Monday, January 31, 2022

The ultimate goal

The goal of education and training, 
Of learning to contain and control 
 Our wilder impulses, 
Is not to keep us fenced in, but grounded: 
To give us the tools and resources we need 
To more fully and more safely 
Live into our freedom, 
Appreciating and exploring 
What the world has to offer 
 Without losing our bearings; 
To ensure we’ll always know our way home.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Follow your heart

What would it take for you to make that shift; 
To be and do what flows easily; 
 To follow your heart; to listen for what it loves
 Instead of trying to mold yourself 
To a life that doesn’t fit?

Saturday, January 29, 2022


There’s such appeal in emptiness: 
The silent clouded sky and waveless sea; 
The carefully constructed boundary, 
The easy path, the obvious destination — 
So peaceful, yet so rare in life… 
Breathe in, and let the calm 
 Assuage your troubled soul.

Friday, January 28, 2022

The music in the fog

Fog, that which obscures, 
 Makes some things clear. 
Once we ignore distractions, 
We begin to see the pattern that’s emerging: 
The shape of things; 
 How everything’s connected, 
Like musical notes upon an invisible staff, 
Singing a song only the heart can hear.

Thursday, January 27, 2022


A heart that is open might discover 
That even the simplest things 
Can arouse empathy: 
How is it that a simple wet rock 
Can awaken us to the pain and fear 
Of the hunted?

Wednesday, January 26, 2022


Standing here, on the edge of the earth, 
Watching as the sun, in its leaving, 
Colors the clouds, which color the sea, 
Which reaches out to repeatedly touch the land, 
How can we not see the connectedness 
 Of everything that is?

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Simple needs

Look around you, and notice 
How, when our requirements are simple, 
Those simple needs are met; 
We have only to bow our heads…

Monday, January 24, 2022

On your own

No matter how many have gone before you, 
How much you’ve learned, 
Or how well you’ve been supported, 
At some point you’ll be journeying on your own, Forced to depend on your own inner resources — 
And there’s beauty in that. Can you see it?

Sunday, January 23, 2022


The words — they tumble out 
From some mysterious inner source,
 Impelled by thoughts, emotions, memories;
 Triggered by images and events… 
How much of what we say is conscious, 
And how much automatic: stimulus, 
Leading to response, 
 While our hearts are off, dancing, 
Somewhere else altogether?

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Open the door

Perhaps the time has come 
To open the door; to release the chains 
And reveal your inner self — 
 Not just to step into your shadows, 
But to welcome in the light.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Promise of dawn

Even as the dark is pulling at us 
With its angry tentacles 
The light interrupts, 
Calling to us in a blaze of color, 
Promising us that we will find 
 A way through to belonging.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Beauty exposed

Those times when, like a tree in winter, 
We feel all naked and exposed, 
 Knowing that everyone can see 
How confused we are; how frantic 
Our attempts to make some sense, 
To find some purpose for ourselves… 
Why do we assume there is no beauty in that?

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Like the silver seas

Just as it takes a mix of clouds and light 
To turn the seas to silver, 
It’s the mix of our life experiences — 
Dark and light — that burnishes our souls, 
Rubbing up against us until we shine…

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Dark edges

Life does, inevitably, have its dark edges; 
Those moments when we find ourselves 
 Standing in a place 
We were never meant to stand, 
Feeling emotions we never hoped to feel, 
Knowing things we never wanted to know — 
And yet, the clouds still drift before the wind, 
The sun, and moon, and tides still rise and fall, 
As if to say, this, too, shall pass, 
And what is now will someday be a memory…

Monday, January 17, 2022

What isolation teaches

What if we all agree that this is simply 
A dark corridor, that everyone must walk 
In single file, sampling isolation, 
In order that we might find ourselves 
 Back in the light, and appreciating 
 The blessings of community?

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Rationalizing the irrational

As the cracks in our society deepen,
 I keep wondering: What is this urge we see, 
 This burning urge to destroy, to enact revenge 
On all that we hold dear, all that supports us? 
Why so much rage? Where does it come from? 
And why do we insist on justifying 
And rationalizing the irrational? 
Why does our hunger for connection 
 Drive us to demolish what connects us?

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Echoes of the magnificence within

Think of that surge of joy we feel,
 Upon seeing the magnificence 
 Of which the sky is capable, 
As a sort of call and response: 
An echo and reminder 
 Of the magnificent possibilities within us, 
Waiting to bloom forth and be seen.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Waves of experience

The curl of the wave as it rises,
That slight backward pull
As it draws on its resources 
The clarity with which we see through it,
The color that’s lost 
In the splash as it falls to the ground…
Perhaps they’re an echo 
Of our progress through life — 
The clarity we find in our rising expectations, 
Fueled as they are by both present and past;1
The loss of life’s color 
When our hopes are dashed,
And the never-ending progression
From stillness to hope and then, once again,
Loss, and then stillness; then hope…

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Lighting the way

Never fear, but trust, and keep walking: 
The way forward and the means 
Will surely be illuminated 
 By those who’ve gone before us 
To light the way.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Reduced perspective

The less we are able to comprehend 
The details that enrich the landscape of life, 
And the more our perspectives are reduced, 
With a corresponding loss of the larger picture.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

On a sunny day

A sunny day, 
And the world seems full of possibilities; 
Our sense of isolation less debilitating… 
We remember we are not alone in this.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Walk and reflect

A walk, and a reflection: 
Two gifts we give ourselves 
 To help keep us on the path 
Toward health, toward growth, 
And a fuller, richer life…

Sunday, January 9, 2022

As clouds recede

Though the storm still shakes the trees 
And lifts the waves to crash upon the beach, 
The sun still rises, edging the receding clouds 
With color, and with light, reminding us 
This, too, shall pass, and hope will rise again.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Focus on the light

Why, when there is so much light, 
Do we insist on focusing 
On the darkness that lies within? 
When will we learn to trust that the dark 
Will always be contained and circumscribed 
 By the light?

Friday, January 7, 2022

Textures of the ordinary

In wintry times, 
 When chills and disappointments mount, 
We find ourselves dreaming fondly of summer. 
And in summertime, 
When heat can steal our breath and tempers rise, 
We long for cooler days. 
In troubled times, inevitably, 
 We hunger for and treasure 
The textures of the ordinary 
 Life we left behind, savoring the memories 
And longing for the past to return. 
 When will we learn to patiently accept what is?

Thursday, January 6, 2022

How shall we endure this storm?

In the midst of the storm 
We take shelter as best we can, 
Protecting what we can 
And hoping that what losses we endure 
Won’t be too hard to overcome. 
But the measures that have been taken 
Over the past decades and centuries 
 To protect the intangibles in our lives; 
The principles that guide us, 
The institutions and the promises — 
How shall we protect them from the storm?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sunlight and shadows

Sunlight and shadow, both familiar, 
Shifting as the day revolves: 
Why, then, do we worry, 
When the shadows fall on us? 
Can we not remember 
 That the light always returns — 
Or choose to move to where the light falls next?

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The light of love

It’s not that this scene, or you, or even I 
 Might be considered beautiful. 
It’s the light; it’s always the light: 
Like love, it can make even the simplest thing
 Attractive and appealing. 
Where is the light of love 
Shining in your life today?

Monday, January 3, 2022

Brighter days

Whatever challenges you face, 
Do not lose hope, but trust 
That you are cared for, and watched over,
 And there are brighter days to come.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Bridging the gap

When the gap between us looks insurmountable, 
Step back; remind yourself 
That beneath our disagreements we’re connected, 
And then begin again 
 The challenging task of building bridges, 
 Reaching out across the chasm, 
 Trusting the common ground that unites us both.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Wake up and celebrate

And so it begins again: another year, 
Another opportunity to learn and grow; 
To set aside old habits and build new ones; 
To tackle all the tasks we’ve left undone; 
To pontificate less and listen more 
 And find a way to reach across the gap 
That separates us from that we’re meant to love. 
But first — wake up! And celebrate! 
 And breathe a prayer of gratitude 
 That we’re still here, and still have the chance 
To become and do 
 Who and what we’re born for: 
 To achieve and fulfill our destiny.