I remembered my small granny telling me when I was little that 'a person can only sleep in one bed.'
I felt her words of wisdom sink down into my bones in a new way.
Even if I own ten beds, I thought to myself,
I can still only sleep in one.
I can only drink from one mug at a time,
wear one set of clothes,
live one life.
So out came the charity box and as day followed day,
I began to look at all my stuff with new eyes,
and assign what I no longer needed or wanted to the box.
I started to feel lighter.
This felt so good as my head felt like an intolerable weight on my neck,
and my neck an unstable entity on my shoulders.
I found it easy to say goodbye.
I felt a deep sense of gratitude.
I found myself whispering 'thank you...
you served me well...
serve someone else now.'
I remembered the pleasure I had felt.
And I felt ready to move on.
I learned again how easy it is for me to complicate my life,
and how I am only a decision away from the simplicity that makes me thrive.
Learning No. 1 Simplicity makes me thrive.
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When people say genealogy is boring
Anger and Truth
Where do you come from?
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Aw go on, say YES
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When wide sky opens poem
I love my work
Celtic New Year
This small house
Rhythm & Rest poem
The Hidden Self
The Lonely Road
Kerry Pride 2013
Letting the Light in after Loss
Letting go is hard
Pick up the phone
Her name was not Magdalene
Do what you love doing!
My small granny
Praise the child and boil the dishcloths
My invisible brother Michael
I don't want to be Irish anymore
Alone on Valentine's Day
I love my country but I am not blind
Truth no. 2
How we tell the Truth
From Clare to here
Mother's Day is bittersweet
I will not be part of that
No Blacks No Dogs No Irish
Thank you for the days
Baby Marion Howe
My Irish Identity
When my Mam was dying
Violence against women
Take back your power
Draw the line
My small granny and other stories