Reason to Celebrate!

I awake from a dark and frightening dream

Then remember we have a nightmare that’s real

That things are just as bad as they seem

Which helps explain the anxiety I feel


When morning first opens, engages my mind

Any terror I saw while I slumbered

Links to other black thoughts, and that’s when I find

Familiar bleak stories with which my mind’s encumbered


Negative notions from ago, but still with me now

Though I try to forget trouble no longer in sight

Still, that angst persists, supersedes good thoughts somehow

Credit my lizard’s brain always seeking reason for fight or for flight


Meditation can help, as can walks with our dog

With white clouds to admire, a partner to adore

And the most positive way to pull my mind from the bog

Is to remember people I loved, who walk among us no more


What happened to Sam and to Richard, to Mother and Dad

All much younger than I am now, when they departed?

The unfulfilled yearnings and hopes that they had

The missions they dreamed of but never started?


In leaving they taught me the key thing to know

To manage my mind so comfort and joy can arrive

Let my consciousness expand so understanding can grow

Remember to breath, to affirm awareness that I’m still alive


Yes, I abhor this place, standing forever in line

Or have to do other things I particularly hate

But I can inventory the working parts of the body still mine

Though quite a few have passed their “should use by” date


And this: In the days that remain before I’m ashes and dust

Feel gratitude for having what’s uniquely mine to give

Follow this plan for a peace I always can trust:

Try to be of service to others for as long as I live.

4 thoughts on “Reason to Celebrate!

  1. so glad you have:
    “walks with our dog
    With white clouds to admire, a partner to adore”

    that about does it in my book!

  2. I agree with Suzanne, but add that we also have friends we love who share our reflections, questions, and forever quests–and knowing these friends are watching the very same clouds does ease the angst just a tiny bit. It’s cool to think, realize, there is this network of souls on the same page. I hope I’m wrong, and that we really live forever.

  3. thank you so much bill for your insightful words. in my experience, a current nightmare can trigger past nightmares or even just move me toward the fight, flight or freeze response. what you bring up for me is where do we put our focus – how do we marvel in the ordinary, the day to day that sometimes gets lost in the scurry and flurry of our fast lives. knowing that in many ways, we are all carrying this tension right now and trying to find ways of working with it – of keeping our attention on gratitude for that which we do have. thank you

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