We yearn to be made new,
to rise from bed each morning
a New Man or New Woman, all that we are called to be,
meeting each new challenge and each new joy
with full engagement of heart and mind and soul.
But, of course, we carry around with us each day
all that we have ever been before;
we bring along with us all the hidden crystals
of that whom we have already been:
the countless risings and fallings,
the errors, short-sightedness, stuckness, unkindness
that we have faced too many days.
So very often, it takes a leap of faith
for any of us to change, let alone societies.
And it takes actually changing, too
(and that is never easy work).
It means finding the courage and the faith
and the will
to do things differently,
to act as though this is the first day in a new era of time
(for it will never be if we don't act that way).
Our hearts may grows weary at the thought;
our minds grow full of fear.
But to return to the cold and static way it was before
would be spiritual suicide, indeed;
and the only real prison cell
is that which fear creates.
11/1/98 - 11/28/99 - 10/14/07