Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Moon Gazing

I used to think homesick was a feeling 
reserved for rainy days at summer camp, 
or long lonely weekends in a zip code still new to me.
But here I am, happier than a clam and feeling quite content
and that old distant feeling has snuck right up on me, 
like a mosquito to my neck. 
I suppose you can feel homesick when things go right too.
I'll be walking along, minding my thoughts 
and I'll see something completely ordinary to others,
but to me its anything but. 
A speckled feather on a path, a magnolia in bloom, 
a smoothed over river stone. 
I'll cross the street 
and my eye will catch a cat sunning itself in a window, 
or a ginkgo leaf laying in the shadows on the sidewalk.
image is my own
An op-ed in the paper, a funny spoof on tv, a sketch on a postcard or a chuckle at work.
And every so often, on a rare clear night,
 I'll look up to a full, plump moon.
Lately all of these simple
 daily discoveries make me miss my family. 
I feel settled and happy and excited and inspired,
and suddenly it seems a little strange to feel these things 
without my family close by to share it all with me.
This feeling will pass. 
But until then, 
I'll keep staring up, 
at that big old moon,
in that big old sky,
and think of you. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Promise Yourself

My sister introduced me to the cheerful words of Christian D. Larson.
I've shared a snippet of one of his pieces below.
Isn't that something? 
I think so. 
Because the whole world truly IS on your side.
Get out there and absolutely ace your day tomorrow, friends! 
And when the last email is sent, 
and the final conference call had, 
you can reward yourself with the beauty of the changing night sky. 
image is my own
"To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” 

- Christian D. Larson- 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rise Free

It's been a while since last I posted.
For that, forgive me.
I've got thunder in my heart, and I'm heading north
where the mountains will echo my triumphant shrieks of glee.
And so, in the meantime,
I leave you with a simple thought for Thursday.
Be well, my friends, and do as Thoreau says.

"Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures."
-Henry David Thoreau-