A bit on this being human

I was going to write about the end of NaPoWriMo1 today. But I find myself wanting to let that be for the moment. I suppose there will be something to say about it sooner or later2.

What’s on my mind right now is this: sometimes we have to weigh what is ours. We also sometimes have to way our sense of what is right. I find both of these things before me as I consider making a couple of moves in my life.

The question of what is mine has floated around me before. It’s surfaced at times not unlike the one that I’m in currently. What I mean by this is that I believe that we can introject the visions, ideas, even passions of others. This can set us on a course that doesn’t really belong to us. There is probably a lot written about this (indeed, David Whyte has written about it some), and I could certainly go deeper on this idea, but for now this will have to suffice.

What can make it challenging, in my experience, is that the question often arises in times of stress. This is not necessarily helpful. But, it’s what is. At least for now.

As far as what is right…we’ll, this question can be viewed from a number of different angles. For me, at this moment, it has to do with what I might to choose to support, even a bit indirectly.

All of this can lead to some paralysis if I’m not careful. I’m learning a lot more about this paralysis and how to work with and through it. One thing I’m learning: we are some fragile creatures, us humans.

Remembering this, I hope, might bring us all a bit more peace.


  1. National Poetry Writing Month

  2. For now, just know that I did a thing.

April 30, 2019


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