Category: Advent 2023

December 14, 2023

December 14, 2023 14

thrill For once, just allow it to happen.Allow yourself to notice and thenThrill to the abounding Possibilities.Or the marvelous Achievements.Or the sheer Beauty of this instant.Let the hair raise on the back ofYour neck or your heart stop andThen restart in the magic. How manyThings thrill you? When was the lastTime you made a list? […]

December 13, 2023

December 13, 2023 13

please It pleases me very much toInvite you to join me in Peace —Would it please you to join me?While I am a people-pleaser,By nature, I don’t much care toPlease the status quo. No offense,It pleases me to take another route.Think I’ll stick to the Peace route —It pleases me. The home I reach,Pleasing Peace, […]

December 12, 2023

December 12, 2023

encourage Look at you. You’ve learnedSo much in such a short time.You’ve mastered that skill —What’s next? How strong andGentle you are… I don’t knowAnyone who does that as well.To encourage! May I be oneWho encourages others toFind their feet, steady themselves,Reach for their dreams, and thenAccomplish them. You can do that,I know it! Just […]

December 11, 2023

December 11, 2023 11

surrender We are just so busy. So muchTo do. So many things to thinkAbout before (insert next date.).What if we were simply toSurrender to the Quiet and the Dark?What if we were to build safe spacesAnd safe relationships so that surrenderDidn’t look so horribly intimidating?Too often we think that to surrenderMeans to submit to power […]

December 10, 2023

December 10, 2023 10

honor Honor the sacrifices. HonorThe fact that people, no matterHow badly they chose, probablyMade the best choices they knewHow to make in the moment. It’sUncomfortable, isn’t it. This honoringDoesn’t mean those choices wereAll okay or without grave consequences.It doesn’t mean we need to make themOur life’s companion. Honoring seemsTo be a recognition from some distanceAnd […]

December 9, 2023

December 9, 2023 9

cherish To cherish. To bring the pastInto loving perspective and valueThose things that made us whoAnd what we are, even when theyMay have been damned challenging.Cherish and carefully protect theLife you have, the relationships youNourish, the community that encourages,And the Earth on which you live. Cherish.Remember them. Honor them. Go ahead,Spoil them a little (no, […]

December 8, 2023

December 8, 2023 8

enjoy Far too infrequently, do weTake the time to enjoy beingExactly where we are withExactly this group of people.A song from the 1940s said“Enjoy yourself, it’s later thanYou think.” It’s right. Life isUnpredictable — so enjoy eachLittle bit you can. Do you wantTo be remembered only as theOne who organized everythingOr as the one who […]

December 7, 2023

December 7, 2023 7

appreciate I appreciate the way thatWinter quiets the Earth andInvites us to dream. I appreciateThe rising and the setting ofThe Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.I appreciate the changing Seasons.I appreciate the magnitude of theProblems that lie before us as well asThe combined powers and strengthOf this group to make the neededDifferences. My Friend, I […]

December 6, 2023

December 6, 2023 6

believe I believe. I believe in wonder,I believe in Love. I believeIn the power of a fresh peachTo transform a bad day — evenIf it’s only a sweet recollection!I believe in the wee folk and theFaire, that animals talk at Midwinter,And that, together, you and I areGoing to change the world. Oh, yes.I believe. I […]

December 5, 2023

December 5, 2023 5

anticipate When we become adultsWe begin to think. To AnticipateIs to plan for everything thatCan go wrong. But do youRemember what it felt like inChildhood? You anticipatedPlaying with your friends,A long summer of swimming,Your grandparents’ arrivals,And all the special family holidays.What if we were to wake up everyMorning and anticipate Peace?What if our hearts quivered […]