A farewell to summer days.
of the turtle
we withdraw where
in silent spaces
Darkening days we learn
within or is it
beneath the surface
to the cocoon
From which we emerged
Soothed by the sound of rain
the promise of browning grass
as the high country pales and fades
with a wave of returning stillness
as a cloud enwrapping
the veil of early morning
silhouettes of what will be
maybe it is the
winds and waters which
when what I thought
was something more solid
A poem in progress.
Words evolving as we do with life.
Yeah, I know. I could leave it and settle for “good enough.”
But good enough is not good enough.
If you only live once, live as fully as you can. Be the best person you can be. Do the best work you can do, and share the best of yourself.
A good reminder from Mother Teresa: “People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”
We can’t expect others to be nice, use manners, play fair… All we can do is be the best person we can be.
Learn to trust. Sure, you’ll get burned. Get over it and try again. Practice makes perfect. Not trying gets you no where.
Take the blame if need be – Let someone else be the one to pass it on. Something too heavy for them to carry will only make you stronger.
It’s not just “the new generation.” It’s the old farts, too. And plenty of us finding ourselves in the middle ground.
Oh, the disappointment of human beings. My self included.
Notes to self.
This morning, I thought I’d share them with you.
I have been meaning to share with you my friend, Teri’s blog: http://myeverydayphotos.wordpress.com/
Teri is a talented professional photographer from Washington State’s beautiful Methow Valley. What many of you might be most interested in this. Considering the devastation, sadness, fear and almost a sense of personal violation so many of us here in Colorado experienced over the past years (and presumable in years to come as well) while wildfires rages around us (last year’s Papoose Fire/West Fork Complex Fire is described intimately in The Last of the Living Blue), this year it has been the Methow Valley hit hard. Teri’s words and powerful images tell the story better than I shall try to. If you have a moment, please see Teri’s work here.