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The art of knowing

 

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“The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore”

-Rumi

 

Life is full of beauty

But there is also ugliness

Life is full of kindness

But there is also enmity

Life is full of joy

But there is also anger

 

What we focus on

Becomes our reality

What we ignore

Has no power over us

 

I choose to focus on love

And ignore hatred

I choose to fill my mind and heart

With beautiful sentiments

 

April 10th, 2019

Sent from my iPad

Where no one has gone before

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Why do we want to got to Mars?

Aren’t there enough interesting places on Earth?

Have we explored everywhere?

 

Yes, we’ve been to the top of the tallest mountains

We’ve been to the depths of the oceans

We’ve been to the Arctic and deserts vast

Why are we not content with that?

 

We have this need to explore the unknown

We have the desire to push the limits further

We like to do what has not done before

This is what separates us from animals

Who are content with the status quo

 

So, we’ll make it to Mars one day 

Like we have made it to the moon

This challenge will be met too

With creativity, the advancement of technology

And experiences of the past

This goal with be met one day, I’m sure

A new year begins

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Another year comes to a close

And what have I learned?

What’s my take away?

 

Be kind

Bring joy to people and

Develop your talents and virtues  

 

There is nothing new in these thoughts

They are age old ideas 

That still make sense

 

They are simple 

They are profound 

They resonate with me

 

May the coming year bring you joy

And you bring joy to others

Be kind

And the world will be a better place 

 

March 18th, 2019

Bonds that bind

 

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Another connection 

Another bond of friendship 

The fruit of us being together

So many years ago

In the beautiful city of Shiraz

Shiraz, from where some of us scattered

Around the world

Each going on a journey of self discovery

And now we come together

Having experienced life 

With its ups and downs 

Its joys and sorrows

We come together 

With increased understanding

And renew and strengthen 

These bonds 

That were formed so many years ago

 

March 17th

With Farideh and Payam

Free solo

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To climb an impossible climb

To go where no one has gone before

To look fear in the face and not flinch

To be as determined as can be

 

We all climb different mountains in our lives

Some are small, some are big

Can’t beat the feeling when you get to the top

But getting there ain’t easy

 

An iron will

Support of friends and

Sticktoitiveness 

All necessary 

 

The more challenging the climb

The richer the reward 

And the more interesting the story

 

March 12th, 2019

Water falls

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Water falls falls falls

Words that flow flow flow 

Where they go go go

No one knows 

 

Water falls falls falls 

Thoughts aglow glow glow

Face that shines shines shines

Beauty bright 

 

Water falls falls falls

Hands that write write write

Words on fire fire fire 

Feelings show 

 

Water falls falls falls

Days go on on on

When we love love love 

Then we grow 

 

March 10th, 2019

Heartache

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I’m saddened and in pain

Heartache is visiting me again

 

She wants to stay for a while

But I’d rather that she’d not 

 

She came unannounced and

Took space in my heart

There is not enough breathing room for me

Discomfort is what I feel now

 

But a guest has arrived 

And I need to be polite 

I’ll have to accept the discomfort for now

She will leave in due time

 

13 January 2019