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Lightness of Being

That wonderful feeling
That comes out of nowhere
Catches you by surprise
And there you are,
Dancing down a supermarket isle
Singing the song that’s playing
And the trolley’s no trolley, to be filled up with groceries,
Now it’s part of the dance
And for once it doesn’t matter
What people might think.

Or you’re walking to work
And the wind runs up behind you
And there you go, racing each other down the street
Laughing and red-faced,
You step into staff-room,
Grinning, you greet your workmates,
And the day turns out great.

And when it’s raining
Instead of running for cover
You spread your arms wide
And, spinning, you lift your face to the rain.
Though your clothes are all wet
And your hair is a mess
You find yourself grinning again.

This lightness of being shows no discrimination
It doesn’t care who or what,
It comes to us all.
I’ve seen rabbits leaping
Snowflakes swirling, flowers bursting,
Stars dancing through the heavens
Seas running with the tide
Lightness of being, it just happens
It comes out of nowhere,
You cannot hold it
Try, and it melts like a snowflake in your hand.

Sergei’s image Rabbit

a lightness of being, if ever there was one :)

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I write stories. Sometimes I take photos.
The photos of me were taken by Ron Co
The art is by Sergei Rukavishnikov
I’m an Australian, and I thank Muds for that.

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  • shootback
    shootbackabout 1 year ago

    It’s the greatest high on earth!

  • Absolutely :))

    – Alenka Co

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 1 year ago

    I like the cheerfulness, optimism and it feels alright to be like a child again. Everything that comes, make the best of it. I once heard of a friend who was maybe 26 years and was all dressed up one fine day in an suit and an ateche.He was proud of himself fpr suceeded to make it into the business he always want to be.. Well one day going to work he went down the escalator. As he was going down he saw these teenagers on the other side of the elevator that went up but they were going against the elevator as they they tired to go against the oposite direction. People started to frown and he was also. Then he looked down at his new expensive shoes and said what the heck I used to do this also. So he went back to the other stairs going up and he backlwards trying to go down. Of course, people started to look dissaprovengly and just for the fun of it he went back up again and sat at the the hand bars,and started to roll down. He said that it was so much fun letting go to be a child again that it was alright going to work with dirty stained shoes, but was so happy he didn’lt care.
    I am a little tired, burt decided to give this one a llttle work.

  • What a great story, Iris ….. I love it, what that man did :) Brilliant! I always tell the housework as it looks accusingly at me that there’ll be housework long after I’m gone and I really, really don’t want to be lying on my death-bed, thinking the best thing I did with my life was being fussy with things that we don’t need to be fussed about.

    Thank you for sharing this story, Iris ….. big grin on my face, here :))

    – Alenka Co

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsabout 1 year ago

    So uplifting and fitting to Sergei’s image. xx

  • Thank you, Jane. When I saw Sergei’s image, I though, yes, that’s how it feels :)

    – Alenka Co

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