Friday, January 8, 2010

Climbing Invisible Mountains


Welcome to Friday

click on the photos!
See the lighthouse?

"Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence."
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi

Japanese visitors are always stylishly dressed.
Americans, Europeans et al merely cover our nakedness
with shorts and t-shirts.

"The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days.
One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape."
Leonard Cohen

Partying Gecko

"Noble deeds and hot baths
are the best cures for depression."
Dodie Smith


A person suffering depression said:

"It's like climbing mountains,
peak after impossible peak,
and never getting anywhere in this life.
It's like climbing invisible mountains."

Immediately I knew what they meant.
For I have spent most of my life
those same lonely peaks.

Drinking in
the Waikiki sun,
and the sheer joy
of not freezing,
I wonder:

Does merely living day to day
in relative peace
constitute success
in a life such as mine
has been?

Socrates taught us that:
"There is nothing stable in human affairs;
therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity,
or undue depression in adversity."

What do YOU think?

"Nobody realizes
that some people expend
tremendous energy
merely to be

ALOHA, Cloudia