Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Seen in one context, it looks familiar.
Seen in another context, it looks exotic.
The familiar teaches mindlessness.
The exotic teaches vigilance.
What is the middle way?
The choice to see all things as new.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The present grinds future into past
like a mill crushing a river of corn.
What mattered before was for before.
What will matter after will be for after.
What matters now is for now.
what matters now is what matters.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
How do we make room for each other
on a planet of shrinking resources,
growing populations, and warming seas?
How do we help each other have a chance
not only to survive but also to thrive?
How do we motivate one another to take
responsibility for our own individual lives --
to "get up and do what needs to be done"?
How do we heal our political wounds
and learn to treat each other as humans again?
How can we accomplish such impossible tasks?
By deciding to.
Friday, August 26, 2011
A split mind asks
do I go right or left?
But a split mind
will never reach
a singular answer.
only come to
A split mind offers
a more interesting
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
When we serve the poor
at the expense of the wealthy,
we send money running
through the halls of government
When we serve the wealthy
at the expense of the poor,
the sound of mothers weeping
will only grow louder.
When we use our shared wealth
to serve those in true need,
we sow peace and justice across the land.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
A hard rain
can cause havoc.
So can a long rain
over many days.
So can no rain.
We clean up the debris
after a hard downpour.
We repair the damage
from days of steady rain.
We draw water from other sources
until the clouds pour down again.
This is life between storms.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Bells ring, and children flood the halls.
They swim and turn like fish in schools.
In this shared moving, they become one.
Bells toll, and a funeral procession
leaves on the last trip for one departed.
In this final journey, we become two.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Do you see the house?
Do you see the light in the window?
Do you see the family at the dinner table?
Do you see the threads that tie you together?
Shelter, light, family, food.
These make strong bonds.
But they are not the strongest.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
A kite flies easily over a meadow.
Not so easily over a mountain.
A canoe floats calmly over a pond.
Not so calmly across an ocean.
What is easy in one setting
is not easy in another.
For an easy life, seek meadows and ponds.
For a larger life, mountains and oceans.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Stare at a white wall for a minute,
and the afterimage will be black.
Stare at a black wall for a minute,
and the afterimage will be white.
Each follows the other in turn.
What follows fear but joy?
What follows gladness but pain?
Nothing lasts forever.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
When there is only one way forward,
it isn't because there's only one way forward.
It's because I've chosen to believe
there can be only one way forward.
When I believe this, I make a lie into truth.