While working on this poem and thinking about "all the things that said no" (e.g. rejections and re-directions), my heart began to lighten.
It is common to take things personally and to feel depreciated and unworthy; it is an inherent part of our shared human journey, after all! However, if we step outside of the drama and can begin to see the circumstances of our lives from 10,000 feet up in the air (what my friend Crystal calls the "hot air balloon of awareness"), we can see the glorious perfection and harmony-- and why things unfold exactly as they do.
All the things that said no
Meandering like a round river, circulating, hiking, leading, centering,
the gardens of my dreams,
which I began to build, long ago, I gently inventory all the things that said no;
all the things that directed my soul.
and released for their own blessing,
simpler gardens I dreamed.
My daughters were with me, seeds and watering cans in hand, they planted and watered with me— farmers of life, we were and still are, intimately knowing the rhythm of things and the storms that yank or test our deepest roots.
The gift of all the things that said no, is one beyond earthly price or measure,
gratefully beholding the wealth of our harvest, we say yes to ourselves.
©2019 Mayra Porrata, Until it happens to you
Soul Publishing Group