OTHER VOICES OF CHANGE
Here at Spare Change I’ll be posting “Other Voices of Change,” the words and viewpoints of expats, moms, poets, writers (and amazing people in general). I hope you’ll find inspiration. I’m sure you’ll find encouragement. If all things go as planned, I’m trusting we’ll both discover more courage to make the changes that bring deeper self-awareness.
In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh:
If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation-our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations?
Today’s contribution comes from the poet and writer Elisabeth Duntreath (2011). I’ve known her since I was a teenager and her words inspired me then and continue to do so now.
Things to Believe In Trees, in general, and oaks – Especially Western gamble oaks that survive fire, And the generosity of apples Falling to the ground. Seeds, all of them – Winged maple, thistle and poppy, Signaling the inevitability And beauty of change. Throaty frog songs at twilight, The hiss of cicadas in summer, Cattle lowing on a farm, The sweetness of well-loved music. Warm and savory soups – Pot roast, of course. The bite of yeast rising – Good work, hugs, kind words from a friend. The constancy of ocean waves, Star-studded night skies, The bedrock of granite mountains – And anything at all breaking through.
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