Friday, October 22, 2021

The perfection of the Now

It’s easy to get so caught up 
In the rush to destination 
Or even in the competition to get there first 
That we miss the beauty of the moment. 
Follow these instructions: Do not pass; 
Maybe even take a minute to pull over — 
Or at least slow down — and notice 
The perfection of the Now.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The colors of winter

As we cross the bridge into winter, 
Leaving behind the glorious sunsets 
And heading into months of clouds and rain 
(Yes, that’s what passes for winter 
In the Pacific Northwest) 
I look forward to the restful grays and wonder: 
What colors will emerge in my life 
To fill the days til sunsets flower again?

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Enlarge your sense of what’s possible

Patient observation teaches me 
Persistence and determination can overcome 
Seemingly insurmountable obstacles — 
But it also helps to be able 
To leap tall things at a single bound!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

In praise of clouds

A sunset without clouds 
Is just an orange sky: 
It is the darks and lights, the highs and lows, 
And the reflections that they trigger, 
That give life character.

Monday, October 18, 2021

A new way to serve

Though you can no longer do the tasks 
You thought you were created for, 
That doesn’t mean you cannot find 
Some new way to serve; 
Some way to nurture life and beauty 
And in so doing bless the world!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

A vastness to fill your soul

Some days, it’s good to be reminded 
How very small we are, 
And how magnificent the world 
In which we live. 
Breathe deep, and let that vastness 
Fill your soul…

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Considering change

Be careful, when contemplating change: 
What looks picturesque, 
Appealing from a distance, 
May prove, on closer encounters, 
To be every bit as challenging 
As the life you’re living now. 
That grass that’s looking greener 
May be just as full of weeds 
As the grass you’re mowing. 
That said — a carefully considered change 
Might be exactly what you need…