Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pondering the creche

In this season, when there's
so much to be grateful for,
how do we also honor our disappointments?
The job, promotion, or raise we didn't get,
the contest we didn't win,
the marriage that didn't last,
the child that didn't live,
the persistent wounds
that never seem to heal...
We sit here,
up to our necks in gifts and sorrows
and ponder
those timeless figures in the creche --
what do they have to teach us
about holding in our hearts
both joy and sadness?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Standing at the edge of winter

The fields are barren,
empty now,
yet glowing with the promise of spring.
Standing at the edge of winter,
we breathe in the distant horizon
and feel our souls take root,
gathering light for the harvest yet to come.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Hidden Wholeness

That which is barely seen, or only faintly visible
is nonetheless real:
there is a hidden wholeness to everything:
just wait for the light to change,
and all will be revealed.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Look up and smile

Look up and smile:
what to us is just
a means to an end --
two wires,
carrying thoughts,
or energy,
from one home to another --
might prove to be
a perfect host
for someone else's home.

Nature's like that,
you know --
she seems to find
some unexpected use
for even the darnedest things!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Channeling the wildness

There are beautiful wild forces
spiraling within us.
Let them turn the mills and fill the sacks
that will feed even the heavens.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Living creatively

"Even though personal creativity may not lead to fame and fortune, 
it can do something that from the individual's point of view is even more important: 
make day-to-day experiences more vivid, more enjoyable, more rewarding. 
When we live creatively, boredom is banished 
and every moment holds the promise of a fresh discovery. 
Whether or not these discoveries enrich the world beyond our personal lives, 
living creatively links us with the process of evolution." 

-- from Creativity, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Monday, December 15, 2014

What are you waiting for?

And again I ask:
What are you waiting for?
And how are you spending your time while you wait?
Are you squawking? sleeping? 
preening? feathering your nest?
Why, when you have the wings to fly,
would you waste your time
waiting for some undefined future?
Take flight, my friend, and soar into the beauty of Now...