Saturday, June 09, 2012

One Single Impression: Wanting




From June 9, 2012
Stop 
Carrying your heart
Like an empty bowl.

Stop 
Doubting your heart.
Love what you love.

Go 
To that unchartered place.
Love without permission.

Go.
Feast on flowers.

I have taken this week's prompt of wanting in a contrary way--as in, stop wanting.  It seems to me in so many ways we make a virtue of going without what we want.  That makes sense in the context of saving up for what we want, earning what we want, being ready for what we want.  Quiet desperation for its own sake is not a virtue, though; it is a cop-out.  

So often people go without what they want for the sake of others.  So often people like to think they are denying themselves for the sake of others--as in, if what will make me happy will make you unhappy, I won't do it.  This is cowardice:  people deny themselves because they are comfortable where they are; they are unwilling to step into a discomfort zone, if there is such a thing.

Our Declaration of Independence refers to our right to pursue  happiness.  We didn't start a war over a cute little notion but over a radical idea.  To live a life worthy of that struggle is to genuinely pursue happiness.  What can be more exciting than to go there, to exercise our birthright? 
 
One Single Impression

14 comments:

Pietro said...

Very fine poem, Sandy. The concept is so right, I agree.

Geraldine said...

I agree, you nailed it Sandy!

Beautiful poem and photo.

Happy Sunday, G

anthonynorth said...

A great message.

Harshad mehta said...

Very inspiring.

Pranita said...

It's nice to hear positive words, always! And ur haiku speaks out to me! Thank you... :)

Old pages invite prying

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Ramesh Sood said...

Absolute delight Sandy..Thank You!!

Karen said...

Terrific Sandy, I LOVE the first stanza!

Zuzana said...

Oh, I think you must be contemplating a change or some sort of action as this lovely piece ties very nicely to your other post of last week, the one that I liked so much.;) I can not agree with you more, the only way we can make anyone else happy is if we are happy.;)) So yes, the pursuit of happiness is all about hope and courage.;)) And is our prerogative;)
xoxo

Sandra said...

inspiring beautiful words and photo!!

The Write Girl said...

This is so inspiring and so true Sandy. Beautiful and amazing words.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Well said