sometimes you just gotta' row


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And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!

Colgate-Palmolive and the Pope provide us with models of who we ought to be; to deviate is to be defiled as a social-deviant and / or a sinner. Gotta’ have teeth and soul in matching oh-so sparkling white or else be denied the company of angels; both in heaven and on earth.

I’ve been good and bad and even badder, but never worst. I’ve pained through periods that felt like a sentence of severe penance. Time has clocked around to another move, and while I can navigate the churn by myself…been doing it for a long time, I admit a longing for another. Not for any enlightened purpose, not to save me….just to be here, with me.

I awoke a few mornings ago as a bald eagle was landing in a tree outside my bedroom window. After the awe, I cheapened the experience by heading outside with a camera in-hand. In parting, he gifted me with a great in-flight pose and a feather which, I cherish above the various icons in my collection.

Aboriginal people traditionally hold the eagle and its feathers in high esteem. It is believed, because the eagle flies closest to Great Mystery, he can see the past, present and future at a glance. He sees the flow of change, alerts us to the changes so that we can respond appropriately.

Eagle is the great illuminator and, sees and hears all and, sits in the east on the Medicine Wheel with the direction of leadership and courage. Eagle, therefore, is a powerful symbol of courage and its feathers a powerful tool for healing. Eagle teaches us that it is okay to combine wisdom and courage — it is okay to be wise enough to know that a change needs to be made in one’s life and then finding the courage to execute the change. It is okay to gather our courage, for the universe presents us with opportunities to soar above the mundane levels of life; the test is the power to recognize opportunities.  Do not, in other words, be afraid of the unknown. (Shannon Thunderbird, First Nations Teaching)

Poignant, rich symbolism. There have been many days that I’ve longed to take another run at the alleged sanctity of a white picket fence but I know the fantasy wouldn’t stand up to the light of day. Let’s see what’s ahead, going back isn’t an option.

And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right?…Am I wrong?
And you may tell yourself
My God!…what have I done?

Once In a Lifetime
Talking Heads
album: Remain in Light

Written by glh

June 23, 2011 at 01:13

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  1. Beautiful, on so many levels.
    Larry, don’t ever stop or give up on sharring what you have to offer.
    The day will come, soon, when you will ” know”



    June 23, 2011 at 13:22

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