To expect nothing

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. ~ Ram Dass   To expect nothing... that's the tough one. Don't you think? How do we go about our daily life with no expectations? I have learnt to treat every experience … Continue reading To expect nothing

Truth-seeker Way-seeker

  Truth-seeker, what do you seek? Universal rules to guide, reasons for the seasons, why the waves come to shore, love that is true, time for infinite possibilities. Way-seeker, what do you seek? How to travel this life path, follow the moon and sun, hear the tides speak its language, offer the best love, fully … Continue reading Truth-seeker Way-seeker

What is your adventure?

A late-night conversation brought this song to mind… No matter our biological age, we anticipate the future. Will it be good, will it be enough, will it fulfill or disappoint…? When I am older, I will… And depending on our mindset, we will either see “certainties” or unknowns. And we can become fearful either way. … Continue reading What is your adventure?

When did you…?

The lunar new year has dawned…and the traditional celebration goes for 15 days. I anticipate another family gathering this week to mark the end of this festive period. Celebratory it may be, I do not mark time with festive seasons, whether they be Christmases or new years or lunar new years. Oddly, not birthdays either. … Continue reading When did you…?

Are you noticing?

I recall reading somewhere (though I do not remember where otherwise I would have quoted it here) that our children are here to teach us something about life. Wise words, indeed 😉 ? I am often reminded of this when parenting challenges arise, such as when I ran out of solutions or strategies to deal … Continue reading Are you noticing?

Fire with fire

Do you fight fire with fire? Douse it with water? Let it burn? This past week has been one such challenge. Arriving in an alien city armed with a less-than-proficient skill for the local language, I found my every attempt to communicate and get things done thwarted by unhelpful and rude attitude. The city was … Continue reading Fire with fire

Composition of your life

I am short in stature, petite as some would say politely. Compared to others around me, I have not had many opportunities in my life to look down at anything. Look at, yes. Look up, often :-). Over the years as my interest in photography increased, I learnt to look at things from different angles … Continue reading Composition of your life

Zen #Haiku 261

Life is. No matter. Order in chaos. Silence awakens the soul. ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #261. This week's prompt words are ZEN and CHAOS. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you … Continue reading Zen #Haiku 261

Live your life…

It's the weekend... something bop-py to listen to, and perhaps a little reminder? But first, the lyrics... and enjoy!   It's everyone I mean no exceptions I want them to know 君に言いたい Those who are young And those who were once young I want them to know 君に言いたい Chorus If you ever feel so small … Continue reading Live your life…

A lesson of jet-lag

Jet lagged, and my body can’t sense its clock. This is not about sleeping or waking, feeling hungry or otherwise. This is the “clock” which senses the passing of day… it knows the sensations of morning, noon or night no matter if it is tired. It activates accordingly, and there is a certain flow to … Continue reading A lesson of jet-lag

A meditation

These past few months have been a meditation of sorts - on the meaning of life not on the grand scale but on the minutiae of everyday living, mine; and on the impact this life has on those around me. We live in relationship to each other after all, whether we acknowledge it or not. … Continue reading A meditation

We did not lose ourselves.

We did not lose ourselves because in each moment we were creating ourselves. Decades of life… every moment, every decision a reflection of that moment. With hindsight, we seek to tell of a past with reference to the past previous to that. We held a vision of ourselves in a previous past, and so that … Continue reading We did not lose ourselves.

When he still needs me

When he still needs me Not to be his crutch, his protector Neither craving attention nor adulation; But a witness to his life - a celebrant of his success, another within his fold; His solid ground, his secure net. Ah, the joy lighting his face to know he belongs, that he is loved A vision … Continue reading When he still needs me

Are you the new person drawn toward me?

Are you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose; Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal? Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover? Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction? … Continue reading Are you the new person drawn toward me?

Artificial interventions

Note to self: pay attention to the road. But the random thoughts... Driving along, and noticing council workers “trimming” flora that lined the side of the roads. “Trimming” in this instance was in fact a savage cutting down to create a straight short edge ensuring little or none impeded the thoroughfare of pedestrians and vehicles. … Continue reading Artificial interventions

A mirror looking into you

Many of you know I am enthralled by David Whyte's poetry. As is its nature, poetry touches differently upon each of us and in different moments. I read this poetry many times before.   "Stone" by David Whyte   The face in the stone is a mirror looking into you. You have gazed into the … Continue reading A mirror looking into you

Words like rain #Haiku 205

This haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #205. This week's prompt words are tyrant and hope. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you are new to writing haiku. Challenge yourself! 🙂   tyrannical you quiet words like rain … Continue reading Words like rain #Haiku 205

A birthday thought

Another year, and I notice a difference. No lingering doubt, no attending sorrow of what the day represented. Reclaiming gratitude for this day, as it was meant to be. Liberating. Acceptance of the passing years as I stand on solid ground, looking to a beautiful future together. There is much to be happy for, and … Continue reading A birthday thought

Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Go to a quiet place, let the words rain on you, contemplate...   Man down Let it be known: no man is entirely alone No man is a man all through. I’ve seen you. Shivering. Fleeting weakness. Cold rain scuffing its feet on the beaches. Young human. You. All feeling, flesh. Brine eyes. Man, but … Continue reading Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Manifesto for living

I have had this on my wall for as long as I can remember, and I didn't think to share it?! You may have seen it, know it... and it is worth contemplating, again.  This, is the "Holstee Manifesto".     Namaste ~ FlorenceT   © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral … Continue reading Manifesto for living