What You Need!

There is a coined phrase in literature that speaks of accepting one’s lot.  It means that people learn, at some point, to accept their personal missions in life and make the most of things.  We are all put here for specific reasons. 

We come with our own inner compasses that point us in the direction of our pre-destined purpose for existence.  It is buried deep down inside from the beginning but sometimes others’ ideas about our lives may cause us to veer off course.  Yet, if we are fortunate enough to survive the detours and regain our footing, we can get back onto the right path.  

I was listening to a first grader the other day who is already fascinated with all types of ships.  He knows the history of several famous ships, the year some sank and the actions of the captains and crew members in the wake of disaster.  I said to him, “You probably will be a great Naval officer someday.”   

His inner compass is already leading him in the direction of his charted interests at such an early age.  Hopefully, he will not be thwarted and can fulfill those desires that are coming from somewhere deep down within him.

We may sometimes wonder why we did not get what we thought we wanted in life, but as The Rolling Stones remind us, “We get what we need,” in their song You Can’t Always Get What You Want!  So, once we stop peering over the fence at our neighbors’ gatherings, we can count our own blessings, review our stockpiles, and say, “Hmm.  Not bad.  Not bad at all!” 

Lynn M.                                                                 January 16, 2021 

Clearing Vision

It’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see things as they are!  We often refuse to clearly see and sometimes squint when the blinding lights of truth roll upon us.

Perhaps, like a stingray, the truth hurts too much.  It is easier to flap down our blinders as commercial horses do and pretend that the painful affronts are simply not happening in real-time.

Our childhood brains hide and say, “How could this be?”  Could anyone be this mean and dark-spirited?”  Then, our second childhood self cries out the unanswerable question, “Why?”

After going through all of that, we safely remove stinger after stinger as reality slowly seeps into our cloudy glasses of water.  We quietly admit that there were several red flags posted along the way though we did not want to see those traits flaring up along the journey.

After languishing a while and admitting the inevitable, we wipe our tears, stop shaking our heads and say, “Okay.”  As Ray Charles said, “It is what it is.”  Or, it may have been James Brown; but both men profoundly called life as each saw it.

We start pouring cleansing waters into our glasses darkly and begin walking towards the newness of life.  We add a check mark by that subject matter and whisper “I get it.”

We calmly gather our things, move on and do not bother to look nor glance back.  We sing a little happy tune under our breath filtered with the lyrics, “Your loss.  My gain!”

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou

Lynn M.

January 9, 2021

Take Out the Trash!

Take out the trash!  It’s the end of 2020 and my best response is, “It’s been a lot!”  Our cups runneth’ over.  And the unfortunate part is that we have an overflow of darkness this year.

Time to sort it out just like we separate the lights from the darks before washing our clothes.  We put the darks in one pile and the lights in another.  We could, in this case, call the dark items things to release or even call them garbage for they need to go out with the outgoing year.

Darkness include dark thoughts, painful experiences or even a series of unfortunate events.  Sometimes, they are opaque and hard to detect like in bowling.   Just when we think that we have hit a strike there stands that hidden pin to burst our bubbles. We know that we still have more work to do.

We must turn on all of the lights as we clean and locate that hidden dirt deep down in the corners and crevices of our minds.  We have to turn on that spotlight to make sure that we have swooped up all of the darkness to add to our trash piles.

Then, we should do a second check.  Are there any unseen barnacles trying to attach themselves to the bottom of our boats as we embark upon the new year? Well, we will have none of that!

No more free rides and extra weight to bow us down!  Now take out the trash!  Make it a ceremonious event if need be, but get it done!  Then, breathe.  Let out a big sigh of relief and get ready to walk into 2021, as we put ourselves Number One on our lists!

Lynn M.

December 26, 2020

Naughty or Nice?

Have you been naughty or nice in 2020?  I know.  I know.  You think you’re too old to ask yourselves this question, but whether you are 7 or 77, it is still pertinent today!  Yes, this year has been a doozy but how do you think you fared?  When you think about Santa’s question, it basically refers to how you treated others.

Were you mean or curt in your dealings with others in some instances?  Or were you mean or curt with others on several occasions?  In this narcissistic, selfie world, did you focus on your needs, your wants and your desires while stepping on others like cobblestones on paved streets?  Did you pilfer from others or accept things from others without returning a simple thank you?

Well, if you recognize yourself here, then Santa would label you as being a naughty person.  Hmm.  That could mean that your gifts might be limited because you unconsciously created some bad karma. You might find yourself crying “Boo- Hoo,” like the Grinch.

Or were you rather nice this year on a few or in several situations?  During this ever-reaching pandemic which has touched all points of the globe, did you reach out to others around you?  Did you give a comforting phone call or send a text filled with soothing words to hurting family members or friends?  Did you share a podcast or a link to some reassuring music to lift someone’s spirit?

Did you add an emoji to share emotions, drop some lines of wisdom or even risk it and hug someone in deep despair?  Did you pay a bill or buy groceries for someone less fortunate than you?  Did you volunteer at a food pantry when you had nothing else to give but your helping hands?

Well, if you did any of these things, then you conducted acts of kindness and you will indeed fall into the nice category.  Yes, your returns will come forth pressed down, shaken together and running over.  Your joy will be full because you applied The Golden Rule.  You did to others what you would have them do to you.  Santa would like that at any age.  There is still time to sprinkle in more acts of kindness as you help others and mostly help yourself!

Lynn M.

December 19, 2020

In the Zone!

I recently attended my first Zoom Writers’ Conference and I recall one writer’s comment while speaking to the audience. She mentioned that she reread something that she had written and could not believe that she had actually written it!

I also revisited one of my first books, Traveling Streams: A Reflective Journey and some of the writings are over twenty years old. I sat at the lake and reread my own writings and like her, I was entertained as if I was experiencing this for the first time. I inaudibly asked, “Did I write this?” Then, I thought, “I must have really been in the zone!”

I relived each setting and scene that I described in the book as I was reconnected with those events from the past. As the dots connected like points in a maze, I silently bowed my head with a host of affirmative yeps, amens and checks as I agreed with every word.

When we successfully capture what occurred while inviting others in to take a vicarious excursion with us, then we have truly written from memory and recollection. In a trance-like state, we have unleashed our trains of thought and filled up the page with choice words.

If we are lucky, others have packed their bags and traveled with us while we were deeply transfixed on our intentions. They were both mesmerized and entertained and we as writers have found our purpose as we shared while in the zone!

Lynn M.

December 12, 2020

Light It Up!

Time for all of us to purge,
Stop negativity’s surge.

Clean out those drawers and mind,
Throw out. Delete. Be more kind.

Build good karma right now,
Later, you won’t have to bow.

To those dark forces’ behest,
That counteracts our best.

Face down. Confront. Get it right.
Others will see your new light!

Lynn M.

December 5, 2020

Grateful: A Poem

Grateful for all things from above,
We humble ourselves as a small dove,

We glance over what we’ve achieved,
Though once we couldn’t have conceived.

Here we are in the present day,
Looking around, little to say.

All God’s bounty has blessed us all,
We breathe. Wipe tears. Smile and stand tall!

Lynn M.
November 21, 2020

Suddenly!

In a matter of weeks or shall I say days, we have gone from rich colorful leaves of gold, bronze and red to barren trees.  Life! It is ever-changing whether we notice or not.  The earth is still turning on its axis and doing what it has always done.

Seasons change.  People come and go as do some jobs.  This is a stark reminder that as the adage goes, “Time waits for no man.”  It would behoove us to a take a moment out of our busy schedules, whether that includes those Zoom meetings, tapping on our laptops or scrolling on our devices and stop, look, and listen to nature.

Poets, writers, novelists, painters, and songwriters have always acknowledged nature’s magnificence. It tells us stories and warns us of things to come.  The weather even helps us make conversation with those who we otherwise have no common ground.

Taking notice of the sky has served farmers and planters for eons as they make decisions about their crops.  They can see the rain clouds, or the storms brewing and then they know if it is the best time to sprinkle seeds, cultivate, pull up weeds or gather their harvests.

Looking at these swift changes that have taken place with these trees pictured here, remind me that Old Man Winter is on his way.  And before he makes his frosty arrival, we all should check our stockpiles, put our houses in order and prepare to hunker down so that we can ride out those ensuing storms.

Lynn M.                                                        November 14, 2020

Days of Reckoning

It’s almost the end of 2020.  We are headed into the home stretch and close to wrapping up the year.  Truly hindsight is 2020.  It has been like nothing that we have seen in our lifetimes and some of us have seen quite a bit over the years.

This pandemic has hit us all like a ton of bricks.  We have been snapped out of our Adam-like sleep and awakened screaming, “Whoa!” “What?  “I can’t go outside?”  “I can’t eat in a restaurant and laugh with my friends?”  “I can’t hug my family members or hold my elderly parent’s hand?”  “What is happening?”

Some of us have asked, “What will I do with myself?”  Slowly, many of us realize that we have never been alone with our thoughts. We are being forced to take a break from the world’s madness and take a deep dive within our own souls.

We have watched enough television and reruns to fill us to the brim.  At some point, we must end the Zoom and Google Meets meetings, stop scrolling on the phone and take a step back in time to the medieval era.  In the silence, we might slowly begin to come to our senses as we pretend that there is no Internet, social media nor any technology.  We might even notice the beauty of the rising and the setting suns.

Some may even be inclined to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and try a little journaling. As we jot down our true feelings about a host of things, the debris, filth, and negativity of the past will surely rise to the surface.  We must face them so that they can forever be erased from our consciousness. 

As we look at what has been holding us back, we start the clearing and cleansing process.  We get out the soap and water and clean and continually take out the trash and until we feel that we have completed the catharsis.  We realize that the pandemic has brought its rewards because it made us slow down, think and conduct some overdue inner house cleaning.

Then, we are free to pray, go into a Zen mode, hold some Yoga positions or whatever brings us a sense of tranquility.  When our souls feel purified and we have a squeaky clean, glistening feeling, then we know that we have reached the other side of the murky river. 

We are now more prepared to run that last lap of the indelible 2020 and are almost ready for 2021.  We count our blessings as we take a quick look over our shoulders and think of those who will not see 2021, because they left us in 2020.  We breathe in again and exhale more pain.  We now have had some days of reckoning!

  Push play and take a thoughtful journey with Charlene as she sings, “I’ve Never Been to Me.”

Lynn M.                               November 8, 2020

I’ve Never Been to Me by Charlene