This business of being fully alive
is such an optional thing.
We get to choose numbness or allow space for the pain
And when we give the pain room to say it’s bit
we live out our choosing what to do with it
Love and freedom seem to thrive when we don’t dumb the suffering down
so the hard choice
seems simple enough.
“But life is persistent,
slipping into your consciousness sideways,
catching you with a fleeting moment of color,
the unexpected and comforting smell
of a neighbor’s dinner cooking
as you walk on a winter evening,
the feeling of water running between your fingers as you wash dishes.
There is nothing as seductive as reality.”