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Discovering Your Passion…Clearing the Jungle

Of course, you know what’s good for you.  You’ve always known. 

The problem is that a lifetime of listening to others, quieting your inner voice,  tempering desire with compliance and compromise, and applying a  thin, comforting,  façade of “Someday” have buried your passion under a confusing jungle of noise, shadows and distortion. 

Be Very Quiet & Listen…

Michael Hayes Samuelson

My ears accept your words but that’s where they seem to remain

The vibrations are clear and, yet, distant — yes, there is logic and the gift is truly appreciated

However, a persistent mute tugs at my sleeve and distracts me from the moment

Be still, I say, there are others talking and you must be quiet & listen!

I pay attention; I really do, however, I only catch a spark and then it’s gone

What did you say?  I heard you speak but I can’t seem to follow

A muffled breeze tugs at my sleeve and distracts me from the moment

Be still, I implore, let those who know — speak their truth — you must be quiet & listen!

I nod my head, follow directions, and give thanks for such strong support

Often the direction takes me to a place where I feel safe but somehow not secure

An echo of a whisper tugs at my sleeve and distracts me from the moment

Be still, I shout, who are you to contradict — you must be quiet & listen!

The companion voice wishes to speak but is smothered by noise from the street and

Daunted by scolding doubts from within

__________

Years, reflections, and nurturing wisdom bring clarity to the voices

I listen with all my senses and pay close attention to the whispers — particularly those of

A used-to-be-mute that tugs at my sleeve and distracts me from the moment

Speak up, I say, and I will be quiet and I will listen!

I pay attention as I strain to hear the pleas and questions hidden among the words

What did you say?  Sometimes, my ability to understand remains impaired by the noise of emotion

The goddess tugs at my sleeve bringing both a cleansing breeze and a basket of dreams

Speak up, I implore, and reveal the truth — I will be quiet and I will listen!

I nod my head, follow directions, and give thanks for such strong support

Often the direction takes me to a place where I may not always feel safe but I do feel secure

A clear voice tugs at my sleeve and protects me from distractions

Speak up, I shout, keep me aware of contradictions — I will be quiet and I will listen!

The companion voice speaks freely high above the noise of the street and is

Encouraged by a growing confidence that glows from within

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