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Reflections about Changes

Carol A. Hand

Greeting the morning earlier than usual
after awakening to the rumbling clouds
The alley behind my house is filled with “tooting” puddles
reminding me of my granddaughter’s laughter
Now, she might be too grown up
to notice puddles with delight
but perhaps she’s not yet too old to remember

Ah, changes
I have lived through so many in my life
Changing people, places, jobs, responsibilities,
sometimes alone as I am now, and sometimes with partners
My changing house reminds me of a common thread
connecting this long, winding journey

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My house before I arrived in the fall of 2011
My house in September 2012 (screen shot of Google posting)

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No accomplishment, job, relationship, or living situation
is quite what we expected or hoped it would be
The one constant connecting them all is change
The ways we respond to “success,” loss, and disappointment
tell a story about who we really are

Each place I have travelled, I tried my best
to learn how to be present in the moment
breathing new possibilities into being
despite knowing that nothing is permanent
except change
and, perhaps, the memories of what could be

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June 17, 2019
June 24, 2019

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Sometimes, unexpected gifts help us remember why we are here  – now – in such chaotic, troubling times

“It is hard to say which one of the current egregious matters has rocked people’s worlds and beliefs more. Ours is a time of almost daily jaw-dropping astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

“…You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking.

“Yet … I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is – we were made for these times.

“Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement. I cannot tell you often enough that we are definitely the leaders we have been waiting for, and that we have been raised, since childhood, for this time precisely” (Clarissa Pinkola Estés)

Work Cited

Clarissa Pinkola Estés (2001, 2016). Do Not Lose Heart, We Were Made for These Times. Available from http://depthpsychotherapy.net/index_htm_files/Do%20Not%20Lose%20Hope.pdf

 

 

Reflections about Coincidence and Synchronicity

Carol A. Hand

A different view of life’s coincidences

Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity

Unus mundus“one world” – connecting all

Invisible threads that only a heart or spirit can see

interweaving seemingly random events

into patterns of deeper significance – a tapestry

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Unfinished Hooked Tapestry – in gratitude to Becky, the elder who taught me this skill. Recently, I’ve been tempted to finish this project begun many years ago.
Unfinished Hooked Tapestry – in gratitude to Becky, the elder who taught me this skill.
Recently, I’ve been tempted to finish this project begun many years ago.

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People we’ve met and places we’ve traveled

All our experiences more than mere chance

It’s important to take the time to reflect

To awaken to the wonder of our unique life’s dance

To discover the warp threads on our life’s loom

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Wikipedia/Wikimedia
Wikipedia/Wikimedia

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Making sure they’re strong and taut

Enough to hold the weft of loving thoughts we weave

Realizing no what matter what comes our way

We have a choice about the legacy we leave

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