When things seem stirred up in my life, sometimes all I have to do is see more clearly. I’ve found that if I can simply notice the usually unnoticed things around me, life feels lighter and more leisurely. If, for instance, I take some time to tour Delycia’s garden on an abundant day in May and actually see the assorted shades of the blossoms, actually notice the slight shifting of the flowers in the faintest winds, I almost always come away with a quieter feeling about life. Problems seem simpler after I’ve studied the colors of clouds for a few seconds, or seen the different ways two houses shine in the sunlight, or observed the movement among millions of leaves in windy trees. Even taking the time to notice the way a window shows the shades of early morning light might make a day seem absolutely effortless, its potential problems utterly powerless and easy to solve.
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AFTER 61 (Harrison P., 61, Blessings, CT)
Shortly after his 61st birthday,
he found himself standing beneath wisdom
that rolled like a thousand thunders.
Something made him feel
the strength of youth,
like he was thirteen again
and could do anything,
and could show sympathy to everything,
He found himself laughing
with the misfortunes of his life
as though they were playful dolphins
from a fairy tale.
He challenged his rascally problems
to games like Chinese checkers,
and he always won.
He felt like a chimpanzee
swinging beneath beautiful wisdom trees
in his happy 60’s,
and he always chose