The Firefly

The Firefly

Ever wonder what the firefly feels
Lighting up the night sky?
Then captured in a jar of glass
Limited flight and beauty lost.
The night sky is there beyond
The invisible boundary
But not obtainable
Until someone sets you free.

 

Lightning bugs in a jar-soft focus diffusion through glass, enhanced with photoshop

Lightning bugs in a jar-soft focus diffusion through glass, enhanced with photoshop

Being a Misfit

This TED talk came up on my podcast list today.  It’s about being a misfit: where in some ways, some people just don’t fit in.  

The speaker relates her story of being broken by circumstances and not feeling like part of society- being a misfit and how that impacted her life.   The last few minutes are powerful.  We are beautiful even in our brokenness and failures.  We can rebuild our lives as many times as needed.  

It really is something that I needed to hear again.

Being a Misfit

When the World is Breaking Down

Afterlife: Ingrid Michelson

This song means to me life after trauma, fear,hopelessness.

When the world is breaking down around you

Taking everything that you know

What you didn’t know

Is that we can go forever if we want to

We can live inside of a moment

The one that we own

You and me we got this
You and me we’re beautiful, beautiful

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

Living like you’re dying isn’t living at all
Give me your cold hands put them on my heart

Raise a glass to everyone who thinks

They’ll never make it through this life

To live a brand-new start

You and me we got this
You and me we’re beautiful, beautiful

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

Every time I close my eyes I hear your favorite song
Telling me not to run, not to worry anymore

I can hold on tight to nothing better than the rest

So it’s now or never more

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife
Click on link to hear the song.

Afterlife

I hopeĀ 

I hope…

One day to run free 

From the chains that wrap my heart

In healing and joy
Life takes strange turns.  I wouldn’t have believed five years ago that my life would be what it is now.  “Improvise, adapt, overcome.” 

Adapt to new circumstances.  Overcome the challenges.  Improvise solutions. This is easier said than done. Life is never what you expect.

Lessons by Pets

Brighid is not a happy cat right now.  But Kaliyah is a satisfied ferret.  One of Brighid’s favorite toys is now in Ferret Stah Number Three.  It still had food in it!  She is now making her displeasure known with rather loud meowing.  Fairly soon I will have to rescue her toy.

1. Lesson one- never underestimate a ferret.  Trouble can come from small things.

Kaliyah loves her dig pit.  She buries herself hunting for her hidden toys.  She leaps out of the box and does the Weasel War Dance then runs up into the play tubes.  She enjoys it more when her human plays “bury ferret.”  Pounce on the hand.  Pounce at the human.  Jump out the pit and jump at the human.  Scratch.  Because a ferret always needs a good scratch.  Hide under the bookcase then charge out and climb in the box again.  Each exit scatters the startch peanuts.  (The dissolvable kind).  She just plays openly an happily; totally in the moment.  She has ferret business such as stealing cat toys and exploring the house.  She needs to know her territory hasn’t changed.  Or maybe there’s something new to explore.


2. Lesson Two- play with abandon.  Don’t let fear of judgement hold you back.  Enjoy simple things.

Brighid hunts her toys and loves to chase and leap.  This is often followed by a meal,  if it’s feeding time, or a nap.  Or both.  There is nothing like a good nap in the sunshine.

3. Lesson three- play, eat, and sleep


There is nothing like jumping up on the human, shoving her wet nose in the human’s face, and purring like crazy.  The best is managing to leave fur on the human’s face. Bonus points if it goes into her eyes or face.  Then, settle in for a good cuddle and pet before sleep.

4. Lesson four- if you love someone, tell them.  

A ferret in a hammock is adorable.  She sleeps deeply, snoring softly. Then jumping down and scratch vigorisly, eat, drink, poop, and go back to sleep.

5. Lesson five- there is nothing more refreshing than a good nap and scratch. And stay hydrated.


A ferret and cat play together and occasionally nap together.

6. Lesson six- everyone needs “odd” friends.

The most important lesson they teach me is to laugh at simple things.  There is peace in just being.  Just be.  That’s what matters. 

Dandelion and Rose

I have seen this meme several times over the past through months.  At one point, I tried to grow roses with little success so I found it amusing from that perspective.

This is life.  We consider roses things of beauty and weeds, like dandelion, as ugly or intrusive.  We fight a constant war against weeds. It takes more effort to keep things of beauty alive in this world.  It’s much easier for the ugly to win.  

But, there is beauty in dandelions.  They’re tough.  They keep coming back.  They’re actually a food.  Watching the dandelions’ puff fly away is beauty in itself.  Perhaps, we can turn “ugly” into “beauty” by changing perspectives.

To quote the band Whitesnake “Every rose has its thorns.”  Beautiful, yes.  But able to draw blood if held in the wrong way.  There is “ugliness” in a rose.  

We are all a mix of ugly and beautiful.   Of good and evil.  Feed the roses but build the resiliency of the dandelion.