A Thousand Year Old Wind is Still Blowing in our Backyard



The wind is blowing unusually swiftly today, and I realize you can only write about the wind when you are standing in the midst of leaves twirling, boughs bowing, birds swooping against the forces, the wooing, howling sounds, the brushing on your body, hair moving uncontrollably, scraping sounds of wires being tugged across the walls, scratching of limbs not quite finished leafing.

You begin to notice places where the wind has blown dust particles, and bits and pieces of elements you did not know were hiding in some places you barely noticed. Now the gleam of wind cleaning makes them eye popping. Now that I know this concept, I can use the concept of winds to sweep many places with my mind. There she goes again. Well, relax and listen.

The next time you have an opportunity, go out into the wind and watch. Take mental notes. Wind swept areas change dimensions, leaving a wider range of sharing habitats. What can you do by changing elements? First, accept that everything changes. With changes comes new learning. New learning and change can be ecstatically wonderful or difficult. I strive to find joyous changes, but even so, the difficulties arise and you are to embrace them and change until it suits you.

Keep in mind that you need to keep yourself on a happy road. I know this sounds trite, but it is not. I noticed a few people on my happy road that are not happy. I smile at them, courtesy and keep on going. I celebrate a task well done. How do I do it? Simply. Mine is a second cup of coffee. I’d like to know yours. Celebrating little victories will offer me many a second cup of coffee. Now they say coffee is good for you. Good deal! This news comes at a good time for me. How about you?

I saw a lady coming out of “Home Goods,” jumping up and down in joy and screaming, “Hail Mary.” She must have scored big time. Oh how I envied that momentary joy and went next door to Gelson’s and created my own jump for joy in the fruit department, as I grabbed the last freshly cut up Mango Salsa! YUM!

We do not have to envy the joy of others, because we can achieve it. Keep the target in view and shoot. Practice creating joyous moments, and grab them when you recognize them. Every morning Mr. C reads our horoscopes out loud, but this morning he said he would not read mine because he didn’t like it. I registered the comment and made a mental note to go back and see what was so bad about my upcoming day. The paper has been thrown out and gone in the trash truck. I am stuck with a bit of a not knowing, so, I will look deeply into this day and make it astounding on my own. Somehow, I do not think, I will ever want a read out loud horoscope to every run my days ever again.

Oops, two days later and the truth is, I have had spectacular days. And another truth is, I cannot stop myself from asking about my horoscope or taking the paper and reading it. Today’s horoscope is perfect for me. I have accepted a position as Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary of my favorite organization, Brandeis. I have not served as Secretary of anything in many years. But, alas I have attended and taken notes for my first batch of minutes, and truth shall be known, I feel like a little fish out of the big water. One nice thing is that everyone is there to help. Today under Virgo, it says something that will help me in my new job, as I wrestle with the minutes for the first time. Virgo: “Your need to work is strong. Get it done, but don’t turn it all in yet. Save it to review and refine tomorrow.” I like this one. Don’t you?

The wind has blown light and fluffy looking clouds over the vistas over our bluff. A little boy once asked, “What do clouds feel like?” I wish I knew for sure, but my answer now would be, “Soft, smooth, tickling, soothing, and fluffy. But the truth, I know you know.





7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. etty10
    Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:33:55

    Very nice!


  2. Sheryl
    Dec 18, 2015 @ 20:17:29

    I like the horoscope, and it is very appropriate for you in your new role. I’m not a Virgo, but it’s good advice for us all.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Dec 20, 2015 @ 17:29:53

      For a writing exercise, I created my own Horoscope. I wrote for all of the months. It was fun and a writing drill. I think it would be fun if we wrote our own Horoscopes for a few days. Certainly would get us focused on what it is we want. Thank you for reading and commenting


  3. Nuala Ryan
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 20:52:22

    I love the title of this piece, Sheila. So much to learn from nature!

    “Everything changes ” so I must constantly let go of my desire for security and control !!!!!. So much food for meditation.

    Also, celebrating keeps us in the mode of gratitude. Simplicity in celebrating is evident in your life with a second cup of coffee. What is mine? A heartfelt, thank you God or thank you body. At this stage of my life I am more aware of breathing in God’s gift of life and breathing out God’s gift of life. Celebrate!!!!!!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Feb 11, 2016 @ 17:13:23

      Oh my, breathing in God’s gift of life and breathing out God’s gift of life and to Celebrate!!!!! Not a greater message. Thanking you forever and for whoever reads.


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