Acceptance

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation.  It means understanding that something is what it is and that there has to be a way through it.” Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is an inspiration to me and to many and I am so happy to see the thought he added to the phrase: “…it is what it is,” –THAT  “there has to be a way through it.”

That phrase, “it is what it is,” has irritated me since about 2010, when it seemed to permeate many conversations that I was either having or topics that were being discussed by others. It seemed so definite and defining and I guess I am the type of person that cannot readily accept things as permanent or without possibility.  I would say I am not one to follow the “status quo.”  It doesn’t mean that I cannot accept some things, such as the manner in which the sun rises or set. It does mean that when something seems to be an irritation or an injustice, it bugs the hell out of me that I can not do something to improve it or that we cannot at least discuss possibilities. I do not think that makes me a “negative person” because I get so upset with that idea of “it is what it is.” One reason I get upset is that when someone says that to me it expresses a finality and that I “should just get over it and move on.”  Ignoring an injustice is not something I can do easily.  If anything, I am hopeful that things can be better!

“There has to be a way through it” expresses to me that there are countless possibilities. No matter how bad a situation, no matter how difficult the experience, there is a way out or forward. If one approach does not work, we can try another. Not giving up on possibilities is being hopeful and optimistic. Not giving up on others, no matter how many times they have done every possible thing to drive you down into the valley, there is always the hill that can be climbed to new heights.

Lately, our country is experiencing many soul-stretching boundaries. We have to look at our beliefs and what we actually live and breathe. With every spurt of growth there is a little pain. We have to keep on hoping in ourselves, in one another, and in the common good of humanity. I know I fail at this many times. but each day I wake up and have to try again and not give up or say “it is what it is.”  No, I must add, “there is a way through it” and continue with HOPEFUL ACTION.

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“Your Bright Eyes” by Nadia Krenn

Written by my Granddaughter, Nadia, when she was 4 years young! (January 12, 2014 at 17:39:32)

I love this photo of her! The love glows in her face…such a beautiful, free soul…such a whimsical gaze!

With your eyes so bright on me

You will be my Sweetie

We will swing on a star

And you will be my car

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i look upon your face

for Lily Elizabeth Brooks

My New Granddaughter
5 Months into this world!

 

“Mrs. Cardinal”
Winter, 2018
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i look upon your face

your gentleness does not escape

warmth and kindness in your grin

lovely, lovely welcoming in

 

your eyes follow my every move

my love for you I will prove

soaking in the tone of my voice

love from me is the only choice

 

the touch of your tiny finger to my hand

sends a message deep for all I stand

Lily, you are gift beyond measure

In my heart you will always be my treasure

 

 

 

 

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“Bird Alley” #1
Bellingham, WA
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“Bird Alley” #2
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“Bird Alley” #3
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Horsehoe Cafe
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“Welcome Turkey”
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“Cabin Tavern”
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A Brand New Bridge

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Walkway along Whatcom Creek.
Bellingham, WA

 

We woke up today to a brand new bridge

Offering our hands to help them make the leap

Days and days on the road with no sleep

We knew they had walked through  too much grief

          

The elderly man held his wife’s wrinkled hand

Their grandchildren clung to them as they sat in the sand            

The young married couple looking for hope

Their son and daughter with an adventurous scope

They hadn’t eaten for several days, no water passed to their parched lips

Their thirst for freedom was their drink and their trust in God their sailing ship

 

Their grateful eyes filled with tears

Man of La Mancha dispelled their fears

We finally were at peace with ourselves

We stopped the war placing it on the shelves

We no longer had a hollow heart

Living humanely initiated the start

We sat on the hillside and by the beach

We laughed and smiled and made the reach

We were proud to say there is enough for all

We leapt for joy and tore down that silly old wall

 

We woke up today to a brand new bridge!

Picket Bridge 1886-2019 Bellingham, Washington

 

old Picket Bridge, built sturdy and strong

many moons ago is the history’s song

with Whatcom Creek rushing below

the soldiers marched to and fro

 

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“Whatcom Creek” with Pickett Bridge build in 1865 offering a path above the water.

 

different feet from various walks of life

trod upon it day and night

the years flew by as did the time

still the bridge stood ever so sublime

 

today its purpose is doublefold

the only home for the humble-souled

the pavement is laid and so are the planks

people  using it without asking their rank

 

sheltering the homeless safely underneath

in the cold they sleep with shattering teeth

progress they say has come our way

yet so many are left with no place to stay

 

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“Shelter for the Homeless”