The Illusion of Knowing People

The trick is

Getting still enough to see past the tower 

Of our own shadow

Into theirs

To slow down enough to take a walk

Into their secrecy

Leaving ours

To walk barefoot on their path of fallen leaves

Pushing aside the undergrowth

And the tentacles of our own briars

That choke their young

Untended foliage starving for daylight

A good Friday Question:

How long has it been since we simply admired those who grow beside us…without bringing our pruning shears?


Make It Right or Lose Everything

never too late

Where there is doubt

Where there is sleeplessness

Where there is hiding

Where there is anxiety

May I resolve to be humble, real, and truthful

It hurts to be humble, real, and truthful

But not as much as living a lie

Let the worst happen to me when my soul is free

I will have strength to make it through

When I am dishonest even the best circumstances

Will leave me empty

Recalling the Currency

Recalling the Currency

We have forgotten it in this new world

Where trading is in the tangibles


One day our heart swells uncomfortably in our chest

Or tears come embarrassingly out of nowhere

For a song or an image or an undeserved kindness

We, unsure why

May plan a life and

Work hard to cover the discomfort of the something

Tugging from our forgotten past

Yet, always in the end

However painful

We will recall the currency of love and invisible miracles

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In a Former Life, I May Have Been a Stalk of Celery

While chopping vegetables for dinner

I was stunned into silence by the celery

Its green parallel lines and majestic shape

And, then, the perfection of the turkey 

Moved me to tears (or was it the intricacies of the onion?)

After that, I admired the plump cranberries

And, then, the cherries on the cake

Even the totally impressive appearance

Of the salt and sage


I handled every ingredient with tenderness

But had to stop and ask for help

To do the same with those

Who came to eat

(It’s easier to love celery, even if I wasn’t celery in a former life. Vegetables, fruits, animals, and birds are easier to love because they usually don’t challenge my ego.  I guess, if I want to do better in this life, I will have to do better at ego-less living.)

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Existential Angst Relief (Reminder)

Today, I heard myself thinking, “I don’t know what my life is about.” This thought is always accompanied by a sigh and maybe a little depression. But, today, right after the sigh, someone asked me to help them. As I did, my confusion cleared. “Oh yeah, I forgot. I’m here to be kind.”



Emily Dickinson said so.

A Way of Seeing

Today, there will be countless beings 

That I may not see

Unless I recall the pain of being unseen 

On the days I felt a failure in work and in love

Confused and depressed

When life rushed on without me

As I hustled for my worthiness


I may not really see unless I recall that pain 

Alerting me to the weight of being and 

The need to honor without judgement 

With words and kindnesses  

And silent prayers

For the unaware, distracted, troubled, or uncaring


The pain of feeling insignificant is my work today

A reminder that nothing ever matters

As much as caring 

Bad Summer? Bad Year?

This was a good reminder for me. I thought it might be worth a repost.

Two-Minute Tune-Up

Sometimes we describe our life this way because of unexpected pain, sadness, or disappointment, while the Universe waits humbly in the shadows with multitudes of gifts for us…again and again, day after day.


Whatever it takes. Find gratitude.

Play not the victim

In your own play

You’ll write the story

By the lines you’ll say

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The Commitment Factor

Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in judgment and guarded in your speech.
Be a lamp to those who walk in darkness and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light to the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,
A dew to the soil of the human heart and a fruit upon the tree of humility

To make these words more than a beautiful sentiment, I say it as a personal commitment:

I am generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity. I am fair in judgment and guarded in my speech…I am a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Take the Word of an Overcomer

When life confuses or defeats me

I can listen to dark voices  

Of anger and despair

Or to the voices that call  

Out of the darkest places

From history

Or from the other side

Of tragedy

Voices that still sing 

A chorus of power

With shining eyes

Heads held high, defying

The worst that life can bring

A voice of triumph

Singing, yes! singing

In mysterious harmony

With my future 

our future selves

Listen carefully.