Goodale 2016 34 – Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina, November 7, 2016
Everything happens for a reason:
Because something else happened,
or failed to happen.
There is no starting point
and no end point.
There is only one thing leading to another
for as far as the eye can see.
We all are where we are
because of how we responded
to the people, places and things
that nudged us off our track
and onto another
all along the way.
The trick is that the entire web
of influence and impact–
turns on how we respond to it.
How we deal with what happens
effects what happens next.
Everything is related to everything else.
We do not live in a vacuum–
and cannot live as though we do.
Everything we do matters
in terms of the waves of influence
the furrows of karma it plows–
for our personal future
and the future of all things.
Every moment is a swing moment.
Every now is the fulcrum shifting
all those that follow.
The present is the turning point
for the rest of time.
Nothing is isolated and/or irrelevant.
Everything is a player
in the field of time and action.
We all have a place
and carry weight.
It only takes realization
to know that it is so.
Then, all that remains,
is living as though it is so–
by being mindfully
aware of what is happening
and what needs to happen
regardless of what we want to happen,
putting ourselves in accord
with the just-so-ness–
with the way-it-is-ness–
of the way things are,
and doing what seems best to us
in light of the true good of the whole.