I’m not a dime that you dropped on the sidewalk,
As you kept walking ’cause your pockets were overflowing.
But when lean times set in,
You came back around the block, remembering me.
You spotted me and thought, “Voila! There she blows.”
But when you bent down to pick me up, I didn’t budge.
I looked available, but now I am immersed into the pavement.
I am no longer a lost dime. I am an engraved star.
Cemented in place as you are forever reminded,
Of what you overlooked.
May 30, 2021
Sometimes life can catapult us into a web of darkness. We may find ourselves surrounded by a subculture that operates at a low, slow medium. We may be shocked by its foreignness and unnatural feel..
Things are nebulous, cloudy and unclear because that is how forces of darkness do most of their work. They energize through confusion and naivety of its victims. But we who are blessed, learn to navigate this different terrain. We may begin to discover that we have been gaslighted , redlined, bamboozled or any other negative term that aligns with abusive behavior by those who see us as sport.
But like seeds buried deep down in the soil, our faith is down there working. It makes us continue and remain as we cleave to some unknown strength from within. We are sustained by this Invisible Knowingness.
We are being tried and tested. The alchemy is in its process of still creating though we have no idea of what is going on. Yet, on any given day, the bud of new life reveals itself. We raise our heads and behold the light which has been there all the time, stationed right behind the dark clouds.
We have wrestled with error and trickery but we make it to the top where the light awaits our recognition . We realize that we are quite exhausted and we may have loud, snoring nights because we have been through a real struggle. We wash off the debris, the filth and the stench as we get rid of those pungent thoughts which no longer serve us.
As the adage goes, “Cream always rises to the top!” The dark night of our souls have been transformed into the newness of light. The sun-lit sky extends its open arms and we move towards it with a lighter, higher energy!
May 23, 2021
We are all reopening now!
The pandemic made us stop, bow,
Our heads and pray to Him above,
To have mercy and send His love.
Beaconing rainbows did appear,
Signaling good omens are near.
Green light! Second chances to know
Whose in charge and Who loves us so.
Let us not forget as we go,
Forward. Walk gently and just know,
Kindness counts. Do practice it well.
For many were saved by the bell.
As we emerge from that cocoon,
Engage with Him and very soon!
Remember all that He has done,
Share your hope. Victory has won!
May 16, 2021
Though the horrors of the pandemic were multiple, we now see blessings flowing forth. Many of us are rethinking our lifestyles. Families have been forced to be in the same tight spaces for over a year now. Many within the family are really getting to know each other better or in some cases for the first time.
We have fallen back to basics as it was in the Leave it to Beaver days Then, it was customary for families to sit down and actually eat together and discuss the events of the day. We are slowly remembering what really matters in this life. There have been fewer schedules of driving and driving as parents drop their children off here and there for this and that club or activity.
People have had enough time to even consider growing their own foods and planting seeds for personal gardens, according to one news story. Families are eating healthier because they have been able to slow down and plan menus as they keep good diets in mind.
Also, due to sparse funds, more chefs have emerged as creative dishes have been prepared for the household. There have been fewer grabs from the drive-through because all are now watching how those dollars are being spent on a daily basis.
People have been begun to rethink wardrobes because high fashion has been put on hold for those who have not been going into the offices. There has been less need to impress. And, with the wearing of masks, even the need for makeup and lipstick have come to a virtual halt unless people are putting on a face for Zoom meetings.
Several are also rethinking how they do work. Now, many are looking at diverse ways to earn money while eliminating those long commutes which can be stressful. That stress can roll over and affect all members of the household. A calmer breadwinner makes a happier home!
And lastly, people have started to find more mindfulness activities. Those newcomers to the spiritual life are learning to cleave to quiet, breathable spaces as they seek peace, calm and wholeness. This pandemic has truly rocked the peoples of the world but as the Native Americans chant, “Out of ashes, peace will rise!”
May 8, 2021
As we grow and evolve, oftentimes we are surprised at the results of our efforts. New buds emerge and growth spurts push through our watered soil quite like the new, colorful dogwood trees with that have recently reappeared on our landscapes.
Yes, we have become more cognizant of the importance of caring for ourselves as we eat healthier, sleep more deeply and cleave closer to our personal faiths. The pandemic has brought us to our knees on so many levels and it has made us rethink some of our former choices.
We realize that our help most certainly comes from above and from there alone. It is the only real source of answers to our incessant prayers. We stop looking to the left or to the right to ask our friends and peers which way we should go. We can see that they do not have the solutions. Therefore, we are less inclined to listen to them spew out their half-baked ideas which can send us further down the rabbit holes of despair.
We slowly remember to clearly think for ourselves and recall that most of the answers are buried deep within us. But we must become still enough to listen. Truly listen. Just as we can hear the birds chirp or the mourning dove sing his songs of lament, we will once again hear the still, small voice whispering, “This is the way. Walk ye in it!” We will feel more assured as we trust our own inner instincts to lead us forward. And quite like the late Prince Philip advised, we can then, “Get on with it!”
May 1, 2021