The middle of October, everyone’s thoughts are turning to the inevitable: what do my kids want to dress up as this year? What do I want to dress up as? Which party will be “the one” to be at this year? And my favorite, who’s bringing the best candies to work this year?
It’s impossible – those dreams we have and the ideals we want to live up to – those things which we know we ought to do but don’t do. And knowing we deliberately avoid these things says something – that we know what we are avoiding and make other poorer choices. Well, our choices now may lead to problems later.
Born in the storm
Of mighty wind howling, the baby awakes
The tempest rages while parents rejoice
The room weeps for another
In our neighborhoods
We know the usual but not another’s
We decorate our yards in comparison
The world’s tyrannies
Shout across the oceans at others blame
We, secure in our righteousness
Change our attention
Another one dies
This planet our home
Cries in pain we cause deliberately
It looks beyond yet lives within
Asks the heavens
Guide the citizens
I’m sure you’ve seen them: 10 Great Christmas Gifts, 5 Things to Do With Your Family, 1001 Great Christmas Quotes. Of course, I’ve made those up (maybe they exist, but that’s not my point.) We all fall for the 5 or 10 step programs, ideas, gifts…whatever. So I decided to not do that. Here are just a couple of ideas about Christmas.
What life I wonder did you have,
As you your past do view?
Seams and crevasses are your lot,
Your life is nearly through.
Wrinkles have your face possessed,
And crows have walked upon.
Gone is freshness of your youth,
Your smile is nearly gone.
Life you thought would never end,
Those many years ago.
But pass it does and oh so swift,
Tis past before you know.
But something more I yet do see,
Looking through the folds.
It’s something only you can have,
That only you could hold.
Now I know! I see it clear,
I’ve found it in your eyes.
Wisdom’s there, its shining forth,
Claimed by a thousand cries.
Wisdom and wrinkles, I see them there,
Not one but two make you.
You’ve led your life and now be blessed,
I see the inner you.
But now I wonder of my own life,
For your age I do aspire.
Will I the same as you do look,
And have same inner fire?
We wonder, we ponder, we visualize, we dream. And in the thinking, we don’t DO anything. So how do we change and become that which we wish to be?