Since Nov. 12, 2016

10 things I have learned since November 12th, 2016…

10. “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.” Robert A. Heinlein

9. Most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand.

8. A divided people are easier to distract.

7. Fear is the driver, picking up hate and making it its passenger.

6. The media is very well educated in psychology.

5. It is easier to throw responsibility into destruction, than to take responsibility into construction.

4. Hindsight is 20/20 with a major case of amnesia.

3. History is bias, as is opinion.

2. Love lives. Compassion lives.
But we only call for it when fear arrives and hate steps out of that passenger seat.

1. No need to “save” the planet. Save each other, because in saving each other, we will save our home. If we don’t, the Earth is alive and it will heal itself…but as far as humanity? “We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.” -George Carlin

Hateful Heart


In a hateful heart
Lives a frightened soul
One that sees the world
Wearing a blindfold

In a hateful heart
Lives a lost dream
One that feels defeated
A battle told by screams

In a hateful heart
Lives a gleam of light
One that casts a shadow
Distracting days to night

In a hateful heart
Lives an untold ending
One whose path can change
When LOVE begins its mending

Soul Searching

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Soul searching leads us places fear will not dare go.
But finding what ignites the soul
Is worth the risk to know.
If guided by a silent hunch or
Loud and blatant signs,
Keep on searching fearlessly for
What it’s trying to find.

“The Only Way to Make Sense out of Change Is to Plunge Into It, Move With It, and Join the Dance” – Alan Watts

Written For and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Change, the only certainty in life; yet, we resist it. We fight so hard to keep things the same.  We argue with its reasoning and turn our backs to it. But no matter how hard we fight, it drags us – sometimes screaming and crying and sometimes with our teeth chattering in fear.

So I have wondered, what do we have to lose by admiring its waters and swimming with its current? Dancing with the trees as they sway in its winds? Inviting it in to illuminate the parts of us that need to grow?  What do we have to lose by plunging into it and moving with its rhythm? Our approach towards change can provide us with all of the difference in how we welcome the next season of our lives.

No matter our resistance or our fear, the leaves will fall in autumn and the flowers will bloom in spring. Change will come. Let’s go on this adventure with an open heart and an inquisitive soul.

Change is…


…A beautiful thing

The pull of the old
The first bloom of Spring
The letting it go
The holding on tight
The winter’s first snow
The love at first sight
The blow of a candle
The colors of leaves
The turn of the handle
The tide of the seas
The pain of goodbye
The light of the sun
The stars in the sky
The life that’s begun

Change is
A beautiful thing