Blue Feathers Falling at my Feet

Prompt on Gratitude

Blue Feathers Falling at my Feet

Eternal gratitude for the messengers all around

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Oh, the blue feather
Fallen at my feet
Must be a sign
Of something
Communicating from another realm
Hawk screeches
Flying overhead

What does it mean?

Affixed on the story
Meaning of sorts
Dwelling never knowing
Winds gentle whispers
Clouds blanketing sun
Mother calls
Step gingerly in her presence
Spinning in thought
Sitting quietly…amused
Bursting into laughter
Tears welling
Painting the skies
Burning desires
Given birth
Oh, the blue feather
Fallen at my feet
Awakened my Spirit
Eternal gratitude It Is.

~Ani Po

Much gratitude for Sahil Patel, for this prompt and Lifeline for housing the words.

Open to witnessing the many gifts we have personally received, or the gifts presented to us in the Canvas of life, we find acceptance in all the torment and chaos of our days, reminding us to remain in gratitude for all things leading to this point in time.

Whatever the circumstances in our lives, we have come to know this timeline as another fork in the road, maybe, or a life-changing decision to let everything go from our past.

I am reminded of this lesson through a small token from a blue jay and the magnificent words of another. Elyse Wright discusses our letting go in a timely fashion, whether it is a lesson of actually letting go or revisiting an idea of further understanding needed. Sure to trigger the thoughts.

When encountering misfortune or ill-intent of another, we choose to remain in sadness, burying our heads in the sand, as A. N. Tipton discusses in I wonder, or Bouncing Back in Jason Edmunds piece Bouncing Along. We have choices.

Choosing gratitude for the steps taken thus far, steps not taken, merely having gratitude for all that life has presented us.

Much gratitude for those who take time to read, ponder, and allow the inner workings of self to come forward. Grateful for the feedback, love shared, and, more importantly, the Dance with Inspiration. Deep Peace.

Joseph Lieungh

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Pilgrim Seeks the Personification of Another

Pilgrim Seeks the Personification of Another

Warrior remaining true to self

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What if today was your last day on this planet? What would you do differently? Who would you call? It is a sad truth that humans are conditioned in thinking that they must work, work, work — forgetting what matters to them most — happiness. Conditioned to think we must ‘sacrifice’ thoughts or beliefs to fit in with the ‘in-crowd.’ Even further, to ‘sacrifice’ happiness at the cost of living the American Dream.

If today was your last day, would you go to work? Would you work twelve hours? Or, would you call in sick to enjoy the remaining hours with those closest to you?

Another sad truth: humans wait until some catastrophe happens to make necessary changes in their lives. Even sadder: some are hit with a two-by-four — still unable to wake up. They are the living dead.

While ninety-five percent of the population subscribes to the majority, the remaining five percent will break these chains of bondage. These freedom fighters are the true Warriors of Happiness. Sadly, these same Warriors who step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary are considered crazy.

 Where do you want to be? Do you align with the ninety-five percent or the other five? Do you want to be ordinary or extraordinary?

Name one famous conformist….tick, tock…times up. Bet you cannot name one. Paralleled, in the below clip, young Sheldon is challenged to find a famous Baptist Scientist but can only find one from the early 1500’s.

A friend once called with concern in her voice, asking for advice. When she explained the dilemma, I merely told her she already knew the answer. When she still hesitated to answer, I posed the same question as above, “Can you name one famous conformist?” She could not name one! My next question was, “Can you name one non-conformist?” Her reply, “I can name a thousand.” Silence came over the phone…then stating, “thank you…I know what I must do.”

We all know the answers haunting us throughout our day but believe in not thinking out of the box. An example of this comes from our friend Ani Po…

Ani Po is a pen name, a muse, or name for all we can be, declaring I am here. Early in my writing I would write about pilgrim versus warrior mentality. While pilgrim can take on varying meanings, I chose to use it for the aimless wanderings of self. While the warrior, chooses with conviction, the path before her.

Witnessing a real-life oxymoron, Ani Po could not help but laugh aloud. She was working in a financial office, and the boss called all staff members into a strategic planning meeting. The boss and two other subordinates gave a pep talk about increasing revenue and turn-around times while opening the floor to all staff members suggestions. They encouraged all staff to think “outside of the box.” The irony was when they dismissed them into their little cubicles.

In this case, the boss told Ani Po to think out of the box while sending her back into her box (cubicle). This is very reflective of our society. We are told to do one thing but expected to do another. Why is this? It is because of our conditioning into bondage. Today is the day to be free…Step out of the box!

While the pilgrim subscribes to the majority of thinking, worrying about personal reputation and what everyone else is thinking, the Warrior subscribes only to that of self. “Self-inflicted fun” is all she has in mind. Her day is not spent worrying about “deadlines.” Instead, she is concerned with her ‘dead’ line. She knows that she will not be here one day, making the most of every day.

Stepping into the Canvas and out of the box, allowing the creative juices to flow. Spewing creative colors throughout the Canvas of Life, brightening the scenery with vibrant colors. From darkened Canvas to Canvas of Light, we are left living our lives to the fullest. Be authentic…dare to Step out of the box.

Will you do this now or later? The choice is yours…

Thank you Marcus aka Gregory Maidman for sharing another synchronicity in your prompt, inviting us to dive into the world of young Sheldon. The take away for me, as was young Sheldon’s, do not try to be anyone else but yourself.

Please give this prompt some love and watch the clip of young Sheldon. What comes to you?

Much gratitude to Ravyne Hawke, Christine Graves, Rose Malana, Marcus aka Gregory Maidman and the whole Promptly Written family for sharing these words and complementing thoughts.

Much gratitude for those who take time to read, ponder, and allow the inner workings of self to come forward. Grateful for the feedback, love shared, and, more importantly, the Dance with Inspiration. Deep Peace.

Joseph Lieungh

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