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?

~ Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

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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  1. Lana! I am soo excited to see the renovations made to your blog! Starting off with this poem, which I somehow remember you sharing with me years ago (?!?), is a brilliant taste of things to come. I pray for your continued inspiration and graceful articulation so we, your readers, can likewise continue to be inspired to dig deep. You serve as a reminder to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us each. Yay! I read your last blog in the bathroom on my ipad…here’s to looking forward to more of those moments!

    • You’ve been my best friend for over 20 years, I dare say, your words mean so much. Thank you for making me a part of your special “moments.” LOL. Love you to pieces! xoxo

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