WORDS LIKE LIGHT 

August 17, 2021

CIRCLE

            I’m sure we all sometimes wonder: where does it all begin? Where is the origin of this experience called ‘life’? Right now, I’m sitting at my desk at 4:43 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, and where did this situation begin? Where did these typed words on the computer screen begin? Where did the rising and falling of my lungs just now originally begin? What’s so amazing to me is that I realize, more and more clearly, that finding the origin – the precise starting place – of anything is like trying to find the starting place of a circle. It simply doesn’t exist. A circle does not begin – or end –  and neither does anything else. All of us – all people, things, and situations – are beginningless and endless, as infinite as a flawless circle. We like to pretend that everything has a beginning and an end, but that’s as silly as saying a circle starts right here and ends right there. Me sitting at my desk right now, at 4:54 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, didn’t begin anywhere, just like a circle doesn’t begin anywhere. Situations don’t start or end; they just flow, like any circle wonderfully flows. 

            Lucky for me, I won’t be starting or finishing anything today. I’ll just humbly be part of the beginningless and endless flow of the infinite, beautiful circle called ‘life’.  


SOME PEOPLE SITTING IN A CIRCLE 
IN THE PARK ON SUNDAY MORNING

They said they were worshiping
what was – 
the trees turning in the winds, 
a few old flowers 
working comfortably to show off, 
a discarded spoon 
being restful in the grass, 
the thoughts that were given to them 
as gifts from the silvery moments.
That’s all, 
they said, 
just adoring dear life 
that was letting its light 
flow over and through them 
on this effortlessly 
lovely 
    morning.   

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