Friday, May 20, 2022

Choosing curiosity

I’m thinking this morning about curiosity; 
About the vulnerability it entails 
To respond to the unexpected or confusing 
With openness instead of frustration.
 Can we respond, like these plants, 
To the dark places in our lives 
By opening our hearts to let in more light?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Grateful for awareness

Give thanks today 
 For that sense of awe within us 
That invites us to notice, stop, and appreciate 
 The simple moments of beauty 
In the world around us; 
That looks beyond the fence of routine actions 
And lifts our eyes to the joy that resides 
In awareness of our surroundings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

In praise of tenacity

How can we not be admire the tenacity 
 Of trees, who so determinedly place roots 
That will support them 
 And allow them to reach great heights 
Despite the difficult circumstances 
In which they started? 
And yet, how fortunate we humans are 
 To have the choice, the opportunity, the courage 
To pull up roots and plant anew elsewhere 
 When circumstances prove inhospitable. 
But still — the need for roots remains: 
Too many moves, and the lack of roots 
May stunt our growth…

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Where can we step?

This time of year, 
Despite, or perhaps because of, a rainy Spring, 
Every living thing appears to be blooming. 
Where can we step, if every step we take 
Appears to crush a blossom?

Monday, May 16, 2022

Stop and explore

Sometimes, like scientists, 
We make our most important discoveries 
 On the way to something or somewhere else. 
What is it that invites us to stop and explore? 
And what is it that puts the blinders on 
And drives us to keep pushing forward 
To the arbitrary goals we set for ourselves?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

From wariness to hope

What if that wariness we feel 
When something new or unexpected 
 Enters our horizon — 
Which stems from a longing to protect 
Who we are and what we have — 
Were transformed into hope:
 Expectation of opportunity
 For expansion and growth?

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The paths we follow

I so appreciate the ones 
Who take the time to guide us on our way. 
And I hope, with time, I’m leaving markers 
For other folks to follow. 
But the fact still remains that blindly following 
 The path others have laid for us 
May not be leading us where we are meant to go. 
We must raise our eyes; look up and out, 
And in the end must choose 
 The destination that’s right for us, 
 Even if it takes us off the path.