Tag Archives: perseverance

being empty.

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aftermath of our afternoon trip down the river – 2020 style

what started out as a promising enterprise

full of air and up on top

 waylaid by the first set of cascades

day’s lazy dreams dashed against the rocks

so quickly deflated

 yet just as suddenly

floated back up

found a way 

after all

not as planned

this will always be remembered as the year that was

for so many reasons

that taught us how to make it to the end

safety vests strapped on and fingers crossed

even if we had to body surf our way through it

or borrow a raft now and then. 

“there is even rhythm in being empty.”

-miyamoto musashi

determination.

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that moment when you understand

that a little thing like a snowstorm 

won’t stop you from getting where you need to go.

 

 

“determination gives you the resolve to keep going

in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.”

-denis waitley

extraordinary.

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what a surprise and delight

it was to meet peter

(who is known as jonathan when in trouble)

the proprietor of a tiny shop near the beach.

how was i to know

that he was

a visiting nurse

a gentle spirit

a master

of local lore, directions, recommendations

who worries about what will happen to his store

when he is gone

and wonders

if the people who take it over 

will be able to make enough money

 in spite of some adversity

he was brimming

with happiness and passion

as we spoke at length 

about the joys of sea glass

with all of its pits and scratches and imperfections

that only serve to prove

 it’s the real thing

having survived

a long and challenging journey

having arrived at last

on a soft and sandy shore

collected by hands

that appreciate it for all of its beauty

exactly as it is

and he was extraordinary.

“for me, the difference between an ‘ordinary’ and an ‘extraordinary’ person

is not the title that person might have,

but what they do to make the world a better place for us all.”

-jody williams

 

 

 

 

wells, maine – august 2019

strength.

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wearing an ac/dc t-shirt, ripped up jeans, and velcro shoes

all while wrapped in a cape made from your swaddling blanket

bestows unlimited strength and heroic powers upon you. 

“a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength

to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

-christopher reeve

great things.

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tiny kinder spent nearly an hour

 focused

working alone

not asking for any help

very carefully snipping tiny pieces

from the roll of sticky green tape

 placing them on her fringed orange paper. 

when she was happy with what she had created

her beautiful piece of art was done.

“great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

-vincent van gogh

reach.

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grandies

jump in.

get dirty.

fall down.

and

reach again

even higher.

“jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty,

fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.”

-ben stein

hurry up summer!

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“spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
-yoko ono

 

 

argo pond at argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2017