“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver
I was fading into black and white jaded and weary, the mood was overcast the scenario quite bleary, and on a water-colored afternoon I was visited by bliss. in a moment of reimagining I surfaced from the abyss, and temperate breezes gladdened, aspects boded brighter, it was through the lens of gratitude my footsteps became lighter…
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
My mother nurtured me from the harshness of the world, absorbing me into the soft flesh of her bosom So much tenderness I consented to her love, Yet unprepared I was eaten alive by wolves when I first ventured out… Perhaps she herself had not anticipated such heartlessness in the world…
“We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” ― Carl Gustav Jung
She is a living breathing spectacle of nature found in secret places born of night she grows weary by day her crimson apparel never fading with her life she is a messenger of love reminding me of rebirth of new beginnings of samsara
And hope swells within me
For I have been ripped to the core spread out like a wasteland longing for the night to end my suffering
I am the sleeper dancing between worlds
you send winged messengers to comfort me to remind me that I am never alone to bring beauty to my wilderness of doubt
And she stayed alive long enough to become the beauty that we all are for she flies against the light leaving a trail of joy behind her
it’s only in dying that she continues her hatchlings live on in hidden places
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu
Last week was a difficult week for us here in South Africa. There has been rioting and looting in parts of our country. The ticking time bomb I mentioned went off. People are hungry, people are desperate and the lockdowns have exacerbated the already brewing tensions.
The gap between poor and rich is widening and many have entirely lost hope. We watched on the news as malls were burnt down and goods were taken from stores, in the name of our ex-president who has been jailed, but there is always more to the story than appears…
The aftermath left many without food and medicine in certain areas. The cry went out and volunteers started cleaning the streets, distributing food parcels and helping people rebuild their lives. Goods were air-freighted to affected areas and the spirit of “Ubuntu”(I am because we are). became real.
Sometimes when bad things happen in our lives, we reel in shock and horror, but when we see the cavalry turn up to help in their hundreds, we realise that there are mostly good people in the world.
“I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world, you will eventually become it.” ― Tyler Kent White
I will never stop searching for beauty, even until the end of the age when the grass withers and the flower falls Love will remain…
I will keep picking your florets in distant fields, I will hold your beauty in my fragile heart, I will place you in my glass filled with joy and I will gaze upon you as long as I have breath in my body…
I will let your tenderness and soft color kiss me back to life…
I’ve been gone a little while, just a bit shell-shocked by what has been happening in our land. You can read my post tomorrow to get an update. I just thought I needed to keep my light visible.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ― Nelson Mandela
On his 90th birthday, in London’s Hyde Park, Mandela said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens”… by dedicating 67 minutes of their time – one for every year of Mandela’s service – people can give back to the world around them and make a contribution to global humanitarianism.”
His message is still relevant in these troubled times!
Every year we celebrate Tata Madiba’s birthday by honoring his wishes and dedicating 67 minutes of our time to help make the world a better place. No act of kindness is toosmall!