Age is not a curse… It’s a gradual walk through a journey. Not all are given the opportunity to grow old.
When you dream at night, can’t anything happen next? Are you limited by what you dreamt the night before? Aren’t you the creator-manifestor-genius behind every bell, whistle, and sparrow?
Same for the dream of here and now.
~ The Universe
Written by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
[Art: Annelie Solis]
… and so I dance.
In the old days it seemed no one would hire the youth in entry level positions … it seemed to me (at the time) they rather would hire a skilled professional, every time.
These days it seems no one wants to pay a fair wage for skilled professionals and would rather hire entry level needing training.
I’m sure this has to do with me being a youth in example one, and being a person with 30 years of knowledge in a specific industry thank n the other.
My employer is fair, perhaps more than fair even. I have no complaints at all. I’ve been blessed it seems with this particular role. Grateful … and observant.
Feeling, sensing and seeing the shifts …..
I believe soon, people will recognize trade is where it’s at … if only people would stop taking advantage of each other.
It is clear to me having had the experience, we ALL have our difficulties in this arena.
As I looked at my friend he described his love for a particular song and tears came to his eyes. I silently thought, oh my friend … it is really something when you see a man who was never privy to showing emotion be so openly connected and affected by a song … or any number of others small things such as that. I am quite grateful to be present through these life changes with my oldest known friend. It is a real privilege, and I am glad I never “burned that bridge”.
I came home and sat in my chair focusing on those in the Aether, those who live but are not seen, by most. I asked them if any of them had ever been Father’s, and I wished them a happy Father’s Day, explaining that the humans have decided to put away one day in particular to celebrate the fathers of this world, and that means ALL fathers, not just those we can see right now.
I have enjoyed my time here in this world. I have created many pleasant, and also many non-pleasant scenarios. I now work on making these creations of future more positive since I can see from personal history what both look like and what both entail.
I came across a book which I honestly have not read yet, I just found it this morning. It looks to be something which will be of great benefit in the process of altering current realities. If inclined, pleas check it out. Perhaps you may find value in it.
Life has shown the intricacies of relationship are boundless. Often, these relationships are the result of our efforts to bring harmony. If there is any form of chaos, perhaps our method of interaction and cooperation are not quite up to par. Or perhaps we have not put the needed work in for a situation to be harmonious … or maybe the methods that we are working with do not allow space for alteration and flow that is needed in order to embrace all aspects of our community, our self, and our future reality we are working to build.
I have found that even though some people and some events have brought great suffering to my world, they have also allowed opportunity for great love, and an even greater understanding of what it means to allow freedom in our friends and their choices, simply being with that, not judging … that beautiful mess that is sometimes created that we often call unity.
Yes, working with many personalities and preferences can be a challenge, but when everyone is on, or at least ‘around’ the right frequency, it all flows, and it is all beautiful. Individuals working together in the best manner possible to bring harmony to the whole.
I love you, friends, for being the mirror I need to make sense of this world. Thank you for letting me learn from your example, and for allowing me to take part in your life. It is indeed the greatest gift in this world, and I am grateful.
As a young girl nearing high school graduation I remember singing this song, sure that some day some wonderful man would feel this way about me.
Forty plus years have gone by and I’m left perplexed. Does this even happen? Sincerely? Or are they all actually only thinking about what they can gain from being with you … sex, wages, driver, cooked food, clean laundry, a punching bag, legal slave …
I’ve just about determined this world is screwed, that the human DNA had a fail safe, an internal switch that went off at a given time where people just start imploding. The person, the family unit, the city or town, the country … all (seemingly) going straight to hell.
It’s difficult to have faith in true love after so much time and so many examples (some personal, others not) of its non-existence.
I have a book that is about a subject which fascinates me and my curiosity about it (need to know) caused me to purchase it for $70. It sits on my end table as a reminder… read me … yet all I seem to want to do currently is sit back and listen to love songs. I especially love the men when they sing of love in their hearts, the love they rarely let show in a healthy manner.
Well, I suppose there will come a day the book opens, or a movie gets played … until then I’ll continue trying to remember my belief in love.
Today is a day for releasing that which does not bow to the “Do No Harm” rule. With assistance, and to the best of my current ability, I continue to fight for what is right and good … in my current view.
“If you run it makes her faster”
Are we going to last forever? Perhaps … perhaps not … where is your heart currently on the “Do No Harm” rule? Have you tried to shed that which is non-compliant, or do you embrace destructive behaviors?
I once did … embrace destruction. This was because my heart had been torn asunder by many who cared not, and in turn I became dis-heartened, and angry.
In order to reclaim our heart, that which has stolen our capacity for genuine care must be fought. It is similar for all people, yet circumstances (and planetary alignments) will make it appear less so. It is up to us to take note of our reflection, that which we see in this world, and then make changes accordingly.
Take Responsibility For Your Part;
Build Upon This Clean Base,
A World To Be Loved In.