Our experiences – especially failures, failings and failed attempts at anything, our turn-downs, our rejections, our roads blocked … teaching us, not so much showing us right ways as they prove that-version didn’t work this time.
Humility, restraint, redirection – they stymy, stifle – or they inspire us to try again.
Approaching problems from different directions, differentiated approach – or just flip a coin, choose option B.
Or invent option C.
Or wait and see?
Understanding, clarity, better ways – show up without warning, not responsive to wish, command or reprimand. When understand arrives – welcome it, as you might an old friend coming to visit, or a new one for the first time.
Sleeping on it brought morning light, not enlightenment.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 12C/54F, steady breeze, plenty of clouds being pushed away by gorgeous blue sky, as if to eliminate predicted thunderstorm risk – Gusta not pleased I’m moving slow, time to ice-that-toe ...
Mark, fantastic writing this morning. My father passed as you described. His birthday June 19. I was there alone with him to the last breath. It was so labored and then not and with his last knowing he had peace. In that split second lifetime of a moment regressing to a five year old holding onto his Dad inside screaming no, no, no! I still talk to him, crazy coincidences occur. Any way you slice it I still miss him. As do you. Thanks again. Kindest Regards, SP, Calgary, AB
Happy Birthday to your dad Mark. Living or passed our dad's are special. Mine too is now gone, 7 years this October. I miss him dearly. My mom has joined him this year & her birthday was last Monday, July 13. Wish I could pick up the phone & hear their voices again. Memories & pictures keep us connected to once which was, MC, Bottrel, AB
Touching, heart-breakingly honest and thoughtful as always. Thank you, EO, Vaughan, ON