Lineage May 13, 2013

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post.

Beyond family or the culture and religion of our birth, life will lead us to discover the lineage we are a part, the circle of kindred spirits that nourish our soul. The difficulties of living can often make us put this lineage aside to deal with trouble first. I’ve done this and found myself lessened for putting what matters last. This poem speaks to how draining it is to put trouble first.


Old Friends, Old Teachers,

I never meant to crowd you out.

At first I would drop anything

when you would appear. And

then, it was the noise of the world

that made me save you for a more

sacred time. It was obstacle after

obstacle that drew my attention,

while I kept you like a prize for a

quiet simple day. No one told me to

make this separation. I just started

to keep what matters from what

needs to be done. I began a

life of clearing debris in order

to live in the open. But there is

always more debris. And after all

these years you’ve never failed me;

always waiting in the noise, in

the pain, in the thing

to be cleared.



A Question to Walk With: Describe one way in which you’ve put tasks before things that matter. How can you reverse this and recover the priority of embracing what is sacred?

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