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  • Coming from the wrong direction,
    expectation darkens every door,
    brings a load of nonsense ideas
    to muck up every clean slate.
    flowing outward from within
    insists life conform
    to its whims, its propensities, its demands.
    Ever changing, never satisfied,
    always persistent.

    In our ignorance, in our insanity,
    we are blinded by desire,
    tenaciously freewheeling.
    Closed off in our own little worlds,
    separate and cowering in the shadows of lack,
    we forget the universal direction
    in which expectation most naturally flows.

    It is not what you expect of life
    but what does Life expect of you?

    And that, as it turns out, is so elegantly simple:
    Show up.
    See what is in front of you.
    Do what needs to be done.
    Anything else is needless embellishment,
    cut from the cloth of ego’s heavy cloak.

    It is so little really, to show up,
    to see what is in front of your very own eyes,
    to give whatever you know how to give,
    to do whatever you know how to do.
    This morning a load of laundry,
    in the afternoon tea for a friend,
    this evening, perhaps, a busload of sorrows
    will park in your driveway
    or a basket of joy will be delivered.
    Whatever it is
    it is all the same:
    Life, hoping you will notice her,
    rushing to meet you with outstretched arms.

    artwork is "Golden Moon" by artist Gwyn Michael
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