Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Long Road (Cliff Eberhardt)

Historically, my birth day/week/month has been a time of reflection about the previous year and the upcoming one: hopes, dreams, goals, expectations, resolutions, etc. - it's a perfect occasion to assess my role on this planet and how I'll do things differently (or not) over the next twelve months...

My trip to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (with a few days on either end) was almost a week, my return flight into Ft. Lauderdale was delayed Monday evening and I hit the ground running, back to work that Tuesday morning - this past weekend was full with obligations, not to mention birthday festivities, and then Monday rolled around again. I'm still tired and back to overwhelmed, with very little opportunity to ruminate, much less put my thoughts into any semblance of coherence.

So... I'll continue to post relevant songs/books/poems/quotes until divine inspiration strikes - it will happen when it's meant, I have no doubt...

SONG: The Long Road by Cliff Eberhardt

POEM: The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

QUOTE: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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