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Daily Obstruction: Crucifix

18 Oct




The future and the past both cast a specter upon the present forming the shadow of a cross.


Daily Obstruction: Shift

16 Oct





I have fled, flourished, floundered, and failed.  Then I was found, fed, fêted, and set free.  Glory be.


Daily Obstruction: Thelema

15 Oct






Use me as Thou wilt.  I’m yours.

Resistance is folly.

You have broken me.

You have opened me.

You have sounded me.

My will has left me bereft.

Your will is all I have left.

Carry me upon the cosmic current

like so many sparks of light

coalescing in the darkest night.

As you form me, ephemeral though “I” may be,

ʼtis Your energy to fashion as You see fit.

Far be it for the flame to rebuke the fuel.

ʼTis not for the fire to take the wood to task for its use.

ʼTis all that You sustain me now,

dependently arising within a universe that, like a tidal river, ever ebbs and flows.

Daily Obstruction: Artistic Bent

6 Oct




Artistic Bent


The most intense adversity can act as a crucible for creativity.

Daily Obstruction: Entropy

4 Oct





We are no longer able to get our bearings because before we can ascertain where we are, all the points of reference have already shifted.

Daily Obstruction: Either/Or

25 Aug

nothing to be gained



Every morning I wake up and I have a choice to make between believing that I have a purpose and accepting that I’m nothing but dust and water in an infinite expanse of more dust and water.  Most mornings I choose the former because I could not live by accepting the latter.  Some mornings, however, I have not the strength to choose and so I accept and. . . remarkably, on those days when nothing matters, it’s not so bad.

Daily Obstruction: State of Being and Process of Becoming

23 Aug



State of Being and Process of Becoming


Defeat is not failure.  Failure is giving up, not trying, dropping out.  Failure is a mental state.  Defeat is part of a process.  One can be defeated but not be a failure.

Daily Obstruction: Breaking Point

13 Aug


The Breaking Point

(Bad Buddhist or Good?)


Imagine, if you will, a meter that measures the level of caring.  There is a white zone to the far left indicating not caring; a large green zone spanning the arch of the meter indicating healthy caring; a yellow zone to the right indicating more than healthy caring; and a red zone on the far right indicating dangerous levels of caring.  I exist in the red zone and occasionally break through to “beyond caring.”

Daily Obstruction: Muse out of the Muck

11 Aug


Muse out of the Muck


It sometimes occurs to me that my reality has to be truly terrible in order for me to inhabit the fantasy of my fiction.

Daily Obstruction: Fear & Faith

10 Aug


Fear & Faith


There can be fear without faith, but there is no faith without fear.  The greater the faith, the greater the fear.  Fear without faith is planning for failure.