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Smiles have
this way, they
captivate and
they raise up
our energy
and light up
the world,
they ripple
outward and
back to us,
they’re a gift
we give to others
and to ourselves,
so just…


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Smile © Susan L Hart 2022

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Crimson Reverie

Friends send word
that it’s a stellar
autumn back home,
punctuated with pics
of unimaginable
flushes of perfect
color, ringing against
deep blue skies,
nudging my heart
to impossible

For long luxurious
walks scented
by Nature’s turning,
the poignant musk of
her full fruition,
apricot and crimson
ablaze with sunlight,
her dazzling glow
embracing me,
bending my mood
and contemplation.

Who ever could feel
tired or defeated
on such days?

I felt naught
but goodness and
rightness on these
halcyon treks,
Nature teaching me
the natural way
of everything –
It is not death,
but a tender
“see you later”,
only to rise up
again, transformed
in sweet green,
bidding me “hello”,
begging me to
walk and talk
of possibilities,
plans, the rebirth
of everything,
including me.

Just for a while,
how my heart longs
to stroll once again
‘neath that crimson…

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I’m feeling very soul weary this morning, how about you? The din of the world is wearing me down. I’m heading for my sacred space, “my” park with the beautiful eucalyptus trees and the river running through it.

Sometimes it feels impossible to make peace with our own thoughts, or the craziness of the world. (These too often go hand-in-hand lately.) What we need is simply to let go, to find a quiet space to relax and not think. Hard to do, but nature has this way of coaxing us to be mindful of the moment, the beauty, and what is real. After all, all of that craziness that causes us to come unglued is part of the man made matrix called society. Nature pulls us back to our natural solid center.

I’m longing for peace,
the trees feel my soul’s yearning,
forest enfolds me.

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ~  Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” ~ Franz Kafka

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Our Essence is Freedom

There was a time in Hawaii – I will never forget it – when the ocean spoke to me of freedom. A storm was blowing in from Japan, and word in the community was that within a couple of days the surfing would be stellar. That same night, my partner and I awoke at midnight to the thunderous sound of pounding waves. We headed out immediately to check it out at a beach somewhat nearby.

This was one of the calmer beaches, not a surfer hangout. The waves were already spectacular! There were no man-made lights, save for several small dots twinkling way off in the far distance.

Uncommon Wild Beauty

When we arrived, the scene that lay before us took my breath away. The beach and the water were lit brilliantly by a magnificent full moon. Light clouds flitted in and out in the strong breeze. The rolling huge waves frothed white in the blazing moonlight, crashing wildly on the shore.

We took our shoes off and walked. The beauty and power of the scene were intoxicating, and my soul was unleashed in a way I had never experienced before.

Nature Speaks to our Essence

I felt what it means to be just a human being on the Earth, and the inherent freedom of my soul. For just a little while, the pulse of nature ran through me like a jolt of electricity. I felt the wildness and joy of my essence. I was completely alive, and I did not want that feeling to end.

The wild, untamed places discovered in my travels without fail have this affect; they speak to my soul. And I have come to understand this:

Our essence is freedom, and we must never let that go.

A quote about freedom from Shawshank Redemption:

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though… Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

Claim Your Bright Feathers

Too many people don’t realize that their feathers are too bright to be caged. When that changes, the world also will change. It’s time to claim your bright feathers, if you have not done so already.


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The Illusion of Civilized

As our buildings get taller and our computers faster, it seems that modern society is simultaneously sliding downward in terms of the fundamental life principles needed to build a truly great civilization. There are cultures we might label as “primitive” that have or had a much greater grasp of the ethics and integrity of a respectful and fulfilling society.

In the Star Trek series (there are several), there is a law of noninterference called “The Prime Directive”. It dictates that there be no interference with the natural development of any primitive society. In the Star Trek stories, the defining line is that another (alien) society must have achieved warp speed technology on their own before any contact can be made with them. These days I wonder what civilizations might be observing us and just shaking their heads. Observation of our incessant human wars could be one example.

“Sorry, we would really like to help you, we see you are floundering around and it is really painful to watch. But, you haven’t figured out certain basic things on your own yet… Give us a call when you get it.”

Inspirational Quotes:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” ~ Sigmund Freud

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.” ~ John Lennon

“When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.” ~ Susan Faludi

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Humanity’s Story

We make sense of life through our stories. Life is mysterious, scary, wonderful, big – replete with challenges, stumbling blocks, triumphs, sorrow and joy – and we feel a deep need to put it into words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.

When another person listening to our own story looks into our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We feel understood in our journey.

The Bigger Story of Humanity

As for the bigger story of humanity, just look around and ask, “What kind of story are we currently collectively writing?” What kinds of words describe this story? Is it a story we will be proud to pass onto future generations? Or, not so much?

On the face of it, the big picture story being written right now is fraught with pain and divisiveness. This story is not unified, nor is it a pretty one. On the other hand, there is an undercurrent of a blossoming at hand. The thin veneer of society is cracking. Our old beliefs and protocols are no longer sustainable in an awakening humanity.

We each contribute to The Big Story

Are we not all ready for a new story? Remember, we as individuals can choose to write the story we will live. If we don’t exercise our free will and choose, someone else will write our story for us.

Be clear on what you want your world to look like, envision it, intend it, contribute to it. Don’t get distracted by or caught up in the story someone else is trying to write for you. To ensure that your vision of life and the world is written, you must get in the game and start creating it now, word by precious word.

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Shaping Our Destiny

There are things I regret in my life lived thus far, mistakes I must live with and learn from, and endeavor to do better next time. Such is life, and also the process of every soul’s learning. I do not want the most haunting question at the end of my life to be, “Who was I?” To not be able to answer this question would be very sad. To not really know one’s self by the end means a life spent skating along the surface.

To take this mental meandering to another level, if we keep going the way we are as a collective, will humanity end in a place where its last thought is, “Who were we?” That would be the saddest of all. A whole collective of human souls, realizing they gave up their personal power and never reached their potential, or worse, never even realizing they had it. Because right now who we are is a group of beings who are being held back tremendously by a matrix that wants to completely control and shape our future.

Perhaps as part of a greater humanity, it is time for each of us to really start questioning, “Who ARE we, and where are we headed? What future do WE want to create for ourselves?” I believe the creative answers that come to us from such questions can completely change the course of human destiny. How about you?

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