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Flow

It’s the flow from one thing

to another without interruption.

One joyful activity after another.

If it’s not fun, why in God’s name

are you doing it?

Get in the flow of good feelings so

you can spend your energy

perpetuating it.

To have to constantly leap out of

the fire back into the pot is

harassing and demeaning.

You’re better than that.

You deserve better than that.

Going where you don’t want

may be a flow of sorts

but mainly you’ve got a

good head of steam, taking

you nowhere, fast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pretense

Falls Creek Falls, Washington.

Falls Creek Falls, Washington.

Every day my job is

falling out of a tree

like a cat

learning to land on

its feet.

I like the challenge

of getting oriented

to a new situation

quickly–

and being able to

“roll with the punches”,

which can be fun.

To pretend you know

what you’re doing

with little kids

is difficult.

They see right

through you–

they see any pretense.

You have to

give them something

to have confidence in.

You have to appear

competent even though

you have no idea what

you’re doing, swimming

through a morass of

confusion and constant

amendments to to the

plan…

But I love

making it up as I go.

It feeds my creativity, and

I get to try, and learn a lot

of new things to add to my

repertoire.

No one knows what to

expect–

least of all, me.

It’s a great adventure.

They’re wondering, can

I pull this off?

No one knows until

I do or I don’t.

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Weighing in with the Heart

My naive approach to life

wants to completely give

the reins over…

Make sure everything has

a box,

and a label,

and is in its proper place.

I want life cut & dried.

But life’s a flow

for one thing,

not a snapshot.

People are involved,

not just rules &

guidelines–

commandments! even.

No, each one of us

tailor makes life to

our own thumb print,

so it fits us like a glove.

We take within from

without, and make it ours.

We snip & cut until

we have a fit that

works.

We’re our own best

educators,

by the time what

we get,

becomes useful to us.

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Photograph © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

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Stepping Rightly

I feel like I’ve been given

a spiritual bankroll/

download from being

with, or connection with,

others.

Some kind of an “invisible”

supportive energy is

carrying me through

my daily activities.

I’m not trying, at all, to

do it; it is just there,

enabling me to make

better choices, stronger

choices.

Whereas before, I was

weak, and did not think

highly of myself for failing

to measure up to my

stated goals–when it

would have only taken

a “no” to someone, or

some little extra effort

to get going on a

desired project.

It’s nice to feel like

you’ve “landed” for a minute.

Venezuelan Laughing Gull on lightpost in Charlotte Amalle. St. Thomas. US Virgin Islands

Venezuelan Laughing Gull on lightpost in Charlotte Amalle. St. Thomas. US Virgin Islands

You are not constantly

buzzing around, busily

doing “nothing”–mostly

pointless, activities.

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Early to Bed

Yes, it’s true.  You don’t know

what’s coming out of you until

you start to speak or write it.

Get the flow going.  Started.

Inertia carries you forward

with the rest.

Speaking of which, is not optional.

You pay dearly for not getting

to bed, & presumably to sleep,

early enough each night.

Probably the biggest deficiency

in our culture in the west.

Close up of Pinus Strobus 'Louie' needles, Oregon

Close up of Pinus Strobus ‘Louie’ needles, Oregon

Most tribes would have been

asleep for three hrs. at this point

and naturally getting

up earlier, also, with the sun,

for a more normal, natural

existence.

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flow…er

How can one slow down

a rushing stream he’s

caught up in?

The answer is–he can’t.

A lake he can make with a dam

but then it is no longer the

Sea anenomes on rocky shoreline at Cape Perpetua, Oregon

Sea anenomes on rocky shoreline at Cape Perpetua, Oregon

stream, going somewhere.

Humanity is going, evolving

to a new place, rapidly.

It’s not really slowable.

It is what it is.

Even if you sit on the bank

a while, like a frog, your

home is in the water and you

will return.

So, carving out niches of

calmness in eddies and

pools to the side of the main

flow is important–

until you’re ready again

to enter the speed of

the current.

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Ease

Mariposa Grove Museum with giant Sequoia Redwood trees. Yosemite National Park, California

Mariposa Grove Museum with giant Sequoia Redwood trees. Yosemite National Park, California

The day carried me on its back.

I went along for the ride.

It wasn’t always this way.

Something just kicked in

and I was on autopilot.

In the flow.

I couldn’t have booked a

day like this–it was a

gift, I guess–whoever’s

in charge of passing out

such things.

I would have to look hard

to find a regret.

Did everything come back

to me from my emanation?

And what, all of a sudden,

made me so positive,

so dodging the horns

of misfortune at just

the last moment?

Photograph © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

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Flowing Smoothly

Unnamed waterfall in Beauty Creek. Jasper National Park, Aberta Canada

Unnamed waterfall in Beauty Creek. Jasper National Park, Aberta Canada

I feel so fortunate.

An assignment I liked–

no, loved!

Fresh berries from the market.

Having my abilities

more fully used.

Building a foundation

of love,

for when I return.

Feeling adequate as

I gain confidence

and experience–

each day is a new

learning adventure

no matter how

many times I have

performed the same

actions.

I feel “guided”–

I am notified

automatically, it

seems, when a

course correction

is necessary.

As I listen,

answers come.

I do not hesitate

to act even if I

know not where

I’m headed.

All I need

is directions

for now.

Photograph © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

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Saturdays

I don’t want to give up

Saturday to let Sunday

in.

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

But it must be.

I would be a time traveller

par excellence

to be in both days at once.

I have my hands full handling

one day at a time.

Yet, some days are my

favorites with an unscheduled

agenda so I can let loose

& not try so hard

to fulfill all my “commitments”

I see as unoptional.

I’m thankful for today

as much “nothing” as

got accomplished.

I usually push much harder &

(presumably) get more done–

at least it appears so on

the surface–there may

be backlashes down the road

& energy debts to be repaid.

You only get so many Saturdays

in a lifetime.

Photograph © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

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Patience

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I can’t wait to receive

my shipment of

patience.

It seems like

I’m doing nothing

about my present

requests, problems.

My timing is not

modulated by

patience.

I’m 5th in line when

I want to be 1rst.

Next to be served.

My many desires.

Reasonable is a word, only.

Patience defines it by

how much you have.

We live in a “now” culture.

So, waiting is often

intolerable.

Yet, who would paddle

a boat down a fast-

moving stream,

when nature’s at the helm?

I can be happy without.

Movement, like a battalion,

advances in unison.

Running out in front

has its own set of problems.

I wonder if they’re worth the risk?

Photograph © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

Silhouetted rock formations. Leslie Gulch, Malheur County, Oregon

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