The end of the year is the time to forgive and let go of all the perceived mistakes, misspoken words, wrong actions, right actions not taken, and any other self inflicted hurts. Also, forgiving and letting go of the hurts caused by others is appropriate. This forgiveness cleans the path for a fresh start unencumbered by the weight of past wrongs. If major problems exist then take the actions to heal these. If no actions can be taken, then just let go, cry if needed, and forgive. Then be quiet, listen, feel and be see the beauty that always is.
The trouble coming was first felt in the gut. As the trouble came closer it expanded into the head and back as well. The storm hit hard. The mind tried and tried to solve the problems. But no metal solution worked. Only the events in a natural course allowed for the passing of the trouble. Divine grace could not prevent the pain for the grace only provided sights of beauty in the fury.
An early morning rise on a late October Saturday. A profound quiet as the world rests and the crickets sing. Pages turned in a sketchbook reveal fragments of the month. I hear the sound of more coming towards me.