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I wish to walk where there are no paths – only directions. I choose a real life – a full life, one of value and diversity. If I am to accomplish anything I can not be a lone dissenting voice in the wilderness – there is too much at stake. If only the 21st century came with a guidebook on living a good life! This year of pitfalls and pain has left me with the knowledge that I cannot rely on my heart alone. I must let my mind have equal reign. I may feel hurt and disappointed but I am not beaten, only more determined, like Maya Angelou’s defiant “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” I will not be reduced and refuse to believe that even in such times an honest heart counts less than a love of dollar signs.

There is a reason I possess gifts that I have not allowed to flourish because I feel duty bound to help others and art seems self-indulgent at best. But words have power and can lead us to action – my continued presence here on the planet is proof of that  –  I am here but for the grace of language, my lifeline of life, a way of seeking points of connection in the chaos.

A new adventure awaits discovery and it will be one of stepping yet again into the unknown, trusting in my heart’s buoyancy to keep me afloat and my head to keep me in line. I am sure there must be some charm to keep a witch like me from sinking – I think it is called hope.

my notebook December 18, 2007 Freeman Farm, Sointula BC, 25 yrs old

Don’t stop asking how to be a good person and you’ll likely be fine, since most of the goodness lies in asking the answers are not that important, what matters most is how we live the question. Of course we are going to get lost, mired in darkness and doubt, what can we do but start where we are, root ourselves in what is, stick together, and push up in the direction of the light?

Further Reading:

Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
also referenced with a personal story on 4/15/15 

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“…science teaches us: matter is neither created nor destroyed. And that’s true. I believe that. I have no problem with it. If that’s the case, then what was, is. So we lose the body but we keep the spirit.”

Nikki Giovanni in conversation with Bill Moyers, February 13, 2009

Try your best not to overcomplicate goodness, good is rarely complicated – it is in the touch of a hand, a moment of kindness or honest conversation, the sharp taste of a fresh summer berry, the comforting weight of our favourite cup, riding a bicycle into the wind, how words can sink into our hearts and music lift our souls, finding home in the arms or eyes of another. Though love may leave, summer become a distant memory, much-loved cups chipped and cracked – what we love and have loved stays with us in each future moment of goodness.

How to live a good life even when things are falling apart is also simple: live like life is a good idea. Be available and present for goodness – taste the strawberry, hold the hand, use the favourite cup until it breaks, make the call, have patience, read poetry, listen deeply, write your heart out, reach for each other, ride the bike.

What can you do today to remind yourself and those around you that life is a wonderful idea?

Further Reading:

Watch Nikki Giovanni read “Everything Good is Simple” (17:00) from Bicycles: Love Poems as part of her conversation with Bill Moyers – in 30 minutes she covers the violence at Virginia Tech, the loss of her parents and sister, race, oppression, and losing a lung to cancer – but it is all goodness. Out of tragedy and trauma she made a bicycle of words to move forward on that we can take all take a ride on if we are willing to give it a go.Nikki Giovanni, Bicycles: Love Poems 

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Did you know that all the water there is on earth right now is all the water there has ever been, we don’t know how to make more, and still don’t fully understand our water or where it came from? The earth is a closed system meaning that the amount of water on the planet is unchanging though it forms and reforms over time. There are many theories for why our hunk of rock contains water compatible with life from being delivered on icy asteroids, to planetary cooling, to an act of god. However it was that water came to be here, as far as humans are concerned, each drop is as old as time.

Consider how over millennia the water on earth has been recycled countless times through the process of evaporation. The dew drops in the garden were once part of a raging river, a storm cloud, the spider’s web, a human tear. A single drop of water has seen the history of life on this planet and contains all the stories that ever were. The water in our body is made of the same stuff – we are part of the enormous river of time, Utah Phillip’s ‘long memory’ is pumping through us right now in this moment. If we take the time we can reach in and take out what we need for our lives – that part is tricky but anyone can figure it out, the real goodness is in learning to lay our lives back down into the river to let them flow away to be of use to others downstream. Don’t hold onto your life so tightly you forget that we are all flowing towards the same end at the same pace.

Remember: The first law of thermodynamics is nothing is ever lost, only changed.
Further Reading:

Utah Phillips also referenced on 3/19/15 and 5/14/15

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