Faux French
ridiculous rhymes
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Let’s build bridges
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Letter from
a drama queen
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Strike Forward to Let Go

I LOVE THE PHILOSOPHIES OF
response-ability.
learning by exploration.

I SAY THAT I
strike forward with optimistic expectations.
do all that I can do.

person approaching a goal sign, but the path to get there is broken

I AIM TO BE A
high achiever.
model of kindness.

I AM INSPIRED TO
reach further.
dream bigger.

I WANT MY LIFE PATH TO BE
cohesive.
shared.

Do I really live by these goals? What do I actually do?

a calm ocean at night

I actually let go of all that I want and expect: I summon each desire and dread, gaze upon it, savor the hope that I tied to it, explore the contours, and let it go. I cry over the loss of each one until I feel empty: my hands, mind and soul seem bare.

Then I am floating, flat on my back on a calm ocean at night. When I open my “eyes,” all I see is the stars of infinity. When I look at the horizon, I see shadowy trees overhanging a distant beach, and darkness beyond that. I hear slip-slaps of the dlippling water. I relax on the rippling cushion of the water’s surface. My breath and the salt water keep me afloat. My heels settle down a little as I breathe in, and level out as I breathe out. I am here, now. I enjoy this time of peace, however long it lasts, in this timeless place. This place just is.

Eventually a wave comes along that energizes me and aligns me with opportunities. I ride the wave until it beaches me at a distant land, to explore and gather wants and expectations.

Some time later, the tide rolls in, and the ocean reclaims me.

.

“Goal” image courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
modified by Grace Buchanan.
“Ocean Night” image is a composite of “Under the Stars” by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,
“Two Planet-hunters Snapped at La Silla” by European Southern Observatory / Alexandre Santerne, via Wikimedia Commons, and
“Untitled” by cuisy for openphoto.net.
“Ocean Night” is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 by Grace Buchanan.

25 responses to “Strike Forward to Let Go”

  1. I would very much appreciate your help, as described on Deconstructing Myths today.
    Also, I would like to know the political reasons for your decision.

    With respect, and in struggle,
    .
    Claire O’Brien

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    1. Thank you Claire for responding to my offer to help with your petition. I am working on re-blogging your story.

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      1. THANK-YOU very much. My appreciation is difficult to express.
        Will you also be emailing the petition itself? Please include me as a cc.

        Thank-you again. I am deeply grateful.

        In solidarity,

        Claire

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        1. I just emailed you a draft of my comments to accompany my re-blog, for your review before I publish them.

          I am glad to strike forward with you, with optimistic expectations.

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          1. I just read your comments. I think they are great. I sent you an email.

            Thank-you again, from my heart.

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            1. Grace AND her comments are soooooo great!!

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  2. Really enjoyed this post 🙂 Sorry I have been out of touch recently I have been a bit of a hermit. I hope your doing okay!

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  3. Nice, actually your comments on my take made me understand that this is like a meditation. As it is very poetic I took it differently at first. I like the way you built the post, showing your desire first.

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    1. Thank you. And thank you for helping my readers to notice the subtlety of my message.

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  4. “I hear slip-slaps of the dlippling water.” This line and the entire paragraph it’s in are just hauntingly beautiful. It’s true….I started to highlight and cut/paste all my favorite parts and i realized I would just be leaving your entire original post in the comment section. JUST WONDERFUL!!

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    1. You are such a sweetheart ❤ I had fun figuring out how to spell the texture of the water that makes the slip-slapping sound.

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  5. The essence of being human captured. Thank you Grace. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for re-tweeting it. I am glad that you could relate, Leni. 🙂

      Happy Easter!

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  6. What a lovely and poetic description of a human being evolving, exploring…so exciting and that last line was a powerful punch that made me smile.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your smile with me.

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  7. Wow that is wonderful, two parts and so different your wishes and then I don’t know not quite a poem, not quite a story, but like a meditative story beautifully written x I wasn’t brave enough to offer for the prompt this week .

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    1. Thank you for getting “into it”. I appreciate your visit.

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      1. a pleasure i should thank you for writing x

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  8. Love what you’re doing here, WG!

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    1. Hooray for mutual admiration! 🙂

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