We are being what we will become.
August 4, 2011, 12:59 am
Filed under: Mind, Poetry, Spirit

I’m tripping on wires

And ripping off words.

Feeling inspired

Even though it hurts.

Old wounds run deep

People shout and scream, NO!

Got blinders on.

Earplugs in, too.

Mouths are wide open.

Worst part about it all.

I dreamt that “we” was larger than “me”

With capacity to see.

Realizing errors, seeing obstacles

And seeing two left feet.

People stumble in fresh-pressed suits

Unable to tell the lies from the truth.

But the dream is clear.

I heard it here.

Do you see the container

or do you see the content?

Do you choose now or later?

Do you lament or relent?

See the body is the vessel

That the truth passes through,

But lies snake in

confusing the view.

You try to keep it clean,

but you do what you do.

It’s an upstream swim

and a steep, steep climb.

But when you get to the top

you see with your eyes.

And you know without knowing

Really see without seeing

How this all is

And it can be without being.

The true beauty of life is the sharing of it. It’s about other people. It’s about serving others. Everybody is going to expect something from you. But you’re bound to disappoint or be disappointed if you expect to give everyone everything they expect. You are not helpless. You are not a victim. Refuse to slip into that mindset. Refuse to blame other people and refuse blame. Take responsibility and keep your friends, family and neighbors accountable by guiding them with compassion.

Compassion multiplies when it is divided. Compassion is actually that driving force that allows us to forgive others and forgive ourselves. Compassion is what allows us to get back up after we’ve fallen, failed or messed up. Compassion is what allows us to see through the pain and search for ways to shift our actions. But compassion entails responsibility. Compassion isn’t only for priests and monks and kindergarten teachers. Compassion is a human quality, which many possess and which many lack. Or maybe we have abounding compassion for those who are like us, but when faced with differences or disagreements we withhold compassion. Compassion can be like breathing life into a flame. It strengthens the energy.

It’s like a cool breeze on a hot day or a free meal in the throes of hunger. It nourishes us. It helps us grow. It moves us beyond what we are into what we can truly be. We must be thankful when we are offered compassion, especially when we are not deserving of it.

“Let us be grateful to those who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who help our souls to blossom.” – Marcel Proust

We must nurture those people in return and we have to seek out those people (yes, they’re out there) if we lack them. We simply are not good enough alone. It’s the sharing. That’s the ticket. Yes. One and one makes two. Look at the AND in that sentence, though. That’s where it’s at. That’s where the connection happens. I am truly grateful for my family, friends and co-workers who add daily joys to my life. I am grateful to friends – old and new – who have left their mark and continue to pursue peace. Here is to learning for life. Let us remember that learning does not only occur between walls. Life is a classroom. We are the students. Are you studying?


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