January 18, 2017 – See the World Like A Poet


“Pass through this brief patch of time in harmony with nature, and come to your final resting place gracefully, just as a ripened olive might drop, praising the earth that nourished it and grateful to the tree that gave it growth.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.48.2

I don’t know if this story is original, but it’s one I like to tell.

A man has fallen into a river. The current is swift, but not rapid. The river winds so much that he can’t tell wants around each successive bend. As he looks around he sees beautiful trees, and wildlife aplenty. The sky is at once clear, then cloudy. Overhead any variety of birds may canvas the blue, or rain may come in sheets. He could fight the current by swimming to shore, but he will tire and he will not survive the swim. His only view will be of the shoreline in front of him. Or he could simply let the current take him wherever it goes. His view will be all that nature has to offer. He will not survive the current, but the journey will be unforgettable.

We are all in the river. We will not remain in the river forever. We will eventually rest. Take some time today to look around and notice the small things. Just be grateful.

See the beauty in the cracks in the pavement, the traffic, the long lines or anything that you might normally find annoying. See what the poet sees. The lyricist. Let the beauty of life, in all things, inspire you with a sense of gratitude.

Life, so they say, is but a game and we let it slip away.
Love, like the Autumn sun, should be dyin’ but it’s only just begun.
Like the twilight in the road up ahead, they don’t see just where we’re goin’.
And all the secrets in the Universe, whisper in our ears

And all the years will come and go, take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
Dreams, so they say, are for the fools and they let ’em drift away.

Peace, like the silent dove, should be flyin’ but it’s only just begun.
Like Columbus in the olden days, we must gather all our courage.
Sail our ships out on the open sea. Cast away our fears
And all the years will come and go, and take us up, always up.

We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
So, I want to laugh while the laughin’ is easy. I want to cry if it makes it worthwhile.
We may never pass this way again, that’s why I want it with you.

‘Cause, you make me feel like I’m more than a friend.
Like I’m the journey and you’re the journey’s end.

We may never pass this way again, that’s why I want it with you, baby.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.

Seals and Croft – “We May Never Pass This Way Again”

larry

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