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Footprints in the Windsm # 1875–Why 300 years?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1875

Why 300 years? Because it lifts our sights beyond those with whom we are able to talk. Because those in 300 years are close enough we can imagine them, but far enough away we are forced to think longer, in terms of lineages and species. Because we need to raise our sights beyond the quick fix. Because we are forced to ask what is best for humanity and maybe even life itself. Because it requires us to ask, How does what I do and who I am today have effects beyond me? Can we improve humanity, just a little?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 15th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1874–Story more than story

The story is always about more than the story.

:- Doug.

Footprints in the Windsm # 1874

The story is always about more than the story.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 9th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1873–Expect from hearer

Footprints in the Windsm # 1873

Telling our story one to another we expect something from teller, from hearer. What? It is precisely this turning to one another, this expectation. When we are heard we receive. We receive when we are received. This flow between us says to each and to group, you matter. Intuitively we know: in this flow we become more whole. Here is a clue to the something of all meeting, whether conversation or story or dance.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 1st, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1872–Ask a grandchild to read to you

Footprints in the Windsm # 1872

Ask a grandchild to read to you.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 29th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1871–Stretch enjoyably

Footprints in the Windsm # 1871

Stretch enjoyably
and immediately after your muscles are
your whole world
Exhausting effort-filled day
so tired you sit almost asleep
a special meditation
In prayer without words
without images
attention beyond attention
These the times
These the communion


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1870–Hate is failure of imagination

Footprints in the Windsm # 1870

Hate is a failure of imagination
a failure of willingness to work
to find yourself in others


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 22nd, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1869–Name this grandchild

Footprints in the Windsm # 1869

How might you name this grandchild? Bright eyes, Beloved, Curious, Firefly, Grasshopper, Wonderful, Mighty: what do you see in whom you see? Can your sight draw her out? Help her see her humanity, animality, divinity?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 15th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1868–Permission

Footprints in the Windsm # 1868

The earth belongs to all creatures
Her wealth she bestows on all
Nay!
The land belongs to the wealthy
The strong, the audacious to seize!
Others must ask permission
To walk, to sing, to drink, to breathe


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 11th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1867–Clown sets us free?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1867

How is it a clown mask can free us to reveal our truer selves? Both sides of the mask?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 8th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1866–Take charge for

Footprints in the Windsm # 1866

Elders can take charge for our world, for the grandchildren. Take charge not control: no one is in control but all can take charge. For not of, nor over. This is an attitude shift that changes our destination.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 4th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1865–Words collecting me

Footprints in the Windsm # 1865

I have been collecting words of spirit. Or they me. What words collect you?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 1st, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1864–After I left

Footprints in the Windsm # 1864

After I left our meeting, I had a call for an emergency appointment. The person arrived a few minutes after I got back to my office. Her husband of 40+ years was in the hospital, unconscious. The doctors said he was dying. They were doing no treatment. She wanted to take him home and care for him there with TLC and strong prayer. Let’s grant that prayer changes things. Was the husband wrong? Was his body wrong? Was the trajectory of his living towards dying wrong?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 27th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1863–Write the book you want to read

Footprints in the Windsm # 1863

Write the book you want to read. Go new places.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1862–O how precious the daffodils

Footprints in the Windsm # 1862

O how precious the daffodils
If I’d only seen them once!
A child’s enthrallment is pure—


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 20th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1861–Nikos and Wendell

Footprints in the Windsm # 1861

We are worms
Nikos says resurrection
is when worms
become butterflies
Wendell says practice resurrection


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 17th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1860–I walk in a winter storm

Footprints in the Windsm # 1860

I walk in a winter storm
The snow, the rain, the ice
Pelt me
My footing unsure
Winds buffet me,
Hold me back, propel me,
Push me off course
I step into this place out of the storm
Meeting warmth and good people
Maybe at an unanticipated destination
Nonetheless, destination


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 14th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1859–They will have dreams

Footprints in the Windsm # 1859

They will have dreams
Listen for their dreams


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 10th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1858–Cookies, puppies, work well loved

Footprints in the Windsm # 1858

What might be the long-view criteria for the future generations? Cookies, puppies, work well loved, wind, wet, stories, conversation…?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 7th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1857–Simpler than expected

Footprints in the Windsm # 1857

Old age may be simpler than we expected. Freedom. Reflection. Open-heartedness. Deepening. Extending.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 3rd, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1856–Trail makers

Footprints in the Windsm # 1856

With whom else might we converse, we who converse across the generations? What are the questions about which to converse? What questions would lead us to a higher humanity?

What is higher humanity? What are our highest aspects? Who are our exemplars and why do we esteem them? Lincoln, Gandhi, Jesus, Gautama, Tubman for examples. They showed us the best in ourselves. What best? Caring. Kindness. Big-heartedness. Strength in these. Vulnerability and humanness. Speaking to all of us….

So perhaps we can write biographies of human people. Or simply write why we revere these people. Pebbles in the forest, a trail to follow.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 30th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1855–Not better ways to age:

Footprints in the Windsm # 1855

We are not about finding better ways to age: rather better ways to be human.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 27th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1854–It matters we don’t all reach for the same

Footprints in the Windsm # 1854

It matters that we go find out what specific things matter to each of us. It matters we draw out of our essence, it matters we reflect, it matters we commit. It matters that we mean and touch something larger than ourselves.

It matters that we open doors of study and perception, and see is only part of it. It matters we grow. It matters we look to see. It matters we listen to hear. It matters we open our spirits to one another, to the generations. It matters that the world becomes larger, more diverse, more loving. It matters we converse.

It matters that we don’t all reach for the same thing.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 23rd, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1853–So we have captured the shooters

Footprints in the Windsm # 1853

So we have captured the shooters in the last two mass shootings. Here is opportunity: to learn from them the motivators for such actions, to see what we can do to make their world more calm and less hostile to them. This would do the same for the rest of us.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 20th, 2019 | No Comments »