SEEKING WISDOM

So often, we celebrate the young,

those who have accomplished much

and taken little time to get it done.

 

Study them, you should

for tips and tricks,

looking for anything good.

 

If there is something deeper you seek,

not just knowledge and strategies,

but wisdom to make life complete -

look to those with a lot more years

of living,

of loving,

those who have cried a river of tears.

 

Sit at their feet,

look into their eyes,

listen to their stories,

you may be surprised.

 

Know this in choosing to follow wisdom’s path:

seeking her takes more time

than

a podcast,

a webinar,

an article

about how to make another dime.  

 

Wisdom isn’t instantly clear,

you may have to let it

ferment,

percolate,

marinade

in you

for

days,

weeks,

and

years.

 

Then, at the end of your days,

if you follow her path,

you will have a life well lived

because you learned to enjoy everything that lasts.  

DREAMS

As I look at pictures from

the March on Washington,

I wonder what dreams have been realized

and which have been forgotten.

 

Thoughts of justice, equality, reconciliation

sometimes feel so futile,

when the world seems to want to return

to times feudal.

 

No matter what seems to stand in the way.

No matter if it feels like all progress is rescinded.

today is always the day

to dream on.

 

But, let this not be forgotten,

the Dream must live

in

our words,

our work,

our actions

if it is to live at all.

THE MONKEY TRAP

How do you catch a monkey?

 

You put a rock of salt in a hole

with an opening smaller

than the monkey’s fist.

The monkey reaches in,

grabs the salt

and is trapped.

 

All because he won’t let go

of what he thinks he wants.

 

Wisdom requires letting go

of more

than you ever embrace.

ON LOAN

So many things to consider

when I sit down to eat my dinner...

 

I live in a house I call my own

even though it belongs to the bank

and I just live here on loan.  

 

The table at which I sit,

first came to the family

when my Grandfather purchased it.

 

As a boy, I ate here and studied,

celebrated birthdays with my buddies.

 

Now it sits in the bank’s dining room.

I still eat my meals here,

but the table will be someone else’s

when I take to my tomb.

 

These children too,

I say they are mine

but soon enough they will be on their own,

just a matter of time.

 

I could become fearful while thinking these thoughts,

wondering if life has meaning or whether it ought

to be enough to be grateful

and feel like a winner

because I’ve been given

children

and table

and house

and dinner.  

BACK TO BUSINESS

“Back to business” the boss said,

after a coffee

break.

“There are shareholders

and executives fretting

that their investments are at

stake.”

 

Most have forgotten,

in the rush to get things

done,

return on investment is only

one

of the tools to measure

whether you’ve

won.

 

More helpful to remember,

business is made for the people,

not people for the

bus-i-ness.

HOLDING TOGETHER

Let it go.

All you think is holding you together.

 

The way you tense your

shoulders

and

neck.

The force required to hold in your stomach.

 

What people think.

Who “owes” you.

Who wronged you.

 

How you let yourself down.

What you “should” do.

 

Let it go.

Just for one breath.

Or two.

 

Now what will you do?

 

(What we think holds up together

is often what is tearing us apart.)