Note: Today I am happy to tell you of a new feature on my blog: poems on spirituality by a good friend, Ann Glover O’Dell. Her poems speak to me as I hope they will to you.
My post for today follows after the poem. – Love, Celia
From Ann’s Midwifing the Soul:
What I expected was a memory
deep imprimatur of miracle
serving as benchmark
of all grateful glimpses
through the prism of experience.
A lesser geyser I requested
having pooled within the marrow
of my mind as journey food
and solace after sorrow
original sacred spray
hoping for its offspring
never more distant
than corner round and waiting.
But just today that fountain flow returned
its honoring of my desire
so I breathe deep
and welcome gratefully
the fresh baptism
from my sacred source.
From Celia’s Images in a Reflecting Pool:
Just “being” in life is affirming and good. I don’t have to “do” all the time. I have to realize that doing “more, more, more” to justify my existence is not necessary.
Is taking the easier pathway always suspect? Must we always struggle to be a “success”?
I invariably overestimate the time that it will take to complete a task that I have been putting off.
Learning how to work properly has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. Faced with much work, I’m apt to feel great anxiety and be paralyzed by it. Even a modest sense of “too much to do” will keep me working at a pace that is too fast, one I can’t sustain.
I do best when I consciously realize that there is more than enough time to do everything. Then I work at a steady (but not slow) pace, and, most importantly, I enjoy the work. My journal is filled with reminders to “pace” though the day. Doesn’t this say to me that I ought to keep my duties always at a manageable level?
As much as I would like to turn out prodigious amounts of work, that is an instance of falling in love with the ordering process, a phenomenon I once heard in a warning dream.
I should know my own psychology counsels against this way of living unless the work is imposed from within (never from without), and there is little or no deadline pressure.