the gift of now

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the gift of now

rushing
to be where
we think
we should be
we miss
the opportunity
of the present

hurrying
to know
the future’s plans
we move
right past
the chance
to sense
this moment’s grace

moving
out of habit
we walk
without awareness
of the beautiful nuance
available in our current experience

slowing
to the gift
of now
we open
and feel
fully alive

 

This poem, similar to last week’s (a simple dream), evolved from noticing myself expecting that I should be doing something more or that I should be somewhere else. I find myself in a hurry to know what the future holds, as if the days will somehow be richer if I just know.

And then grace enters the room, I catch myself getting ahead, begin to wonder why I’m rushing, and find what it takes slow down. Once I stop the scurry, I can breathe into the present, with all it has to offer. I discover that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and there is enough time for life to unfold.

 

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* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Mexico. This is Bailey (RIP) who, like so many dog friends, shows us the way to now.

at peace

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I feel at peace when I remember:

  • Everything is already OK.
  • I have all that I need to take the next step.
  • I don’t have to know.
  • Each breath invites the opportunity to be alive, awake, aware.
  • All I really have is this moment.
  • I make a difference by choosing the thoughts I acknowledge and live into.

 

This is an excerpt from my journal. These little conversations with myself are like poetry to me. They arise from someplace wise deep inside of me – sometimes it seems someone else is actually doing the talking. They inspire me and keep me pointed in the direction I want to go.

What do you remember to support you in creating what you want in your life?

 

* I took this photo of these orange double daylilies growing in my backyard during the afternoon light.

quoetic possibility

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I’ve had a fascination with ‘possibility’ for more than a decade now. And, I love quotes – mainly because they inspire possibility in me. 🙂 I thought it would be fun to gather a collection of ‘possibility quotes’ and put them together into a sort-of poem. (Scroll to the very bottom of this post for the names of those credited with each of the quotes.)

Quoetic Possibility

“When nothing is certain, everything is possible.”

“Our thoughts and imaginations are the  only real limits to our possibilities.”

“Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”

“The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.”

“Many are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Dow you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.”

“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for the future.”

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.”

“Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.”

 

* I took this photo at my friend’s cabin on Lake Koronis at sunset.

 

Quote Credits: 1. Unknown 2. Orison Swett Marden 3. Jeffrey Fry 4. Les Brown 5. Ralph Waldo Trine 6. Gifford Pinchot 7. Thich Nhat Hanh 8. Thomas Edison 9. Elizabeth David