Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dreaming of a brighter, kinder future


Though life keeps throwing rocks into their path,
The waves of hope continue their relentless rush,
And still we look to the blue horizon
And dream of a brighter, kinder future.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hop to it!


“Hop to it!” My mom used to say
If I was avoiding some task she’d assigned me;
“Hop to it!” As if I were some sort of frog
With no other demands on my time...

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Humbling awarenesses



They come, like thieves, with the moon,
In the wee hours of the morning,
These humbling awarenesses of imperfection,
Masking the radiance of our souls
With shoulds, and should-have-dones,
And - worst of all - the never-shoulda-saids.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

From the same stalk...


However different you and I appear to be —
You in the golden bud of youth
While I am blowsy with age —
Let’s not forget we share the same roots;
Together we’re both reaching for the sun.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The clutter in my brain


The clutter in my brain
reveals itself in silence,
then empties itself onto the page...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Heart of compassion


What is it you desire most,
And what could you do today
To help others achieve that goal?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Smoke-reddened


The smoke-reddened sun has set 
our whole world aflame...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What compassionate act?


Whatever culture or religion you espouse,
I suspect compassion is still a primary value.
What compassionate act
will you perform today?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Above the fray


Though it looks like a wild and crazy day,
see if you can find a way
to stay above the fray --
you won't regret it!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gratitude for beauty


Take a moment today
To say a prayer of gratitude
For all the people who make the time
To add a touch of beauty to our world.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Drink deeply in the silence


The love and acceptance for which you thirst
Lies waiting, sparkling, deep within
The well of the body, sourced by the river
Of spirit that flows through all.
Drink deeply in the silence, and be healed.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Finding my way home


However thick the fog may be —
The infinite distractions
that keep cluttering up my mind and time —
I know I’ll always find my way home to You.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The web of connection


And finally, as the day draws to a close,
The late afternoon sun highlights
The web of connection we always suspected
That binds us all together, each to each...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It won't be long


In the heat of summer, the pine cone’s sap —
A not-so-subtle reminder that
It won’t be all that long before
Winter coats her needles with ice...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The nature of prayer


What is it that we're doing,
when we isolate ourselves
and stand here with our arms outstretched,
trying to catch the wind?

Monday, August 6, 2018

The road to compassion


The road to compassion is paved with kinder words
Than I have spoken yet today.
Help me to step more carefully between the lines...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Appreciate the past and the path


Pausing for a moment
on our path to the future,
We appreciate the beauty
of the past we left behind...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Broadening compassion


Whatever you feel compassion for —
These animals in the cold? —
Can you extend that feeling broader,
To include the lost, the ill, the refugee,
The rich, the poor, the powerful? Yourself?

Friday, August 3, 2018

When we stand together


Sometimes it’s hard to tell
Where you end and I begin,
But when we stand together
What beauty we create!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

You are not your suffering


Trapped inside your own head?
You are not your suffering, but so much more.
Focus on the world beyond your pain,
And feel the tension slip away...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A light in the darkness


Do your best to be a light in the darkness,
And trust that the world around you
Will reflect and multiply
the light you choose to share.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The mix of community


A mix of shapes and colors
Makes a garden so appealing.
When will we come to realize
The same is true for communities?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Celebrate!


All nature sounds her trumpets:
Sing for joy!
Celebrate the new day and give thanks
for all the blessings we’ve received!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

You were meant for this.


There is so much joy in discovering
who and where you were meant to be
and doing what you were meant to do.
Relax and bask in the light of the moment:
you were meant for this.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Surrounded by love


Haunted by the illusion of aloneness?
I pray the fog will lift and then reveal
the truth -- that you're surrounded by love.

Friday, July 27, 2018

A shady place


I hope that in the heat of the day
you may find a quiet, shady place to rest...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The roses or the thorns


Filled with sadness
For those who walk
The path, so lined with flowers,
But cannot see the roses for the thorns...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The purity in stillness


There is a purity to be found in stillness.
Help me today to quiet my thoughts
That purity may be restored.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ideas, take flight


You are unique, but you are not alone.
The same air fills your lungs as mine;
the same breeze lifts the wings of our ideas.
Let them take flight, that they may heal the world...

Monday, July 23, 2018

Let your dreams rise


Today, let your dreams rise,
Your hopes take flight,
And all great possibilities
Dance happily among the stars...

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Calm waters


Wishing you calm waters,
a peaceful morning,
and a day of quiet rest.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The face of the Divine


Look closely, and in every living thing
You will see the face of the Divine.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Feeding your soul for the journey


Yes, it’s good to take the long view.
But don’t forget:
You need to feed your soul along the way...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

What have we learned?


Watching their forebears, the young ones learn
to stand tall and cup their hands, reaching for the light.
Who are our forebears, and what have we learned from them?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Swimming in gratitude


Swimming in gratitude today
For all the friends, family,
organizations and institutions
That help keep us afloat...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A moment of peace


Wishing you a moment of peace
as the new day begins to stir...

Monday, July 16, 2018

Focus challenge


Don't be too hard on yourself.
Sometimes when there are challenges close at hand,
it can be really hard to focus
on anything down the road...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy Anniversary


Marriage is a curious vehicle,
But I’ve never regretted settling into it,
And as another year rolls round
I confess I’m still loving the ride!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The sea of gratitude


On this dark morning, 
not knowing what the day might bring,
can we still find a moment to rest
in a sea of gratitude?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Flames of revenge


Let not the flames of retaliation and revenge
consume your soul: An eye for an eye
will make the whole world blind.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hope anyway


There will be times in life when hope
Seems powerless to stop the spread of evil.
Hope anyway, and do what you can
To bring the good to light...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Our differences have value


A closer look at flowers tells us all we need to know:
That everything’s connected,
and our differences each have value:
All work together for the common good.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Let wisdom's waters rise


Like water, wisdom tends to gather
At the low spots in our lives.
Pay attention; open up your heart,
And let wisdom’s waters rise to fill your soul.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Broaden your perspective


Our challenge, every day,
Is to broaden our perspective:
To look beyond our personal struggles
And see the larger world that lies before us.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A Separate Peace


There are days when I can see the peace
That awaits me,
I just can’t quite figure out how to get there...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Prepare to wait out the storm


If we set sail today, into the sea of clouds,
let's bring along an anchor, just in case:
the weather could get rough, and sometimes it's best
to park yourself somewhere safe and wait out the storm.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Projections/Reflections


So much of what we see in what’s around us
is simply a reflection
of our own thoughts and projections...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Our communal thirst


How far must we travel,
How long must we wait
Before our communal thirst
for righteousness is assuaged?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Approach Avoidance


In every situation there’s a flower and a bee,
But the choice is always yours: you decide
Which is which: which is good and which is bad;
Which to approach or avoid; and which you’ll be.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fantastic hope


This may seem like a fantasy, a forlorn hope,
but I'm asking you to trust, and work to ensure
that the overall arc of history
will always bend toward justice and compassion.