Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
   what your heart beats loudly for
   what feels heavy and full in your gut.
There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

~ Sheri Hostetler ~

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2 Responses to Instructions

  1. Richard Powers says:

    Wonderful–here’s Emily Dickinson’s terrific version–one of my favorite poems ever–
    “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church–”

    Continued love and exploration, Toots!
    Wie immer,
    Richie Pitchie Poo 🙂

  2. James says:

    Wow! This is really good. Thanks for sharing, dear! Miss you lots and lots!

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