During my journey of self-analysis and discovery I began to realize part of the substance that makes me a whole person was off balance. Something was missing. I had been ignoring a very important part of myself and it was dying. Eventually, I came to realize it was the spiritual element. I am not necessarily referring to a religious connection to spirit. For some, spirit equates to religion, but for me spirit is how we connect to others and the intangible.
I had been ignoring my spirit, was not connecting with others in a meaningful manner, and it left me feeling empty. Rediscovering my spirit and spirituality, and truly embracing it, has allowed me to feel part of something much larger than just being human. Doing so has also fueled a growth in my writing. “The Candidate” feels like something that should be performed as slam poetry. I hope you feel the pulsing energy in it.
- Sunrise in Plainfield Indiana, April 2017. Photo credit: Curtis Clem
I received a message from a very good friend one morning telling me not to miss the sunrise that particular day. His message included a picture of the dawn. I was already at work locked away from the outside world in my cubicle, but his photo made me go to a window immediately. What I saw was amazing – colors like I have never seen on the horizon and in the sky.
Later in the day I was having lunch at the most inspirational place anyone can choose to dine……yes, I’m talking about Taco Bell. Okay, my choice of lunch spot was not inspired, but I did have a really good view of the sky from my table. My mind began to wander and I thought back on the photo and how amazing the sky had looked just hours before. That experience gave me the writing I share in this post. I hope you are as blessed as I am to have people who spread sunshine in your life.