Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Anniversary

"A place of transition has been reached, and free choice can enter in. A twofold possibility is presented...: he can soar to the heights and play an important part in the world, or he can withdraw into solitude and develop himself. He can go the way of the hero, or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion.

There is no general law to say which of the two is the right way. Each one in this situation must make a free choice according to the inner law of his being. If the individual acts consistently and is true to himself, he will find the way that is appropriate for him. This way is right for him and without blame."
From the I Ching: Ch'ien / The Creative (1).
Image via Adriana Janaina Poeta
Four years ago today, 
I ended a forty-five day stint of homelessness
on the streets of Providence, RI.
It was the longest I'd ever been
without a place of my own to call home.
Too sick to care for myself properly,
I was forced to live in between
the cracks of society.
Sometimes I would sleep in my car,
sometimes at a hotel
and other times
at a homeless shelter.
I spent much of my time
putting my life back together,
piece by piece,
all the while hoping
that I wouldn't run out of time
before I was able to achieve
a complete recovery
from the stroke I suffered in 2000.
However, what I've been able to do
is create something new
that contributes in a positive way
to the lives of others
in need of support and guidance. 
I have been blessed
to live long enough
to rise up out of the morass
that was created for me
by a series of untoward events
that I never saw coming. 
Though I once feared
dying alone without
anyone to know my story,
now my health is better,
my mind is clearer,

and it's time to move on.