Today is the day I open the clean unused pages of my new daytimer and enter in all the important dates for the upcoming 12 months. You probably do it (or have done it already!) too - reminders of important things like birthdays, and more mundane things like oil changes and monthly meetings. There’s something about all those fresh blank squares that’s inspiring, even a little exciting –beginning a new year really is turning over a new leaf; it really can wipe the old slate clean. I have some personal changes I want to make, things I want to start doing differently, and there’s some old things I want to treasure and preserve, too. This is a day for sorting out what to keep and what to toss. My deepest wish is that the whole world might feel that way today, too.
This is a video of Nanci Griffith singing Julie Gold's classic song of peace, "From A Distance." I choose this performance because it's from 1988 - now past twenty years ago - and here we are, still singing for peace, still yearning for peace, still needing peace, just as much, and possibly even more, as we did back then. I'm tempted to write in my daytimer at the beginning of each month "be the peace you want to see in the world."
Video by YT member Motelmatches Photo of a new beginning in my yard, spring 2008
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.