Hello to you, how are you doing today? I’m doing alright. It’s gray, cold and overcast again and if the weather reports are accurate, more rain is coming sometime today. It is winter so I am not going to complain about winter weather! Yesterday was lovely and I spent all most all of it playing outside. I opened my eyes and realized I had much more writing surfaces for positive messages and drawings – our back fence! It was empowering this morning to look out back and see positive messages there, “AWESOME SAUCE!” Yes, had to use one of my own catch-phrases lol.
I believe there is power in the hand-written word, always have. Writing positive words in chalk where I can see them later is proving very therapeutic and empowering to me lately. I love the transience of chalk too. When the rains come today, they will wash away all I have written and make a fresh canvas!
Do everything with a mind that lets go.
Do not expect any praise or reward.
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.
If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.
Your struggles with the world
will have come to an end.
A couple of poems from my past for a friend who is coping with the recent loss of someone he loved very much and for all those in the world facing the same journey. The most glaring example to us of the transience that is this life is when we lose the tangible presence of those we love and care about. What I have come to discover for myself is I don’t miss the body stuff aspect of the ones who have walked on beyond my sight. I don’t miss their suffering or going through whatever they had to go through before leaving. What I miss is what made them uniquely “them” if that makes sense. I miss their gestures, their voice, their laughter, their quirks and their songs. This is where the lessons of Buddhism have helped me the most, the understanding that with attachment there is suffering. So I am having to learn to enjoy people, places and things from a place of knowing they are transitory to my existence and so am I. Enjoy the glass while you have it because at some point it will break.
“Transient Guests are We” (Vampire Hunter D)
The Graceful Surrender – Jackie Wygant 1 Oct 2011
In the shining sun the hammer fell from my weakened grip
To the ground on hands and knees
I felt myself slip
My hands once so strong and sure
Looked so fragile now
All that I was fell into a teary blur
Where did the time go to leave me here feeble and graying
Those days of easy laughter and fluid motion
When all I felt like doing was playing
My flesh and how I feel inside don’t match anymore
What I use to do to my body without a care
Leaves me aching, tired and sore
The time has come for grace
Time for me to embrace not who I’ve been
But the person I’ve become in this place
It’s time to relinquish my quest for the youth I use to be
There is so much more that I am now; I’ve earned these signs of battle
At last I am free
By Jackie Schmidt 4 March 2008
Peace, flowing like wisps of smoke….drifting and bending
Wrapping around each soul
Entering where the heart lies beating
Where the blood flows
Peace tranquil like the wind through the trees
Branches green and bristling
Silence sought in the urgent gentle cries
Of gathering spring birds
Eyes seek beauty in the midst of human refuse
Blowing this way and that
Across a well traveled road
Sunshine glowing through gentle still naked branches
Budding with anticipation
Of warmer days
In a world of uncertainty, turmoil, fear, toil and sadness
Mother and Father stand still, their being
Of Earth and Sky set in motion
Like wisps of peace
Drifting and bending
Wrapping our each and every soul.