Monday, December 10, 2018

Appreciate the light


The holidays go by so fast...
Make time to appreciate the beauty and the light.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Use your gifts


It’s not enough to simply have a gift.
You really need to take it out and use it,
Or it’ll just get rusty and freeze up...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Treasuring community


Treasure those moments
When we gather in community
And share a meal together...

Friday, December 7, 2018

No need to be perfect


Just a reminder:
You don’t have to be totally tidy or clean,
Unblemished, in the prime of youth,
Or perfect in any way: you are still beautiful.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sharing the pond


We may be going different directions,
But never forget that we share the same pond:
Whatever you dump here affects us both.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The enchantment of mystery


Be not afraid, but curious
about our differences:
A little bit of mystery adds enchantment
to the forest that we share.

Monday, December 3, 2018

We are community


However you move forward in this world —
Whether sails or paddles, motor or oars —
Together we make up a community:
Let’s coexist in peace and mutual respect.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Look up from Now


Find a moment to look up from the Now:
From the mending and the bills;
From to-dos and complications,
And appreciate the beauty of the day...

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Break the chains of expectation


Breathe in divine acceptance: let your chest expand
And break the chains of others’ expectations,
Lest you pass those binding agents on
To stunt the growth of those whose lives you touch.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Awash in awe


I stand, awash in awe,
filled with admiration for the beauty of this world;
grateful for the fragile ties that bind us, friend to friend,
heart to heart and each to each.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

What is true?


How do we detect what is true and what is not?
How will we know if what we see is truly real
Or just projection? Light and truth take many forms:
We can’t assume we always have the answers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Adventures in creativity


Creativity is not about tidiness and perfection.
It’s an invitation to change your perspective;
To explore and to experience; to risk,
and to adventure; to rise above the ordinary.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Choices


There is a path that has opened up before you
(But it’s steep, and I’m not sure where it ends)
Will you say yes, or remain here, crying “but...”;
Venture out, or find a way to get
more comfortable with where you are?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Welcoming change


Don’t think of change as a scary monster!
Think of it as a challenge to creativity:
What can you do embrace the inevitable,
Help make it palatable, and welcome its gifts?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Resistance to change


Perhaps our most challenging test of skill
Is fighting our own inner child’s
Resistance to change; her determination
To seek solace in unhealthy habits.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

You don't have to be a star


Take a lesson from the moon:
You needn’t be a star to be a beacon of hope.
Simply reflect whatever goodness and light
You experience back into the world...

Friday, November 23, 2018

Working together


Working together helps build community.
How will you help your friend or neighbor today?

Thursday, November 22, 2018

In Gratitude...


I’m thankful today for family and friends,
For the grace, beauty, and bounty of this world,
And all the events and circumstances —
Whether pleasant or uncomfortable —
That have helped me to grow over the years.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

In flight reflections


For all who are in flight today —
Either to or from the holidays —
May you find at least a moment
For some peaceful reflection.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Each passing thought a shadow


Each passing thought, a shadow,
Casts its beam of hope upon our hearts
And then moves on, leaving behind
Faint memories of love or loss once known...

Monday, November 19, 2018

What story will you choose?


It’s your life, and it’s your story: you can choose
how to present it to yourself and to the world.
Is it a positive evolution or a series of setbacks
You can’t seem to forget or to forgive?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Let your heart soar


Today’s a good day to release yourself;
To set aside, if only for a moment,
All the cares that weigh you down.
Breathe deep, and let your heart soar on the breeze.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

We are all connected


The truth is this: that we are all connected,
And any time we sever those connections
All of us become more vulnerable,
And our capacity for growth is endangered.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Prepared for change


What is it that we know about this journey?
Just when we think the end’s in sight,
We find it takes another turn,
Toward some new destination.
Always be prepared for change...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Being an artist


Being an artist is not about what we produce.
It’s about showing up to the canvas, the page,
the instrument, the stage;
about making time to participate
in the cosmic (or if you prefer, divine) creative process.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Seeking the center


Circling round, and circling round,
And circling round again:
When will I ever reach that center point,
That stillness?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Upon the ring of earth


The mountain, set in stone upon the ring of earth:
a promise of engagement.
The sky puts on her wedding clothes
And dances her delight in sparkling slippers.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Step into the light


Come sit with me; step through into the light.
Together we’ll escape the dark,
Find shelter, peace, comfort, and hope,
And satisfy our thirst for the Divine.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

For all the broken and burned


Pray today for all that is broken and burned
In the world and in our own souls;
That what fragility has been exposed
May find its way to healing.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Hoping for the best



Apparently my hydrangea
still believes it’s Spring — 
and who am I to tell her otherwise, 
when I, too, find myself hoping for the best...

Friday, November 9, 2018

Staying afloat


What can we do to stay afloat
In this topsy-turvy world?
Tie up to some familiar ideology
And hang on for dear life...

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Be kind to yourself


Be kind to yourself. Make time today
to see and to appreciate
the beauty in the ordinary.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time to rise above it all


In a season where green concerns
Are being overshadowed by a wash of red,
We need to rise above; to trust;
to stand as beacons of light and truth;
To inspire and encourage; not condemn.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From a distance


How far back will we need to stand to see
the opposing thrusts of differing expectations
as part of a larger picture, a more balanced,
more cohesive whole?

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hoping for forgiveness


I keep hoping for all that separates us to recede;
For the tide of past infractions to glide away
and expose the ground that still connects us both;
That each of us might step onto the path of forgiveness.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Always true



It always will be true:
That while some things are green and growing
Other things are dying.
The rain and dew and sun fall on them all...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Keep your head down


Perhaps if we all keep our heads down,
concentrate just on feeding ourselves,
meeting our own needs, we won't notice 
that fog that's closing in, or the wolf around the corner...

Friday, November 2, 2018

Opposites can be true


When will we learn that opposites can be true;
That preconceptions color all we see;
That what seems like an obstacle
Might also be protecting us;
That one man’s dusk might be another’s dawn?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

We all bleed red


Look close: can you not see?
We all have veins; we all bleed red;
Each one of us unique and yet each destiny’s
To separate from Source, and fade, and fall...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We'll have to trust


We’ll have to trust:
However thick the fog may prove,
There will always be lights to guide us
Safely into harbor.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Choose not the darkness


Given the right environment,
Anything can flourish, even hatred.
But we can choose not to let
darkness grow in the cracks of our souls.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Toward a greater whole


Does the tree condemn the flower
For her height, or for her color?
Let all of nature teach us truth: that you and I
Together with our differences make a greater whole.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A longing for safety


My prayer today’s a longing
For an end to senseless violence;
For places where we gather to worship
To be safe no matter what our faith may be.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

You'll just have to trust


Some days you’ll just have to trust
That wherever you find yourself,
However strange the circumstances,
There will still be a path.

Friday, October 26, 2018

That Restless Feeling


That restless feeling,
when you’re itching to get out and paddle
But have no clue where you’re supposed to go...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The road ahead


The road ahead grows narrower still,
And standing here, I brace myself and wonder:
Will I have the courage to walk those final steps,
Not knowing what awaits me at the end?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mystery


In mystery we find
Both solace and inspiration.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Present Beauty


Stay focused on the beauty
Of this present moment;
Let the mountains of your past and future
Fade into the mist.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Laughing like sunflowers


Laughing like sunflowers,
We lift our hearts to the light
And drink in the last golden rays of summer.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Final flamenco


The dahlia’s practical pointed petals,
touched by death’s demented fairies,
curl and turn to lace 
as she performs her final flamenco 
and fades to dust.