Category: Advent 2023

December 24, 2023

December 24, 2023

wonder I believe I am constitutionallyIncapable of smelling fir trees,Hearing my feet crunch on snow,Or seeing all the fair lights withoutBeing overcome with wonder. NowI can also be astonished by musicOr a painting, or the sweet conversationOf friends, old and new, trading secretsOver a cup of warmth, a glass of bubbles.I love Winter and its […]

December 23, 2023

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expect I’m slowly learning not toLive my life being afraid,Substituting, instead,Expecting Joy. Expect Joy,They say, you’ll be disappointed.Will I? Or is it possible that IMight encounter all kinds of JoyI had never expected? It is trueThat trouble roils the world andThat we have work to do. ThatIs no reason to forego JoyousExpectation. If we are […]

December 22, 2023

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join Won’t you join me? Just aSimple, positive invitation toGet to know one another orTo share a cup of tea or toSimply look at an incrediblePiece of nature before you.Won’t you join me? As youGo off to visit a friend or seeThe Sunset on the river.May I join you is equally powerful.Coming to know one […]

December 21, 2023

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quiet Hush. It is the Winter Solstice.Listen for the Quiet. Calm your heart,Breathe in the Stillness. Even whenThe wind dies the trees creak andGroan as the sap freezes. Still.The snow muffles your footstepsBut tells tales of animals movingFrom place to place. Calm your heart.How else will you notice the QuietAnd the Dark? How else will […]

December 20, 2023

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harmonize What does Peace sound like?Oh, so many things, of course!But what if it you asked someoneTo find a note. Then you harmonize.Any way that works. You change yourHarmony or you don’t. Invite anotherTo join you. More harmony, but nowIt’s more difficult to harmonize —And more fun. Keep adding people,Keep resolving into harmony.Listen to you, […]

December 19, 2023

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calm There is so much frenzy inThis war-filled, holiday-filledWay. Seems an odd combinationNo, but if you ‘Focus on Fun’Enough, you don’t notice theWar quite as much. But it’s stillRight there. Take a deep breath.Calm. See the Beauty; calm.Consider what you’d like to seeCome True; calm. Only then canYou purposefully turn your headToward Peace and the […]

December 18, 2023

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connect In our Power and in our JoyLook around the room andSee who else’s eyes areSparkling and who is feelingTruly confident. (No, not theFaux stuff!) Reach out to them,Invite them for tea, invite themInto Peace: Connect. FindThe places where your workAnd lives intersect. Figure outHow you can make each otherStronger, more excited, moreJoy-filled. Fall in […]

December 17, 2023

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revel Considering Champagne Peace,What else can you do but revelIn all the Possibilities? Now, whenThe news is so grim. Now, whenWe all feel so isolated. Now isExactly the time for reveling, forAllowing the contagion of Joy toOverflow and spill out over the edgesOf the tiny vessels in which we haveUp-till-now bottled our dreamsFor Peace. In […]

December 16, 2023

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share What if we considered Power,Like the holidays, as somethingTo be shared. Shared with thoseWe love, certainly, but also withThose we’d like to know, and,Perhaps, with those we’ll neverKnow other than by the changesThey make in this World. SharingMay be exactly what brings aboutThe Advent of Peace. I have an imageOf Peace as a glass […]

December 15, 2023

December 15, 2023 15

elate When you consider the hair-raisingThrills of the Peacepath, considerThe last time you allowed yourselfTo be elated? Elation seems like itSticks around for a while, perhapsEven long enough to empower youTo try something new, to try harderAt something you’re finding you’veMastered, or to invite another alongAs you experiment with the headyElation of a new journey. […]