If You’re Avoiding Something-

If you’re avoiding something, oftentimes, everything else to do seems to be a bit more appealing.

I’m not really avoiding finishing the thoughts that I started a few days ago. I guess I’m simply not ready for it. My mind isn’t there yet.

Much like this morning’s post, this one comes out of something I’m reading as well.

I’m really enjoying Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. As I was going through it this evening, an excerpt stuck out as it reminded me of some thoughts on a similar topic that a friend had written some months ago.

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“The terrible thing about public schools is they take young children who are natural poets and story writers and have them read literature and then step away from it and talk “about” it.

The Red Wheelbarrow 

by William Carlos Williams

so much depends

upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

“What did the poet mean by the ‘red wheelbarrow’? Did he mean a sunset? A chariot? And why was it ‘glazed with rain’?” So many questions. He meant nothing so much as a wheelbarrow, and it was red because it was red and it had just rained. So much depends on it because poems are small moments of enlightenment – at that moment the wheelbarrow just as it was woke Williams up and was everything” (p.30-31, emphasis added).

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I really like that last part. The simplicity and profundity of what is experienced and what it brings about. And not Prov. 1:22 “simple”. The good “simple”.

The drizzle has stopped, but I can still hear cars sloshing past. I’m breathing in fresh rain air. This ginger tea is hot.

It’s simple. But I’m awake and so grateful for it. There’s more than enough meaning in this to appreciate.

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