Sunday, October 31, 2021

The losses of the past

The losses of the past 
Cast their long shadows on the present, 
Yet still we keep on sailing through, 
Knowing each has added 
 Depth and color to our journey.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

New/old challenges on the way

As the colors of our sunsets grow more subtle, 
We feel the chill in the air, and know 
That winter’s on its way, with its curious mix 
Of holiday demands and hibernation…

Friday, October 29, 2021

Variety is the spice…

Why does it so delight my soul to see 
So many colors in a single tree?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Another day; another chance

Morning again. Another day. 
Another chance to make things right 
Or make mistakes: the best intentions 
Never seem to guarantee the best results. 
But still we hope, and try, 
And learn — as best we can — 
What seems to work, what doesn’t, 
And how futile it still can be 
To do the same things over and over 
And expect exceptional outcomes…

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The whole picture

The challenge in being present 
Lies in openness to the whole. 
If we focus on the beauty of the sky, 
We miss the deer in the grass before us; 
Focused on the deer, 
We might fail to observe the clouds. 
And distracted by the flamboyance 
Of what’s unexpected or evolving, 
We might more fail to appreciate 
Or even ignore the more subtle elements: 
The steadying influence of home and family; 
The enduring beauty of the trees…

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Healing our divisions

Why do we ache so 
For the divisions in our country? 
Can it be because we hear the echoes 
Of the divisions in our own souls? 
What might we do today to help 
Stitch this wound back together? 
How can we regain a trust 
So repeatedly betrayed?

Monday, October 25, 2021

The best laid plans…

Yesterday we were promised a storm, 
But instead we were given a rainbow. 
So many fears in the course of a lifetime 
Have come to naught — 
When will I come to accept 
That my best intentions, just like my worries, 
Will only occasionally bear fruit?

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Embracing our brokenness

Wholeness was never meant 
To be about perfection; 
It’s about embracing our brokenness 
As an integral part of the picture.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The impact of our choices

Some seeds, when planted, 
Aren’t meant to grow, 
But simply to remind us 
Of the impact of our choices…

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…

Friday, October 15, 2021

Postcards of a life

Why assume that we can fully comprehend 
The complexities of a life that’s been distilled 
Like postcards into the surface we encounter; 
A collection of experiences, memories, 
Grievances, and opinions — some our own; 
Others sent to us and treasured 
For reasons now obscured — 
And yet we persist in judging, 
Based only on what we see: so much easier 
Than taking time to explore what lies beneath.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Beckoning us home

Even in our darkest times, 
There is that flame 
Still burning at the center of being; 
That love that birthed us, each and every one, 
And calls us still to seek out 
What is right, and true, and kind; 
That stands before us, beckoning us home.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Contemplating joining

When contemplating joining a new community,
It’s always wise to spend some time 
Observing patterns of behavior; 
Seeing whether there’s really a place for you…

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The freedom of believing

Ah: this must be how it feels 
To be a person of faith: 
To rest in a nest of possibilities 
And float above potential danger 
Exulting in the freedom of knowing 
We are always, ultimately, safe, and loved.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Invitation of prayer

The invitation is always there, 
Waiting at the heart of prayer, 
Welcoming us home, 
To the place at the root of being 
Where we know ourselves to be safe 
And no longer alone.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Going out in a blaze

Something about the exuberance 
Of Autumnal colors is so heartening. 
Perhaps it is the hope 
That we could all go out like this: 
In a blaze of glory, a flame of passion, 
And that the losses at the end might be swift; 
A single storm that strips the branches bare — 
One day so bright, and the next, just — gone.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

From a distance, stillness

There is a quiet peacefulness 
That frequently eludes us 
As we slog through the chaos of daily life — 
A busyness that surely exists 
In farms as well as cities: 
It’s only distance that allows us 
To see the stillness of the scene. 
Meditation allows us to achieve that distance 
While still in the midst of life; 
To find the still calm center 
That lies at the root of existence…

Friday, October 8, 2021

In praise of the careful

I ache for and yet celebrate 
All those of us who are careful: 
The middle-of-the-roaders who are 
Trying to “do it right,” 
Trying to protect our hearts, 
Always testing to be sure, 
Never wildly abandoned, 
For fear of losing control; 
For all the passion so cautiously contained; 
For all the hope that keeps us moving forward 
Despite our fears.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

All hearts ache for love

Morning breaks; another day, another chance 
To ease the pain in someone’s heart, 
To lighten someone’s burden, 
To offer up a heartfelt prayer 
For truth, and restoration of community. 
For, at the deepest level, 
All hearts ache for love.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Gentle invitation

Now that the sun has slowly drifted west, 
We only see the edges of the sunsets; 
The sun itself is masked now 
As it dips behind the trees. 
The colors that result are much more subtle; 
Much more soothing; an invitation 
To enjoy the gentle quiet 
Of an evening as it darkens into night.

The colors of the future

They’re challenging, these liminal spaces — 
The in-between times, 
When what is now is fading, 
And what is yet to come is still unclear; 
When the colors of the past insist on mingling 
With the colors of a future yet unknown… 
But complexity and confusion 
Are also rich with possibilities, 
And engaging with the unknown 
Can often prove transformative. 
Don’t be afraid to question and explore.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Trust, but verify

Many of us, having gone through life 
With all its ups and downs, 
Develop trust issues. Like the deer,
We’ve learned that trusting eye contact 
Will encourage generosity and good behavior, 
But still we maintain a certain independence: 
Knowing that hope won’t always bear fruit.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The light shines through

I suppose it’s trite to point out 
That every life has peaks and valleys, 
Triumphs and tears, but still — 
Even if it’s not always visible, 
There’s always light underlying everything. 
We just have to trust...

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Every moment contains a prayer

If we were to cultivate the habit 
Of noticing everything in our daily life 
With the same concentration and focus
With which we drive, 
We might come to experience and understand 
That everything we see or do 
Can become a source of spiritual nourishment; Everything carries the scent of the sacred; 
Every moment contains a prayer.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Preparing to fly

Today is a good day 
To think about spreading your wings again.