#life

IF ONLY

Wouldn’t this planet be a wonderful place…starting today…if only

We never let another person ever feel lonely.

 

If no one ever lived in squalor, in famine or poverty.

If no one ever felt the sting of inhumanity.

 

If everyone in the world received an education that also taught them how to think

If everyone had access to electricity, and clean water they could drink.

 

If when something bad happened to us we stopped looking for someone else to blame

If no matter what a person believes in or looks like…we treated everyone the same.

 

If instead of being separate nations we were a nation or one

If only we felt protected by…instead of afraid of…a person with a gun

 

If priests didn’t molest girls and boys…that can’t be in God’s plan!

If girls and women didn’t have to worry about being molested by a man.

 

If everyone had a place to live with windows and a door.

If no one had to worry about health care anymore.

 

If wars were non existent…if we had clean rivers and skies…

If everyone understood the meaning of compromise…

 

If we saw the beauty in each person…if we were kind to one another 

If we treated everyone across the world as our sister and our brother…

 

We have the power to change the world…

we have the strength within our hearts…

If only we would take the time…

 

if only we would start.


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ANOTHER WONDERFUL DAY

Life is made up of wonderful moments….

Little moments that come our way…

that combine with other wonderful moments

to become a wonderful day!

 

Take yesterday for instance…the moment my feet hit the ground

everywhere I looked…wonderful moments….all around…

 

Deborah and I took a walk with a friend…early morning before the crowds.

We watched the sun rise over the water…painting colors on the clouds.

 

When we reached the pier…out in the water….under an ever-changing sky

A dolphin mommy and her baby…happily swimming by.

 

Deborah made a batch of shortbread for Rick, our nephew,

(as a baker she’s well versed)

Still…no shortbread ever leaves our house

until I taste it first!

 

We rode in our golf cart to a restaurant

where we met Rick and of a wonderful lunch we partook…

We talked for hours and Rick gave us ‘A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo’

 a wonderful Children’s book.

 

These wonderful moments were but a few

of the ones that came our way.

Wonderful moments that combined together

to make yesterday a wonderful day…

 

If today we string more wonderful moments together…

I think it becomes quite clear

how one great day will turn into another…

and we’ll end up with a wonderful year…

 

And if we’re truly lucky, 

our wonderful moments will outweigh any sorrowful moments of strife

and one great year will turn into another

 

and we’ll end up with a wonderful life.


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MY EYES

 

I’ve been blessed with much good fortune in my life

many gifts of which I prize,

but one thing that I have never had

is a healthy pair of eyes…

 

Oh, I see fine with glasses…with corrected vision as it were,

but once I take them off..my worlds a mass of clouds and blur…

 

The other day, at Siding Rock I needed my grandchildren as my guide

when I had to take my glasses off if I was going to slide.

 

So up and down that rock we went…and I enjoyed the blur

even when they got too far ahead of me and I couldn’t tell who they were.

 

The extent of my misfortune comes to light…in this photo my daughter took

as I stood there with my grandchildren at the side of that fast moving brook.

 

The photo shows us all waving…and my grandchildren seemed to have no objection

as they waved at their mother taking the picture while I waved in another direction.

 

Everyone laughed when they saw the photo…as families are wont to do

and I must admit when it was shown to me…I started laughing too…

 

Even though I didn’t have my glasses on…and I wasn’t sure where their laughter begat…

because to me everyone in the picture was a blur…

and I didn’t know what I was laughing at.

 

But I’ve never minded having bad eyes…having blurred vision whenever I swam…

It makes for some good family humor and it’s just a part of who I am.

 

For you see I’ve been lucky to have many gifts in my life

and when, with so much I have been blessed,

it matters not if one of those gifts

Is a little blurrier than the rest.

 

 

 

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MOMENTS LIKE THESE

Memories are made in moments and nothing can compare

with the moments friends and family make…with moment that we share…

 

We treat these moments thoughtfully…knowing times like these are few.

We plan activities we all enjoy…fun and interesting things to do…

 

We feed bison and watusi….both the old ones and their young.

We happily hold the pellets in our hand while they lick us with their tongues…

 

On this huge rock in a running stream we slide down together…our hands clasped…

knowing the cold water, when we hit the bottom, we’ll surely make us gasp…

 

And we do gasp but as our bodies shiver…we smile at each other…and then…

we walk back up to the top of that rock..and we all slide down again.

 

We take up two tables at a restaurant…for it’s not an easy feat…

finding a place where Deborah and I can eat our vegetables

while the rest of the family eats meat.

 

For you see we are just as happy inside as we are in the great outdoors…

just as happy playing games around the table 

as we are around a campfire making s’mores…

 

And how I love our planned activities…but I’m also a great fan

of those wonderful unscripted moments…the ones we did not plan.

 

Like sharing a quiet moment with my granddaughter…for I also feel blessed…

just sitting on a couch in an old bookstore where we stopped to take a rest

 

Yes…how I love all these moments we share together…

because in life’s endless marathon

I fell lucky to be a part of a moment…any moment with my family and friends

 

before that moment’ s gone…


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WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

Her room was filled with a mixture of her family and friends…

Each one came to be with her…as her life was coming to an end…

 

Each person closed their eyes for a moment…once her soul had been set free.

Each person silently thinking…what this woman meant to me…

 

A scene that plays out every second around the world…when someone loved departs

There was a tear in every eye…but happiness in our hearts.

 

I was gathered with them…and though no-one spoke I was aware

How even in the silence of that room…their thoughts floated in the air…

 

She taught me how to laugh… 

She taught me hot how to cry

She taught me how to walk…

She taught me how to fly

 

She taught me about compassion…

She taught me how to swear…

She taught me about acceptance

She taught me how to share…

 

And my thoughts joined with the others…

She taught me how to live…

She taught me how to love…

She taught me to forgive…

 

And I couldn’t help thinking standing there…knowing she was finally gone…

How she may never be here with us again…but what she taught us all lives on.

 

And how it really does matter how we live our life…

as part of man and womankind…

because the way we live our life each day

 

is what we leave behind.


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BREATHTAKING VIEWS

We live near the ocean and visit the mountains…

both skies…an exquisite shade of blue…

People who look over the water or up at the peaks 

remark on the breathtaking views…

 

It is true…nature provides some breathtaking views 

every moment of every day

but daily life has its own wonderful views…

that can also take your breath away?

 

When you wave to a friend you haven’t seen in a while and they smile back at you

Your partner, children, grandchildren, aunts and uncles…

each one is a breathtaking view.

 

Random acts of kindness, watching lovers steal a glance

listening to a baby giggle, watching anybody dance.

 

When people caress…that perfect kiss, when a mother and her baby meet…

watching people holding hands as they walk along the street.

 

Cookies fresh out of the oven, watching a group of children sing

seeing one person in love accept from another….a simple wedding ring…

 

Puppies rolling over each other, an intimate dinner for two…

knowing the same sky that is over me is also over you…

 

Breathtaking views of the oceans and mountains are wonderful

as they happen every day

but these are not the only moments

that can take your breath away…

 

So look around…. there is so much out there to charm, enchant and woo us…

moments that not only taking our breath away…

 

but breathe life back into us.


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Reality Sets In

In your world of insanity

you think you have tripped

over a pebble

To look down

and see

That your feet

were not even touching

the ground

When you realize

you have fallen

from the ladder.

 

copyright RW Erskine

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MIDDLES

We talk about beginnings and endings in life a lot…

births and deaths…starts and finishes…sunrises and sunsets

For every beginning there is an ending…after every ending…a beginning…

looming in the shadows like silhouettes.

 

And although beginnings and endings are important 

wherever we go and in whatever we choose to do

we spend most of our life in middles…

living between the two.

 

The next time you think about a beginning…or an ending

take a moment and close your eyes…

to remember all that happened in between…

in the middle…where happiness lies…

 

Yes, beginnings are certainly important…

as are the times we bid adieu…

But it is in the middles of our life…

where our present meets our past…

 

where most of our dreams come true.


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UNREHEARSED MOMENTS

The young man noticed the older couple walking toward him at a slow and labored pace

The older man clinging to the older woman…his arm around her waist.

 

They stopped along the water’s edge…he gave her an embrace.

Then he stepped back, said “Smile”…as he put the camera to his face.

 

The young man walked to them instinctively…knowing what he should do

“Would you like me to take your picture?” he asked, “a picture of the two of you?

 

He took their picture, then another…and suddenly…on a whim

The old man grabbed the camera…said “Smile” then took a picture of him.

 

They chatted together for a while even filled a few more camera frames… 

by the time they were ready to part they knew each others names.

 

He hugged them goodbye and wished the couple well

feeling lucky they had brightened his day.

But he felt the old man touch his shoulder as he slowly walked away.

 

“I just want to thank you”, the old man said, “for taking our picture.”

“For the few moments that you stayed…

For your smile…for your kindness…

for the memories you made.”

 

He said he and his wife had traveled the world together

He spoke of the memories they’d amassed

But, he said, his wife was dying and this trip would be their last.

 

He said they have found that some of the greatest moments in life 

are the ones that are unrehearsed

and he thanked him again for making one of their last memories

as beautiful as their first.

 

The young man walked back and gave the wife a hug

He could feel her fragility as she whispered thank you in his ear…

He left them sitting, looking over the water, 

without looking back…

 

He didn’t want them to see his tears.


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