Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Choose Peace

I can see him clearly through my early morning windshield, love bugs and pollen peppering my view. He faces me in traffic, unshaven and brusque in his little fleet truck. We are at a stand still. I can't budge an inch and he wants to snake through traffic, dart actually, to get his morning coffee. He sneers. Lifts his hands from the steering wheel and abruptly motions me to get the hell out of his way. I smile. This aint no helicopter, baby. He flips me off. I smile again and the light turns green. Peace. He guns past me. I thank him for the 30 second delay it took me to welcome him through traffic. You never know when the butterfly effect begins....

She fidgets with the credit card machine. Slides my card through it again and again, upside down and backwards. Wiggles the cord. Checks for a dial tone. Clears the register. The lady behind me in the three inch heels clicks her feet on the terazza floor. Clickity clickety click. "I'm already late!" she pecks into the air, a skinny little bird waiting on worms to fall from the sky. I smile. The cashier tries it again, apologizes, and it takes. I thank her, and on turning, wish the high heeled haughty behind me a better morning....."Once you're late, you're late..... enjoy the ride..."

Tiny little rhinestones keep fallin' off my favorite shirt, the peace sign slowly crumbling , disappearing. I touch the remaining few. This tye-dyed comfy cozy gift from my oldest grandaughter..... from my heart, is fading. I cross the parking lot and a raspy six year old voice follows me in the wind. "Mommy, look, I found a diamond, a diamond! Mommmy, Look!" His face lights up, glows up, beams..... and his chubby little fingers coddle the treasure. Climbing into the car, I smile.....

The butterfly effect......

Choose peace, people.....

It's priceless.....










20 comments:

Shimmerrings said...

You are an incredible person, ya know? You seem to live in Peace, like some meditative state... and spread it, with no cost to yourself, only benefit for those who might partake. You are good energy... you are good people!

Peace... and Love... and utter Harmony!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Beautiful Sister Love...sometimes we don't catch glimpses of those chubby litttle fingers grasping at diamonds fallen from the sky & then, we just gotta believe. It is what it is and just because we don't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Always Believe... P&LSILYSVFM

WILSONART said...

Always amazing,,,Traffic Twits don't understand that you can't possibly go one inch further, or one second faster than the guy ahead.
"High heeled haughty",,,"helicoter",,,crackin' me up!
Reality check: bounced.

But ahhh, the boy who recognizes diamonds from the sky,,,,truly priceless.
Miracle received.

lovemesong said...

I agree totally with what Shimmerings said about you. The spirit is alive and well. Spread your wings butterfly and fly.

KarmaLennon said...

Love that first photo!!! You are just amazing, you know that? As much as I embrace and strive for peace, I've been struggling with doing it all the time. There are things in my life where I just want to be mean about it.....I should probably go blog about this rather than getting all rambley in your comments, lol. Much love. :)

Maithri said...

Wow!!!!

My wise and sweet sister,

You know i love this... feel this...honour this...

Choosing peace rather than it all...

Surely this is the great art of life...

You are a master artist my friend,

Holding you in the light,

Peace-Love
and wings,

Maithri

PS i went somewhere yesterday and thought of you ;) I wrote about it on my blog....

singleton said...

Oh, sweet Shimmerings....I live in Chaos! A hamster strolling, rolling, running, in an endless circle....but I Believe.....in the end, peace wins.....
and everything else is just a roadtrip.....
Girlscout truth, I can't tell you how many people have thrown my peace~love theory back in my face like spit.....but I have to keep believin', without that what's it all about?
Peace~love my friend
It's priceless and sometimes the price we pay is heavy....

singleton said...

Sweet sister... I know you know....deeper and clearer than words can ever say....We just gotta believe....and sometimes outta the greatest chaos, peace is born. Let's hear it for the butterflies! ILYSVVM and wish you were here....

Babs....And there in the midst of it all....diamonds from heaven! The true, true reward for believin'.....for knowing....for never giving in or letting go....the true peace, fat little fingers and dancing eyes in a blacktop parking lot on a mundane day! How incredible is that? God, I love the butterflies....

Lovemesongs....JSYK....I'm so glad you're in my world. And so glad you understand.....

SweetKarma....Isn't that shirt awesome? Minus dozens and dozens of glitters? My little sweetheart brought that to me at the beach, cherub cheeks plumped and new teeth beaming, "Mimi, look!" And I could kiss her for a thousand years.....
And you should blog little one, and I should follow you, listen, learn....I've been so caught up in all the hoo~hah shennaghins lately I've hardly ventured out.... It's time for a reunion!

Maithri....I've thought of you often in just the last few days, missed you....
and meant to write you.....
My peace sign from Joe rusted at the beach,
took off and turned black,
flakey, scratchy.....
I've had it for years and years and years and
professed to you and Skinny the magic of
"just wearing it"
"Believing"
the magic of it belonging.....
and suddenly....
it rusted....

And I knew he was talking.....

Tonight it's black and smooth,
like a river rock just discovered...

I believe......

Shimmerrings said...

I left you something over at my place, beautiful sweet friend, in response to your last comment... thanks for choosing Peace... for each time we add to chaos, chaos continues... you are a gentle reminder, in my own life...

singleton said...

Sweet Shimmerings....please know that in my nonsensical ramblings back to you, I sensed your gift, knew it, felt it....
was welcomed home....
Thank you.....
I cried today....and still, peace like tiny breadcrumbs, led me to the sun....

peace~love my friend, I thank you....

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Great visuals on the child with the chance stone. Sorry I couldn't make it down your way. I'm in San Diego now. Maybe some other time.

I'll flap my wings and maybe you'll see something happen there.

Orhan Kahn said...

You never know when the butterfly effect begins...

So very true.

she said...

typical for you ~another brilliant, creative, enlightening post

the whole san francisco bay area could use a dose of you

"to peace! -and your gift for passing it on..."

love, ~s.

i beati said...

I wrote about a dy last week when peace was working for me too . sandy- lover man how sweetly he sleeps - he's got that peace connection that's why ..

No said...

I see myself as the impatient, clickety click lady...I need to remember this next time I annoy everyone in line with my glaring looks: ....."Once you're late, you're late..... enjoy the ride..." Thanks....

singleton said...

Ultra....You keep flappin' your wings and having a good time! Enjoy that roadtrip! I think it's incredible that you guys are gettin' to wander the highways, the bigstops, the little no~wheres, getting to see, hear, feel the countryside! Too very very cool! Keep on truckin', friend!

Orhan....Right? Sometimes when we look back and realize where "the now" came from, it's just incredible..... And if I remember right, isn't that how you met Skinny, afterall? Random wandering? Very, very cool.....

She.....I still play "When you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear....Flowers in your hair"! It's in my car now...One of those songs I've been toting in my head, on 45s, cassettes and now on CDs since I very very first heard it....One of those dreams!

Ibeati....You kknow it when you've got it, don't you. It just wraps it's lovely arms around you and sort of insulates you from the chaos! I gotta post new pictures of Baby Love!

No....We're all the clickety click lady sometimes.....but I remember learning the LATE lesson 21 years ago....remember the exact moment...and how wonderfully profound knowing it is....I can rush like a bat outa hell, but the minute the clock strikes late, it's a done deal....one minute or 20 minutes....when you're late your late....slow down and enjoy the ride......And sometimes, it's an unexpected gift!

Peace~love my friends
This ole hippie chic is late for work and I've still gotta half a cup of coffee to enjoy!

kj said...

aww, singleton, this is just precious. i encourage encourage encourage you to submit this piece somewhere. it doesn't have the right to be limited to your blog. or hang it up on the supermarket bulletin board.

or let it settle onto my shoulders and into my heart, a reminder from one to another that the time is now. thank you thank you.

singleton said...

Sweet KJ....I did submit it somewhere! To you! And you are so very very right, girlfriend, the time is now...... Thank you for reminding Me! Muah!

Orhan Kahn said...

Random wandering, indeed ;)

singleton said...

Orhan....And so the story goes....Our first ever blogger Friend.....
Priceless!