In my waking breath, I start and start again this day’s long pace.

I have a choice to walk it right or throw the day to waste?

Can stay captive to the mind-noise that yesterday I fought,

or carry forth the truth set in unencumbered thought.

I can busy Me, my Self, in the ego-sea of Me,

or journey to a world of those around who’ve been set free.

Can nod to no importance, ignore beauty through my eyes,

or linger in the peacefulness, seeing splendor beyond the skies.

If my heart is beyond shallow I won’t hear the crying sound,

I’m destined to the sadness of a horrid day gone down,

and patterns that have made me Me,

repeating, peating, peating a lost strategy.

This thing we’re all built on, truth and love and willing,

it’s time to set a new stride and keep the dark from killing.

It’s time to offer Gratitude and Loving arms that brace,

it’s time to see our lives are a wasteland but for Grace.

© 12/24/17 Stefan Bright

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What beauty resides in our own backyard

Yet to see it with clear eyes

Not blemished by other thoughts

But brought into view by presence in mind

And silence of noise that rattles our brain

That stills one’s heart for a moments breath

And sheds a tear of loving oneness

With all that is our gift

With all that we can surrender.

About a week ago I was out on the West Coast and picked up Origin Magazine for the first time. Boy, have I been missing out. Wonderful interviews abound, with people of renown, known for creating timeless works . The great surprise was the depth to which each interviewer goes to extract gems of wisdom from the voices of those we respect . One remarkable interview was with the iconic designer Milton Glazer. Famous for creating New York Magazine in 1968 and the fantastic “I Heart New York” slogan, Milton Glazer is  guru to most hopeful designers starting out today. I bring attention to this interview because of the deep understanding Mr. Glazer has about the imagination and the realm from which it comes. It moved me so much that I had to share it with all and I hope that it works its magic with you as it has with me. Please click on the image below and enjoy the read.