Respecting the awesome power of words!

Pass

pass

The breadth and terrain
of the mountain pass
between the lush valley
of our expectations
and the harsh plains
of reality are primarily determined
by our perception of life;

not so much
by what happens to us,
as by how we perceive
and prepare for what is
in front of us on a daily basis.

Life itself is propelled
by change. The question
is not “Will we change, and
will the world change?”
but “How and why
will we change, and how
and why will our changing
change the world?”

A common human tendency
is to try to change the world
in ways that don’t require
us to change;

to squeeze the universe,
and all the people around us,
into the box of our own
comfortable perception
of how things ought to be.

This is the pass
of greatest harm
and least effectiveness.

There is only one person
you can change:
the one staring at you
in the mirror when you are
all by your lonesome.

Here’s the hidden-in-plain-sight
secret of the universe:
When you consent
to a divine changing
of yourself in ways that make
the world around you
a more giving and forgiving place,
you are joining in
the sacred response of grace.

This is how the valley
of expectation opens
into a plain of hopeful reality,
shaping the pass into
a broad and level road to hope.

© 2016 Todd Jenkins

 

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2 responses

  1. And they just keep coming … beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    September 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

  2. Again. A whole sermon here.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

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