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Wishing the future

Like a paradise we lost

Let life lead us there

Deep forest waterfall

Many people will not agree with this. Life is struggle, life is disappointment, we don’t always get what we want. We have to be realistic.

But maybe instead we have to dream more. Maybe we have to have more faith that anything is possible. Maybe we have to imagine we are already there.

What or who has given us life can also give us what we wish for, and if life doesn’t lead us there, what will?  We have to do what we can. We have to do our part.  We have to believe that wishes can come true. Like horses…they can take you there.*

*  “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” is an English language proverb and nursery rhyme, originating in the 16th century, which suggests if wishing could make things happen, then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted. (From Wikipedia)

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Bright stars of the night

Navigators through the dark

Like Angels’ voices

Do you believe in angels? Or do you believe in guiding spirits? Or guided thoughts?

I do believe if we look for guidance we’ll find it. How does this come to us? The right thoughts at the right time, the right ideas and inspiration. How shall I call it? After all, words are only the way we try to capture reality. What we feel, what we think, what we experience.

Maybe our own heart can guide us, if we are sincere and honest and want to do what’s best. And how does our heart know?

As you see, we give it a word and think we know something, when all we do is clothe reality with a pretty little dress. The reality is awesome though and we know very little.  It can be breath-taking, it can get scary.

We better look for guidance whatever we may call it.

And be thankful for the stars.


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Ever-changing moon

Reflecting light and  shadows

Faithful companion


In literature the moon is often described as a companion, either directly or metaphorically. The moon reflects the light of the sun, but it also reflects the Earth’s shadow.

And I believe a good companion, a true friend, also reflects our light and our shadows, the times we act in love and the times when we miss what we could do. Still, like the moon, a real companion says little, but is there with us in good times and sad times, sharing our joy, and comforting us in pain.

Faithful companion.



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Youngster and dog walking

Wander way mountains


Millions of moments pass time


Remember your home


Our life is like a journey, but no matter how far we travel or how long, we all like to have something we call home. Some say this world is not our home, which might well be true on a grander scale. Still, probably most of us would like to have something of a home while we are in this world. Somewhere where we feel we belong.

Home may be a place

– or it may be a group of people we identify with

– or it may be just one person, someone we feel at home with

Find it, if you haven’t – know where you belong – remember your home



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Plants and Animals


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This is actually a misleading title. Because plants and animals are nature. It’s all we have, everything else are extras we could do without. Then again, this is about nature after all-the nature of people, or the attitude of some people.


When I was young I had some cacti. Cacti have these sharp spines to protect their soft inside from being eaten. It’s pretty effective in most cases. They also often live in very dry places. I was a bit like a cactus as well-not very sociable, but quite soft underneath.


Then there are mimosas. They are quite regular plants, they even have pretty little flowers, but the moment you touch them they close up. Nothing to get here, move on, goodbye, that’s it. Hmm.

Venus fly trap

More seriously I have to warn you about the Venus fly traps. They lay themselves wide open, even display a certain kind of sticky sweetness. Hi, so good to see you, I’m ready for you. But once you get on their trail they close in on you and suck you dry, take all you’ve got. And then they spit you out.

Okay, okay, people aren’t flies, but in one clip I saw one of these plants devour a frog! Avoid the flytraps, being sweet doesn’t necessarily show someone’s true character.


Let’s move on to the animal kingdom. One dangerous species is the octopus and its bigger relative the kraken. They grab you wrapping their arms around like it’s the eternal love. But they have suction cups on their tentacles and you will have a hard time to get away if you ever want to. Or you become unable to breathe. And since they have eight arms they might hold a few others with some of those arms as well.

Of course, people aren’t plants or animals, although I’m sure you can find some more parallels with other earthly life forms. Some humans are way above earthly life forms, though. My sweetheart, for example, is an absolute angel.

And me? I guess I’m a sunflower. All day I turn my face to the sun like a sunflower. Sunflowers actually look like a picture of the sun and they produce very useful seeds. They look like they are happy as well. (I feel like a Haiku coming:)

Sunflower fireld


Face the light all day

You can brighten up the world

Light is even more

Beautiful in its reflection

Well, it’s not a haiku, it has an extra line. I call it Haiku plus. The Haiku Purity Committee Watch will probably ostracize me and ban me from their club.

sunflower with sunglasses

So what!? I’ll just keep facing the sun and still be happy.







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Be truly human

Respect the one before you

And see with your heart


Can you really love everyone? You must be a saint or God himself.

So what can we do? We can give everyone respect. For what they are, not what they’ve done. Some people have done terrible things.

Maybe you could have done terrible things.

Be thankful you didn’t. Be human. Have compassion.

And see with your heart…For most of us it takes time to learn that. We see with our eyes, we see with our minds. Our minds judge. Right or wrong, we like them or we despise them. We love, we hate, or we are indifferent.

Only when we learn to see with our hearts we understand.



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Bird of Happiness


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Well, we stay with birds, but besides the title and the picture this haiku isn’t really about birds. ‘Bird of happiness’ here is a hidden metaphor.

I don’t even know if such a bird exists, nor can I say for sure, if the bird in the picture is happy or not. It probably is, if it can find enough food and can avoid all predators.


Bird of happiness

Fly across the world so wide

Return for the night


The bird of happiness in this case is our soul in a happy state. During the day we should let it go, share our happiness, spirit, joy, and whatever else we can offer with the world. Or wherever and with whoever we can. (And we assume that our life is set out to be more than just a job to make money and spend the rest of the day finding ways to spend it.)

At night birds return to rest, find solace, regain their strength. And so should we. Then the next day we can ‘fly’ again.




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Birds 3


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Isn’t it amazing that there are birds? How else would we raise our heads towards the sky? How else would we know that there is more than the same old path? How else would we dream of flying away into new worlds?

How else would we hope that one day, too, our soul will be free from Earth and find a new horizon?

Birds comfort me with their melodies. Birds touch my heart, so small, so light, so seemingly insignificant, but they love life and they are full of life themselves. Birds inspire me when they soar into the sky.

I love birds.


Birds outside my window

Telling me to rise above

Promise of the sky



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Birds 2


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More on birds. Just one of those everyday occurrences, which mostly go unnoticed. But life is in the trivial as much as in the great moments. In fact, every moment can become great if we give it our attention.


Raindrops dripping down

Gather in a little pool

Birds enjoy a bath


(At least this one did.)


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I like birds, at least the songbirds and other little creatures like sparrows. There are also other birds, like birds of prey and vultures and flightless birds; I’m not talking about those here.

But I like the little birds that flit about and that we always take for granted, like these sparrows. They remind us that our soul can fly and our thoughts can soar as high as the sky or maybe much, much further. And yet they seem so insignificant, just like us.

Jesus talked about birds and compared them to human lives, so I’m not alone in talking about birds, and sometimes talking with them.


Talking with the birds

Chattering all the day long

’bout our little lives



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