I Am Free

Life is Life

We all have one

But, how many days

Are spent actually living?

How many are wasted?

And, never really fully tasted?

The moments that pass by

Without any conscious

Recognition

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How many opportunities

Friends

Love

Relationships

Money

Fun

Joy

Peace

Happiness

Pass us by each and every day?

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How many times do we hesitate

Because, of fear

Or out of guilt

Or getting caught up

In thinking

Judging the moment

Instead of being in flow

Letting our minds go

Allowing ourselves to be free

To explore

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Today, I have really galvanized what I want out of life and who I want to be. Ironically, the two coincide:  Peace, Love and Joy.

These are not just emotions but a state of being.   They are also available every moment of every day.  I need not wait for someone, some thing, or some place for me to be in that state.
In order to get to that state, my focus is on gratitude.   Unconditional gratitude and appreciation for everything and everyone.    Being consciously aware of the moment, and to get to a place where I can find:
Peace:  For it is with peace, that I allow self-acceptance to flow as well accepting of others as they are wherever they are.
Joy:     Through joy, I find fun and happiness that culminates in celebration, which can be for no reason whatsoever.

Love:   With the intention of love, it is my focus, and through such I find freedom.

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Through these, I experience ultimate freedom because no longer does anyone (family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, strangers, etc.) or anything (money, location, job – or lack thereof,  etc.) can control me, because I am free.
Free to be,

Me!

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I choose when and where, and with who, I spend my time with those that exemplify peace, love and joy in their own life in their own way.
I no longer need to wait to have fun.  I no longer need to wait to be happy.  I no longer need to wait for anything to be at peace, to be in joy, or be in a state of love – for self or others.
The world may be chaotic, but it always has and most likely always will.   We can wait forever for it to change, but waiting is not tasting, and life is meant to be spent living.
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What is fun?
What brings you Joy?
Happiness?
Today……….
Going to a movie
Staying home and watching TV
Going for a walk
Making out
 Going to a concert
Heading out on a road trip
Going on vacation
Taking an extended nap
Going to the spa
Meeting someone new
Going to the park
Making money
Going to the zoo
Making love
Going absolutely nowhere
Eating in
Going to the most amazing restaurant
Learning something new
Going to an art exhibit
Making art
Going to a meet a friend
Video chat
Going dancing on the town
Being in a movie
Going for a long kayak trip
Closing a great deal
Going to work
Getting unexpected money
Going out
Playing a sport or an instrument
Going to the mall
Watching the sunrise or sunset
(Or Both!!!)
Going to the beach
Taking a drive up the mountain
Going for a picnic
Jump out of a plane
Going to someplace new
Reading
Going for a weekend getaway
Write
Going to the gym
Take pictures
Going to have pictures taken
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”

― Henry David Thoreau

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Love, It Is The Answer

If you don’t like the press
Think they are evil even
Then, go meet some local journalists
Take a tour of a newspaper
Or, a news station
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
​We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like all police officers
Think they are all bad
Then, go meet some local officers
Visit and tour a jail
Volunteer for the sheriff’s department
Spend some time
With them talk to them without an agenda
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like every politician
Call up your local officials
Find out who they are
Beyond their policies
Who they are as a person
Volunteer
Or better yet run for office
Be a part of the change
Instead of complaining
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like Conservatives or Liberals
Guess what?
There are already know who are already
Real people
You like them because they are real people
Not as their politics
They offer something more than that
There are others too
On both sides who are good people
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like people from other countries
Other cultures who come here
Offer them a gift of a smile
A present in the form of kindness
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like gays
Transsexuals
Bisexuals
Someone you know is one
Hold them close
Instead of pushing them away
Have a cup of coffee
Sit down and see one another
Beyond however they love
Or how you love
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like Muslims
Visit a mosque
I’ll even take you
The only thing to fear
Is the unknown
So embrace it
Without judgment
Or, and agenda
They are no different
Than you and I
If only you look beyond
Their faith
See that they have value
As we all do
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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You, The Goddess

May the goddess arise
In both women and men
Embracing the divine
And the beauty within
That is much deeper
Than any skin
To the very soul
Complete and whole
Connected and intertwined
But forgotten and neglected
In these troubled times
When separation and division
Neither adds or multiplies
But rather subtracts and divides

May the goddess within awaken
In both women and in men
No line drawn in the sand
Instead a unification of holding
Space and of holding hands
Where love reigns true
And kindness shines through
As one light and into the darkness
Greed, shame, and blame
Like guilt and suffering fade away
To a new dawn of mutual respect
A new dimension of living
Where there is no misgiving
Of peace and harmony within

For the very chaos itself
Is but a cry out for love
As the most unlovable
Is the most love deprived
So the world needs but a hug
Not another prescription
Of hate and fear
Or another drug
Of power and control
But a kiss of orgasmic bliss
As this is the time
For all the stars to align
We need not wait
For a neon sign
Or for the second coming
As this is when we look inside
To where the goddess resides
Waking up to face all that is
Beautiful within each of us
We are not too blind
We simply have forgotten
Or have neglected to see
How beautiful we can all be

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You Are Beautiful

Look not away

But here in my eye
When to you I say
You are beautiful

Whole complete
A divine goddess
From head to feet
For you are you
Authentic and true
Beautiful you are

Complete whole
Goddess so divine
Inside and out
For you are you
See it see it too
How beautiful you are

Strong and brave
A divine goddess
Intelligent and wise
There is only one you
This is nothing new
You are Beautiful

Love and light
A divine goddess
Day and night
You being you
Through and through
You are beautiful as is

Look not away
Meet me in my eyes
When to you I say
You are beautiful

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The juxtaposition of our position

while we may be adept

proficient even 

….in caring for others

while being equally negligent
in caring for ourselves

….in exposing our breasts (or dicks)

we may be complacent
in exposing our feelings
our heart and soul
and our true vulnerabilities

….in giving to others

but have a terrible time
in receiving
the same love and kindness
shown to others

….in receiving

but cannot give
in kind

…in being environmentally conscientious

while polluting our own personal
space with toxic energy

…at making money

but horrible at making
relationships work

….in creating beautiful art

although at the same time
are starving
for the beauty that
life’s canvas holds

…in taking great care of our bodies

yet hate the way we look
no matter how great our body
may look

….in finding peace within

but cannot find peace
out in the real world

….at changing the oil

although cannot change
a diaper

….in multitasking

but may suck at focusing
on just one task

…at being the big boss

but have a horrible time
being the bigger man
(or woman)

…at managing tasks

yet unable to
not only manage
but lead
people

….at fooling the world

but cannot ever
fool the one person
looking back
in the mirror

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Human, We Are, Even If We Forget Sometimes

Sometimes, we forget or neglect
the fact that we are
Human,
and whether it be
an act of kindness,
a time of sadness,
a touch of love,
a moment of joy,
or a moment of anger,
it is human to feel
it is human to touch
it is human to weep
it is human to wonder
it is human to doubt
it is human to remember
it is human to seek
it is human to enjoy
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Are You An Artist?

Are you an artist?
I would profess that whether you consider yourself one or not, we all are.
We are an artist, and the canvas is our life.  Our medium is the choices we make every single day in creating the masterpiece, which is our existence, and the legacy that we leave for others.
We continually make decisions that shape our life, which corresponds to the way we see the world.  In fact, the world we see is as much a reflection of ourselves than anything else.
Everyone we meet, do we see them as a completed masterpiece (love at first sight) or we do we see them as completely the opposite?  How often do we see someone blank slate?   When we see someone we are only seeing how they show up to us in that moment, but there is so much more to the picture.
As an artist, we are creative by nature.  Some of us tend to forget as we get older what it was like to be a child and play with colors, to laugh and to play – for no reason other than for the pure joy.
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