Right Here, Right Now

Gift-Curse of Grief

“When we come to deeply be with the finitude of our lives, and the lives of those we love, our appreciation for everything is deepened.

We touch a vibrancy, a richness—and we begin to wake up.

This other person we love could die at any time.

And we too will die.

We realize that every moment is a secret cache.

Each breath is an offering.

And every increment of time is irreplaceable.

The only thing for which life offers even a fleeting guarantee is this moment—right here and right now. This is all we have, all we ever have.

It is both absolving and terrifying.”

~Joanne Cacciatore, “Bearing the Unbearable”

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EVERYDAY LESSONS: Learning from a Single Example

(Written on 6/3/2021 for DOC Morning Watch 7/17/2021)

INTRO

This entry is a transcribed version from a recent presentation. It has been modified to be “legible” for those who were not in the presentation, however it will be lacking the music, photos and videos used. Hopefully, the intent and point will come across anyway… Continue reading “EVERYDAY LESSONS: Learning from a Single Example”

Wasted on the Way

In the midst of attempting to sort, pack, discard, donate, re-pack…a song popped up: Crosby, Still, & Nash’s song “Wasted on the Way.” And as I sat there listening to the song, I realized how this piece of music from my past is so appropriate at this time of life (for any time of life). Continue reading “Wasted on the Way”

“America is Angry. Now What?” (Escape Adulthood blog)

Putting on the Adult hat for a moment, I find I resonate with the words in the Escape Adulthood article (https://escapeadulthood.com/blog/2020-06-07/america-is-angry.html) and appreciate the Yoda-ish flavor of the chain reaction of fear (“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” –Yoda). Continue reading ““America is Angry. Now What?” (Escape Adulthood blog)”

Shoes On A Rail with a Twist

In railing against the ebb and flow of modern crazy-busy schedules, sometimes it is time to put our feet up (for those who are able) to sit and ponder. The immediate visual, as this is written, is to look down at our shoes, sneakers, flip-flops, boot et al and imagine them perched nicely upon a rail…deck, fence, porch, or guard rails made of wood, plastic or metal.

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