Tag Archives: reflection

Chances Are

Chances are
Sometime today
someone is going to tell you

Chances are
Sometime today
someone already did

Chances are
They will say
You aren’t good enough

Chances are
They told you
You weren’t good enough

Chances are
They will say
You aren’t smart enough

Chances are
They told you
You weren’t smart enough

Chances are
They will say
you aren’t rich enough

Chances are
They told you
you weren’t rich enough

Chances are
They will say
You aren’t beautiful enough

Chances are
They told you
You weren’t beautiful enough

Chances are
You will listen

Chances are
You did listen

Chances are
You will
believe them

Chances are
You already
Do

Chances are
They are the closest
To you

Chances are they
Were the closest
To you

Chances are
They will be
You

Chances are
They
Are you

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Ship wrecked

Ship wrecked
Upon the sands of time
Jolted from the mask
Of separate illusions
Catapulted into reality
But, what is real
When nothing is left
To hold onto except
Life itself and that too
May be but a dream
Or an utter nightmare
With voices drowned
Out by silent screams
That one day may turn
Into dreams as the story
Unfolds and that chapter
An awakening of once
Ship wrecked souls
~ Bryan Hayes

LOVE

I am In Love
With myself
And the world
Around me

Beyond the veil
Of good and bad
Of mistakes and failures
Of loss and gain
Of rich and poor
Of beautiful and ugly
Of masculine and feminine
Of strong and weak

To the most beautiful
Unconditional authentic self
And the world around me
In Love I am

I am in Love
With the Moment
And all the opportunities
Enveloping me

Beyond the veil
Of what was or could be
Of hurt or anger
Of lack or insecurity
Of guilt or resentment
Of doubt or uncertainty
Of tomorrow or yesterday
Of limitations or expectations

To the most beautiful
Unconditional authentic self
And the world around me
In Love I am

I am Sorry

If I ever
Neglected To show
Appreciation and gratitude

If I ever
Caused
Any pain or hurt

If I ever
Forgot To say
“Thank you”

If I ever
Spoke
Out of turn

If I ever
Appeared
To not
Be listening

If I ever
Neglected
Feelings

If I ever
Omitted
To Say
“You Are Welcome”

If I ever
Even Once
Then I
I Am Sorry

The Thought Before You Think

LOVE.

No more words are needed.

It is a complete sentence all to itself.

It is a complete thought all by itself.

While some see the world as Hell, I see Heaven above, below, and all around me.  I see it now. I see it every day.

While some see Fear and Hate, I see  Love. I see it above, below, and all around me. I see it now. I see it every day.

Thought of the Day:

The Thought Before You Think

When someone asks, “How are you?” that is a loaded question.

How am I physically, mentally, spiritually, financially?  At this moment?  Or, overall?

The answer really is not about them, it’s about us.   How can we tell where are at in any given moment?    Recognizing the thought, before we think, which is the first thought we think before we starting consciously thinking.  For example, what is the first thought when:

  • I wake up in the morning?
  • I see myself in the mirror?
  • I look at my checking account?
  • I open the mail to an unexpected bill?
  • I open the mail to an unexpected check?
  • I am paid a compliment?
  • I notice someone looking at me?
  • I look at them and they smile?
    • And, they are of the same sex?
    • Of the opposite sex?
    • Younger?
    • Older?
    • Same race?
    • Or, different?
  • I hear someone say, “I need to talk to you?”
    • And, it’s a boss
    • Or, a significant other?
  • I step inside a church?
    • Or, a cemetery?
  • I step into a crowded room?
    • And, it’s full of strangers?
  • I am all alone for any length of time?
  • I walk into a room full of models?

THE BEAUTY OF MY LIFE

The beauty of my life
is that I have
in so many ways
throughout found
Love, Kindness and Compassion
not from the left
or from the right;
not from the rich
or the poor;
not from the saints
or from the sinners;
not from men
or women;
not from black
or from white;
not from young
or old.
The beauty of my life
is that I have
in so many ways
throughout found
Love, Kindness and Compassion
from the left
AND
from the right;
from the rich
AND
from the poor;
from the saints
AND
the sinners;
from men
AND women;
from black
AND from white;
from young
AND old.

See The Light, a story by Bryan Hayes

The light shining so blindingly bright that squinting is a necessity affords only two explanations.  Either this is the end, or only the beginning.   Is it not the light that is equated with spiritual illumination not to mention one’s final demise?

Eyes, as auto adjusting they are, begin to adjust.   The open field with a cement foundation that once may have been the residence of someone’s home or business now but history on the side of the busy street.   Walking distance from the car is a forest of trees.

“Want to see our home?”   She gestured as we entered into the depth of the woods.   Looking back, as the vehicle disappeared into the distance; the obvious remnants of civilizations began to materialize.  The customary empty soda cans, shopping carts, broken bottles, and other debris littered the sides of the path etched into the ground after years of following the same trail.

Once inside an entirely new world materialized in an open clearing with an encampment of several small tents forming a circle with a fire pit in the middle.  There a small flame was flickering as we were welcomed with open arms from the rest of her neighbors.

She was giddy.  They all were.  To have visitors must be such a delight for them.  We are social beings after all.   With no trepidation they each approached me with their own stories of how they fell from grace and ended up outside in this their permanent dwelling place.

Their obvious leader, a rather brooding figure sitting in a recliner with a machete at his side on the ground holds the fort together.  He, much younger than the rest also looks much less disheveled.   While there could be some interpretation there was something menacing about him, it was more his watchful eye that surely keeps unwanted outsiders out of their humble abode.

The spiral descending slide was a rapid one.   “I lost my job. Then, my wife left me and took everything with her.   She took it all.  I had a falling out with my parents early on and have not spoken to them in years.  I lost my house, my car and had no place to go.”  Not a social person, there were no friends who would take him in.   Somehow, he ended up here with the rest of them.   He spoke proudly of being a construction foreman living the American dream.  He asked about the mall that was nearby our own home back home and he was a part of building that.   Ironically, it now sits empty.   Homeless, too.

The others around him sipping their re-used cans filled with something that was obviously taking their mind to someplace far, far away.   Comprehension was far gone for all but him.   Being out in the elements for so long, it could readily be seen on their weathered faces and tattered clothes but verified when each of them spoke with their conversations going in and out of reality.

There was something pragmatic about their existence.   They though having nothing to offer invited me not only to dinner for a bite of canned beans that they were going to being passing around the open fire, but they welcomed me to visit any time I was in the area.    There was something enlightening seeing how they not only survived but found a sense of community amongst themselves.

In between the trees, there again the light pierced the veil and had my hand up protecting my eyes.    Were they seeing the light, out here, or going toward the light?   And, in all my travels where was I?

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Photographer: Bryan Hayes