by Shiloh Sophia McCloud
What if we woke up today
And the old stories didn’t have their sting?
What if we didn’t resist what there is to do?
And set about our tasks, whether grand or mundane
As if we were serving the world through our tending.
What if we gave ourselves permission to love,
those who previously, we framed with our thoughts
as if we always know how they will be,
What if we treated them differently? Made ourselves.
What if we did a simultaneous cleansing,
a right of forgiveness…
If we took responsibility for what has gone before
and then choose to move forward powerfully
Instead of guiltily.
We know, how guilt does not inspire
but condemns us to hidden silences.
Let us be honest with ourselves
If things have not turned out as we hoped for.
If our dreams feel dashed or doomed.
Just say it.
Are there ties that need cutting?
Are there others that need re-tieing? Mending?
Heal it, Mourn it.
But only for less than a day or two
Then it is time to move forward.
Slowly, surely we move toward hope again.
So - it is foolish to love again, try again, risk again.
But what else is there to do?
We are living in a broken hearted world.
Because some of us are hungry.
Some of us are hurting.
Some damage is too far done.
To admit what is, is not to enforce a negative reality.
We have what we have and words and thoughts
do not change what we have.
But we can change our futures.
We can love beyond reason.
We can choose to move ahead with as much joy as we can find.
Some of us are happy – some of us have enough.
We can rejoice in what we have,
Guilt is not the bedfellow of true joy.
Let us be truly truly thankful for what we have.
And when we are, what we no longer need
Comes into clear view. And we can make changes.
We see how we can give, and serve.
Finding freedom comes from telling ourselves the truth
Finding freedom comes from admitting and releasing.
Finding freedom comes after a lifetime of pain or pleasure.
When we allow ourselves to see what is truly here.
In our lives in the world.
A space is opened up in us when we are no longer
hiding from our conscience, our soul, our heart.
Finding freedom comes after grieving.
Freedom is not free, or easy, or even likely.