Life is an exquisite puzzle whose pieces do not fit
each and every time that we seek to conquer it.
Its pieces are not shaped ahead. We form them as we go.
No solutions irrefutable. We grow them as we grow.
Caprice may may make life difficult—impossible to match
the present situation to pieces in the batch
cut out when life was scheduled, predictable and set
to lead in a direction where we will never get.
Life is wild and errant. It goes not where we lead.
We think that it’s the flower, but sometimes it’s just seed
that’s sewn in rocky soil that does not heed its growth.
Good fortune and adversity? We need to fit them both
into the picture of our lives. Each has its unique power
to turn what looks impossible into a thriving flower.

My guiding words today were caprice, irrefutable, errant, exquisite and puzzle.

25 thoughts on “Puzzled

  1. Glenda Roman

    O, the power in a word. I am especially glad to see your daily “prompt” words called “guide” words, which you fit into poetic messages that I find, always, to be either heart or mind expanding, and which, on my best days, do influence me, your lucky reader. Thank you!

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            1. lifelessons Post author

              most embarrassing thing was that I was entering a restaurant and went sprawling when my toe caught on the lip of the step…I landed face down in full view of kitchen, guests and waiters. All came running. Grace.

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  2. slmret

    I’m sure the poem came first — but it’s perfect in light of your fall! Take care of yourself — you’re probably still just a little off from the travels, and a fall like that can set you back for a few days too. Hugs, and a virtual chocolate kiss!


  3. lifelessons Post author

    Interesting how our words come back to us. Thank you for reminding me of what I was perfectly sure this morning! We just have to keep reminding each other. I took an Ibuprofin and put peyote/arnica gell on about half of my body and it and ice have helped a bit. Had to go down and turn off the water to the pool and empty water out of the birdbath as it occurred to me it must be breeding mosquitos. It was. I made it down and back and am feeling no pain if I sit still.

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    1. slmret

      Glad you’re feeling a bit better, but do expect to be sore for a few days — take care 🙂 ! You do have the advantage of ‘cures’ that are unusual for here — I’ve not heard of peyote/arnica gel before, although one of my doctors recommended arnica montana for seelling after a minor surgery.

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