“Sometimes You Get the Best Light From a Burning Bridge” – Don Henley

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Our journey in this life is sure to take us on some scenic adventures. Many of us have ended up in places we had never imagined being. Some of us are there now.

Tracing back our steps, there may have been bridges we decided to cross and some that we may have avoided. Our reason for either choice lives in the moment of those decisions. However, deciding to turn around, to stand in front of those bridges again, and to cross back over, may still be an option for some…but is it worth it?

Remember the person you were, standing in front of that bridge? The person who made the decision to either walk away from it or to cross it? Are you that same person standing at that same bridge again?

Remember the bridge and how it looked when you were standing in front of it? Was it strong and safe? Or was it worn and damaged? Is it in the same condition as it was in when you were standing in front of it?

If you turn away from this bridge and look to the horizon, do you see a better opportunity for growth, for change, for a better version of you? Or is this person on the other side of that bridge unchanged?

These questions nobody can honestly answer, but you. And if you decide to cross back over to start again, burn the bridge behind you, so it will provide the light you needed when you got lost and took the wrong turn. And if you decide to look to the horizon, and move on, burn the bridge behind you, so you may never question your decision again and be confident moving forward – With just a small flicker of your past, lighting the way.

“Each Moment Has an Unrealized Dimension of Beauty That Only Your Perspective Can Liberate” – Bryant McGill

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

“Live in the moment…” they always say – but for many of us, this action is fleeting. We become conscious of this for a little while and then fall back to our daydreams and our thoughts of yesterdays.

Bouncing from our hopes for the future to the memories of the past.  This is our perspective.

As we daydream, however, there exists a place waiting to be seen. It’s sitting in the blind spot of our anxieties. The anxieties about what we have planned for tomorrow and the mistakes from yesterday we do not want to repeat.

This place is a place of realization, a place of peace, a place free of the illusion of what could be and what was. This place is each present moment – the awareness of what IS.

How beautiful to be aware of what IS.

To be breathing, to be alive, to be conscious. To understand both yesterday and tomorrow only exists as an idea in our minds. To be able to experience what IS without having to dig it up in a memory or to picture it in a daydream of the future.

It is here, it is now, it is waiting to be seen and liberated. Open your eyes and greet this gracious reality. It is always there ready to be admired, embraced, and realized.

“The Human Heart Has Four Chambers. So Tell Me, If We Fill It With Fear, Hatred, With Doubt and With Reservations, Where Will We Grow Our Love?”– Bianca Sparacino

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Our hearts. The organ that pumps life throughout our bodies. Working every single minute of the day.

Our hearts. The organ that feels, that breaks, that heals, that expresses the nonverbal. The poet in our lives.

It is the size of our fists, but bears the world.  

In this bearing, it beats; with a heaviness or a weightlessness of our making.

In heaviness, it beats with constricting emotions. The hate, the fear, the anger, the sadness. The emotions that squeeze our hearts into pain and takes up every ample space with brokenness.

With every expansive beat, it aches, it rages, it worries, it weeps-constricting it back to a space where it is patiently waiting to be given a chance to mend its brokenness and heal.

In weightlessness, it beats with expansive emotions. The joy, the love, the forgiveness, the hope. The emotions that open our hearts into growth and looks to a limitless horizon.

With every expansive beat, it smiles, it grows, it learns, it embraces life-expanding further and radiating its weightlessness into the world as love and light, inviting others into expanding.

That is our hearts. Constricting to expand to limitless places if encouraged.

Another Sunrise Picture….

….yes…based on your perspective, that’s all it is; but maybe it should serve as a reminder that we have been fortunate enough to wake up to a new day. That life is moving, it’s changing, it’s inviting. That your darkness will be illuminated with light if you just OPEN your eyes….and that we are all exposed to the same sky, on this “blue dot”, two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy….orbiting this sun….in another sunrise picture.

“I Never Lose. Either I Win or I Learn.” – Nelson Mandela

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life

Uncertainties may live in our trying; the uncertainty of the outcome, of our abilities, or even of our decision to try at something.

Many of us try, fall, get back up, dust ourselves off, and try again. Many of us try, fall and stay there for a little while; wondering if it is even worth to try again. But we try again – we may fail or we may succeed. The uncertainty remains, but there is a gift waiting to be accepted – the lesson.

The lesson is the certainty in the trying. It is the help line we pick up when we fall to help us in trying again. It is the bumper sticker we can add to the collections of all the others we have been gifted over the years, to remind us the value of our life is in our journey and how we travel it.

Try, fail, get back up, try again, we may succeed, we may fall again. But pick up the lesson, carry it with you and allow it to be the friend you need when you are looking at the face of uncertainty.

Listen as it whispers to you, “I am here to help you grow, you will never lose. So let’s try again.” Onward!

“To Define Is to Limit.” -Oscar Wilde

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

I am, you are, we are, they are. What follows the beginning of those sentences sets the tone for the rest of the story. It paints the picture before the picture is complete and invites our imagination to play in the shallow ends of creativity.  

But what if the word that followed I am was, LIMITLESS? What if the word that followed you was, FREE? What if the word that followed we are was, ONE? What if the word that followed they are was, ABLE?

To what place does our imagination take us to when we use these words of potential? When we don’t classify ourselves into the micro level classifications?

How we define ourselves and others can be a view into the ever expanding universe or a glimpse into a chest deep pool.  We can see ourselves, and each other, as capable of immeasurable potential or of limited capabilities. It is the words followed by those first two powerful words… I am, you are, we are, they are…that sends our imagination to play with creativity and into all of the possibilities that await us.

Closed Chapter


Close this chapter, the words are done
It’s time to continue, yesterday is gone
A new chapter awaits your presence
Shed your past’s skin, but take the lessons

Close this chapter, resume your story
Tomorrow will come, with all of its glory
Take your intentions and make them pure
Whatever is to come, is ready to be yours