The Winds of Change

Along the boardwalk trail
So began a week
with a plan –
one I thought
to be quite unique.

The winds they did blow
as they have done all spring
with change in the air,
do I cling?

I did not know 
my son would call 
sick with Covid, 
pain and all. 

I did not know 
my computer would fail, 
amidst frustration 
I found help to prevail.

I did not know
we would entertain 
with laughter and stories, 
we must do again.

I did not know 
we would sell a boat 
with relief and hopes
to keep them afloat.

I did not know 
that I would feel such peace 
with a sit in the sun– 
an hour for release.

I did not know this week
women would be challenged,
fearing their rights
and feeling so managed.

The winds of change are in the air.
Do we hang on or do we let go?
Debris is flying high 
leaves are rustled low.

What was up
Is now down.
What we thought lost
Is now found.

Do we rebuild a house?
Or do we simply let go?
Do we feel the feelings
then let them flow?

We make our plans
then life decides.
How we respond,
our heart provides.

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

Heraclitus

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Theresa

“Every day the clock resets. Your wins don’t matter. Your failures don’t matter. Don’t stress on what was, fight for what could be.”

Sean Higgins

On Going Resource List

  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman
  • Violence & Compassion by His Holiness the Dahlai Lama
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

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