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Questions Unanswered November 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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The old house now stood empty
As it had for many a year

Stale corners filled with cobwebs
And clandestine teens drinking beer

I stared at its torn shutters
Hung to keep Mother Nature out

And wondered about its owners
Were they still near, still about?

The wind blew hard against my coat
Hastening me along my way

Questions left hanging, unanswered
Like the shutters I saw that day

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Shades of Gray Proliferate November 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Life is not black or white, good or bad, right or wrong.  Shades of gray proliferate.

At first, the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where to “draw the line in the sand” makes us uneasy.  Our steps grow hesitant . . . until our comfort with uncertainty expands.

We no longer see “easy answers” to complex problems.  We stop making snap judgments.  We understand that decisions about matters of import require soul  searching and introspection.

Look deep . . . the answers lie within.

Rather than engaging in time-consuming analysis on every topic that enters  our consciousness, we become more selective about issues ~ prioritizing them according to their “relevance.”

For example, I don’t need to decide  (right now) where I stand on the issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

No one is asking me to assist them to end their life.

None of my “nearest and dearest” are suffering from a terminal illness with horrific and unrelenting pain.

For now, I am content to live with shades of gray surrounding that issue, while focusing my attention on matters more pertinent to my present day existence.

As we became more comfortable wandering in twilight, we re-cognize the  freedom of not judging (and pre-judging) everything that enters our path:

* We no longer have an opinion on every topic under the sun, moon, and stars.
* We set down our wheelbarrow of pronouncements on the state of the world.
* We listen with “alert curiosity” to opinions expressed by others.
* We ask questions to explore issues and form reasoned value judgments.
* We no longer label and judge others based on a single facet of their lives.
* We know we cannot fully understand X, Y, or Z based on isolated facts.
* We allow “the line in the sand” to shift as our limited perspective expands.

Once we ascertain that much of life is a murky gray, rather than a bright white or an impenetrable black, we no longer feel the need to have “all the answers.”

We see and accept things as they are, encouraging gradual change with small nudges rather than loud pronouncements.

Clarity is restored to view.

Aah . . . that’s better.

Quote:  We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. ~ Anais Nin

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11/11/11 ~ A Dated Palindrome November 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Poetry.
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It’s 11/11/11 . . . let’s have some fun
With this unique numeric palindrome

We’ll create pyramids of gorgeous symmetry
Allowing “11” to demonstrate digital mastery

Like Yin and Yang, “11” produces certain harmony
Joining all other numbers in a cascade of unity

11 = 1 x 9 + 2
111 = 12 x 9 + 3
1111 = 123 x 9 + 4
11111 = 1234 x 9 + 5
111111 = 12345 x 9 + 6
1111111 = 123456 x 9 + 7
11111111 = 1234567 x 9 + 8
111111111 = 12345678 x 9 + 9
1111111111 = 123456789 x 9 +10

“11” has more mystique than a basket of widgets
It can create a palindrome of seventeen digits!

11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

But what would “11/11/11” be without the digit one . . .
An undone palindrome?
Or a palindrome undone?

* * * * *

11/11/11 ~ Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day around the globe.

A date to remember . . . 11 11 11 . . . we are ONE!

United we stand.
Divided we fall.

ONE planet.  ONE people.  ONE future.


Aah . . . that’s better!

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