#11

thank you

my little leaf

friend who chose

me as your messenger

of the beauty and

hope and

wonderful

surprises

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my adventure

begins with a long road

i picture myself lifted up floating

i know i can do this now!

and my vision pierces through light and dark

like an arrow that doesn’t land

there is no end

the many little things of today

went a new way today

discovered a surreal plant

discovered how one street was connected to another

did many small things

that i hope will have an impact

felt better when i left 

than i did as i entered

taking a deep breath

here we go

found ways to help those around me

found little things i could do to protect them from stress

i am grateful for that

it makes me see myself differently

and remember who i am 

secret walk

i have a secret walk that is not so secret

it has no special door or key or access code

it does not require a fee

in some ways, it may be circuitous 

maybe it seems not very direct 

to those who know that i take it to get to a particular destination 

it’s not the destination that is the point

i take it for the greenery

i take it for the quiet

for the air

for the lack of traffic horns and constant chatter

i take it for the succulents i see

because there’s a bridge

and a set of round planters

i take it to hear wind rustle

the destination is just a guide so i get other things done

each day i see something new

and so the journey constantly changes

so i am filled with wonder and gratitude that i got to take that walk

and can’t wait to share it with others

look to the sky 

when you come to the first part of the day where you are under sky

after a long while 

confined and neatly organized 

suddenly released into the the wild 

vibrant rainbow sky 

where you don’t know the outcome but feel that it will be good

stand under it 

looking up and as you close your eyes to breathe 

finally breathe in this air

this movement of wisps of clouds

across the evening

into forever 

into the dream land

into the space where art is created 

and true appreciate can resonate

i bow down in gratitude to this time and don’t know why

i am here another day

but i am

and somehow i am shining 

how could i not honor that gift?

thank you to the earth

i give thanks to the earth for giving us what we need

for giving us shelter, food, and water

for giving us beauty and inspiration 

thank you for trees that help us breathe 

song birds

for all the animals

and plants that spring up from the earth 

thank you for the sun above

and the moon climbing high into the stars

for fish in the sea

and all the wonder that surrounds us

thank you for being with us

and for letting us be with you

the things i’ve learned 

how to smile when times are tough

how to tie my shoelaces

how to tie my shoelaces so it looks like one solid lace 

how to look up when i walk

how to tell a crow from a raven

how to give feedback so that others hear with an open mind

how to open my mind

how to open up

how open a cd to get the liner notes out and put in your own design

how to re-arrange furniture 

how to listen

how to listen for the sound of breath

how to breathe 

how to breathe under water

how to pour water from one cup and back again

how to sing

how to do karaoke without a care in the world

how to dance

how to hold hands

how to hold space

how to hold back what i want to say and instead say what the moment requires

how to be calm

how to temper your passion with grace and confidence 

how to say fuck it

how to tell people what i think

how to call someone or something out 

how to take being called out

how to learn from my mistakes

how to keep going

how to remain focused

how to look from within for encouragement 

how to love

how to love life

how to love the life around me

how to be part of it

how to remove my box and break down boundaries 

how to break things down in to pieces

how to break it down

how to break

how to take a break

how to come back to it again and again

how to keep going

how to keep pushing

how to push softer

how to not try so hard

how to not be afraid

how to shine brightly

how to write

how to take it all in

and how to let it go
and for this and so much more i am so thankful 

thank you

i thank you

to the plants on the path as i move forward

to the sun that shines brightly as i start my day

to my memory for reminding me of the good things

to the grass that calms and cools

to all the practices that keep me whole

to my body for keeping me warm

to the moon to the stars and night for providing rest and inspiration

to the people who have made the day feel lighter

to the work for teaching me how to push further and hold more

to the people who showed me how i was already capable

to the love in others hearts

to the hope that others feel

to the kind words and important words and special, meaningful words

to all the places i’ve been before and all the places i’ve never been

and to me for being me and being here and being the only person i can and know how to be

for continually growing

moving

changing

challenging

pursuing

reaching

finding

and for all of this 

i give thanks

i give thanks 

i give thanks