According to plan

We all know the great follyOf expecting things to goAccording to plan.But reality is hard to accept.It does not fall gently in our lapsLike an object we can manipulate,Speed up or slow downAs we see fit.We forget that we are just participantsAnd not the adjudicatorsThat we are a part of historyNot the authors of it.In […]

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The times they are a-changin’

Dylan was right.Reality has always been fragile,Just a matter of timeUntil what we love in this worldBecomes memories of once wasAnd in just a little whileWhat we hoped for in the distanceAnd dreaded from afarWill be right upon us.Love deeplyLive intentionallyLet your eye linger on the beauty of the earth,Let your mind be grapple with […]

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The pressure to be the greatest

Is truly unnecessary.Most of us won’t be rememberedGenerations from now.And maybe that’s not as devastatingAs it feels.Its a liberationTo be here in the momentAnd not demand that it be Instagram worthy.Being finite is not a weakness,As though it were something to be resisted.A life doesn’t need to echo through timeTo be well lived.We are not […]

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Wasted minutes

Are not the ones you takeTo say a heartfelt thank you.They are not in the extra momentsYou spend listeningBefore speaking,And they aren’t among the timesYou take outTo rest and take care of yourself.All too often we workaholics forfeitSimple life-giving actionsClaiming we have no time to waste.Yet often the sweetest treasuresOf our journeyAre not found in […]

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Once more

The occurrence of a setting sunTells us that light is impermanent,That darkness is always imminent andSignals that even the brightest daysCome to an end.But the world doesn’t stop spinningWhen the sun goes down-Soon enoughThat sun will rise again.We’ve been through hard thingsBefore-Loss of loved onesDeath of dreamsDeep regrets.Battered, bruisedAnd light depraved as we’ve been,We made […]

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One day at a time

Life is livedOn life’s terms-Not ours.We often hope that the coming of the new yearDramatically changes certain things in our lives:As if when the clock strikes twelveWe will find ourselves on a steady pathTowards radical transformation.Life is livedDay to dayAnd the people we becomeAlong the wayMatters far more than the shores we seek to reach.Real […]

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Time doesn’t respect us

It goes on indiscriminatelyUnflinchinglyRelentlessly.It will not hurry throughLife’s horrifying corridorsAnd it will not lingerOn the sweetly satisfying mountaintopsNor circle back for a replay.It does not care.It will not stop.It will not repeat.RegardlessHow valid our needFor time to speed upOr slow downOr come back again.It will not be cajoledManipulatedOr reasoned with.And in the endWhether you respected […]

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Constellation of Opportunity

Big breaksAren’t always what they seem.Some of our dreamsTook us away from our rootsAnd now the soil that raised usFeels strange.DisappointmentsAren’t always as devastatingAs they feel,Our scars remind us ofLife’s fragility.We do not liveIn linear sequence,Advancing from stageTo stageIn rapid succession,One calculated moveAfter another.We live in aConstellation of Opportunity,The winsAnd lossesAnd the days when nothing […]

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September

The time When the cold days Slowly loosen their grip On our neighbourhoods, When heavy blankets Are folded away Until next year, When winter coats Are sent to the dry cleaners. When the jacarandas Come out to play When the early rains Of the planting season Fall on dry and thirsty soil Ushering in that […]

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Forward motion

There’s something about deciding to changeThat feels ridiculous.As though we owe a debt to our former selvesThat must be repaid by making the same choicesOver and over.Walking away from addictionStarting to save moneySitting down to actually studyPicking up your pen againPutting on running shoes for the first time in monthsChoosing to forgiveSwallowing prideOpening yourself up […]

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