Tuesday, November 3, 2015


"I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes 'til I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway..."
Kelly Clarkson

Angels, butterflies...Possibility.

Wandering through cemeteries tends to put things into perspective for me. It's a reminder that my time here, in this body, as "me" is not going to go on forever. And, as I look at centuries of gravestone dates, I'm reminded that's as it should be. For some reason it's meant to be finite, this life of ours. This here and now, in this skin, in this place, is not going to go on forever.

But walking through these memorials to those now gone,  to the finite, never fails to raise the thought, 
"but I'm here now."

Last week, while wandering, I spotted this little porcelain angel and jeweled butterfly atop a child's grave. I stopped for quite some time to ponder this tender sight. I was filled with sadness for those who lost a precious life too early...filled with gratitude for my own babies who still have, as young adults, so much life. So much possibility. And, perhaps more importantly than all this, that ever present notion of my own possibility - that notion that lives within each of us - came bursting forth from the corner of my mind where it often hides.

Yes, standing in front of this memorial to possibility that was lost too soon, I thought, 
"but mine's still here."

So 'stuck' is not a valid life choice. Not while standing here in front of this child's headstone. Not as long as I have breath. Not as long as life offers me possibility and the wings to fly.

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  1. Beautiful. I love the line, stuck is not an option. Wow. Powerful!!

  2. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to walk through a large cemetary in Rome. It was fantastic. I found it so touching to see how loved those who were burried there were.


  3. Your comments are so thought provoking and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your gifts with your readers.

  4. You need to believe in possibilities.

  5. Beautiful and profound thank you for sharing.

  6. My family always scratches their head when I tell them how much I love walking thru cemetaries. The endless stories and histories of those who surround me just makes my mind and imagination take flight. Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

  7. it's such a powerful song, i love the image!!!

    i must say i am not comfortable in cemeteries!!!!

  8. You are so right; young or old, life is too short to get comfortable with, settle for, or succumb to "stuck".

  9. What a poignant image as well as your thoughts. Very moving.

  10. So 'stuck' is not a valid life choice. Amen. Your post really hit home, and I need to keep the message close. I'm currently reading The Artist's Way... for some reason, I've hit a disheartening block. But I'll continue seeking and (hopefully) moving forward, "as life offers me possibility and the wings to fly"...