a word I haven’t contemplated much
there’s been lots of changes – the whats, whys, wheres, whens – and the hows of getting by, managing, overcoming
there was reluctant acceptance (an oxymoron perhaps) and embracing appearances of what had been unknowns and unexpected
there were disappearances – some necessary, some beyond our control – and all heartbreaking
there were new learning, beautiful arrivals and gradual healing as time passed
yet there remains for me the comfort of home with its modern trappings, the love of and for my people, the privilege of choice and decision-making, the persevering opportunities to pursue my desires
each year, at this time of year, I am confronted with the loss and suffering in our world even as I celebrate with closed ones, and I am grateful for the seeing and feeling self even though it breaks my heart
each year, I am faced with the humanity of our human existence… and I am drawn to the evolving world, the unchanging change, and persisting hope for a less complex, far kinder world
and in my power, I choose to contribute to a positive humanity even as I acknowledge the shadows that lurk in our existence
and in my world, as within my power, I hold these forces in harmony, unwavered by the loud clamoring outside
because love, connection, awareness, autonomy and privilege – these remain unchanging for me
what remains unchanging for you? and what of for others?
may this time be one of conscious celebration
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