Within each cloud exists a thousand possibilities

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
― Thomas Merton

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(dot of clouds litter a mild January day / Julie Cook / 2015)

An endless sea of wispy white puffs dot an expansive sky. . .
Appearing as if from a thousand giant pipes. . .
The exhaled puffs of white smoke, all being released from hidden nostrils,
each at the same exact time.
As far as the eye can see, a continuous blanket of white cotton batting
rides a southeasterly wind streaming nowhere in particular.

It is the kind of day which finds idle heads turning upward,
beckoning the wistful to gaze wantonly into the azure blue sea of sky.
The deep baritone peal of the buoy bell bounces across the wind
As dried leaves scatter along the brown crunchy grass.
It is a day of gentle moods set to a symphony of gentle sounds.

It’s the type of day that asks for nothing in return.
There are no demands.
No one who must be seen.
Nothing must be done.
No places in particular to go.
Just a day to simply be. . .

These are the days of possibilities.
There are no expectations.
No agenda has been set.
And there are no lists of activities to be ticked off one by one.
These are the days of wonder.
Grab it fast, for these are the days of far and in between.

Today the shoulders soften.
The clothes are familiar and cozy
The air purifies the stale lungs of too much time indoors.
Cheeks gain a touch of color
There is simple adulation in breathing.

Grateful souls humbly receive the gift of such a day,
As it is a day when time is but one’s own.
A day when dreams mix with hope
A day when anything and everything is possible
A day when the sky is truly the limit. . .

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Psalm 19:1

5 comments on “Within each cloud exists a thousand possibilities

  1. Lynda says:

    That quote from Thomas Merton is so absolutely true and yet very difficult to live. I’m not the best at living in the present moment with no thought to the future. Your lovely poem then expands on what Merton wrote and you tell us what it is to live in the present moment. Blessings and thanks for sharing this peaceful post.

  2. Love your pictures Julie!! 🙂

    • thanks Michael—that was yesterday’s sky–the oddest looking sky dotted with all those little puffs—and warming but windy—I’ll take it after 10 solid days of fog and rain!!!
      Happy wood and happy sun 🙂

  3. Love, love, love this post. And this is just the best of times:
    It’s the type of day that asks for nothing in return.
    There are no demands.
    No one who must be seen.
    Nothing must be done.
    No places in particular to go.
    Just a day to simply be. . .
    Much love and huge hugs, N ❤

  4. That’s the first time I’ve seen that TM quote–really cool!

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