Friday, June 23, 2017

Uniquely you


Though you clothe yourself to fit in with your surroundings,
you will always remain totally, uniquely you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The incompleteness of things


Our lives are spent in an endless search
for wholeness and completion.
But it is the incompleteness of things
that pulls us ever forward into the light...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The grounding of Now


Both life and art are about striking a balance:
between light and dark, between work and play,
between the grounding of Now and the blue sky of Hope;
between the momentum that comes from longing 
and the grateful, grace-filled acceptance of belonging.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Family ties


Sometimes those family ties get us tangled up in knots.
But what ties us down may also be what's keeping us afloat...

Monday, June 19, 2017

What every parent knows


Just because they're not cute little babies anymore,
just because the project is close to done, not nearly so much fun,
just because the end is near and you are getting tired --
that doesn't mean you can walk away:
you still need to keep an eye on things; 
keep everyone in line...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The path not followed


Take a moment; pause, breathe --
allow yourself to be refreshed;
appreciate a path you were never meant to follow.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The color of hope


Feeling bereft? Alone? Burnt out?
Find a forest or garden,
and let the scents and colors of hope
revitalize your soul.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Healing grace of love


When the rhythms of our daily living shift,
if only for a moment's brief vacation,
we've been offered yet another opportunity
to rediscover the healing grace of Love.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When the path is unclear


There are times when it's hard to see beyond
the obstacles ahead;
when the path that lies before us is unclear...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gather and store, live and grow


How much of our lives do we spend living and growing,
and how much do we spend gathering and storing?
Where is the balance that works best for you?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anticipating replenishment



The more the clouds loom,
The more the water sparkles,
Anticipating replenishment.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Self-protection


We were born, created to advance, explore, and learn.
Perhaps it's time to stop being quite so self-protective...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A territorial view


One of the unexpected pleasures of aging:
learning to appreciate a simple territorial view...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Souls blessed with bodies


We are not bodies who have souls;
we are souls who've been blessed with bodies --
and oh, what a difference that makes!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Unexpected blessings


Each spring, my garden yields new and unexpected blessings...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

In the caves of the heart


There are many obstacles to keep us from deepening,
from seeking the serenity that lies deep in the caves of the heart.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Not alone in loss



Aching for dear friends whose daughter/granddaughter committed suicide last week. In search of a laugh last night, we went to see Baywatch. The moon greeted us as we left the theater, as if to say whatever losses you endure, I will still be here for you...

And now, this morning, these words from Anne Lamott's Hallelujah Anyway:
"This is the purpose of memorial services, to cry and hold on and stick together, as well as to release ourselves from the grinding regret: How could this have happened? How can such pain exist? What else should we have done? ...

God doesn't give us answers. God gives us grace and mercy. God gives us Her own self. Left to my own devices, I would prefer answers... 

As we sit, sharing our memories of Jay, every release inside us releases whatever energy inside us tethered Jay here, to this realm that was just too awful for him. We were saying, this is hard, but not as hard as it was for you here, weighed down by the anchors of so-called reality. So go now, go, unfettered."


So, yes: however hard it is for us to say goodbye to those who make the terrible choice to leave -- the moon reminds us, waxing or waning, whether visible or not, that we are not alone in our grief.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time for adventures


It's a sunny day today. 
Where will your adventures take you?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Love anyway



Know this: No one escapes
death, illness, loss or aging.
Love anyway!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ready to serve


After a night of rest,
we stand before you, ready to serve again...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Run with it


Today marks the start of a grand new adventure,
so take that ball and run like the wind!

Friday, June 2, 2017

A lesson from the flowers


In the midst of all this darkness, we still turn
our faces to the light...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our home is here


Wherever we may have come from,
wherever we may be headed,
our home is always here, this moment, now.