"Courageous care partners recharge with self-care, striving for peaceful pinnacles
in patience, persistence, and positive 
changes, knowing when to conquer and when to comfort."


Oct 30, 2023 by Eileen Adler
Ada Limón finds joy in watching a female groundhog as she joyously feeds on her unripe tomatoes doing what she can to survive.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

  • Thich Nhat Hanh


“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”

  • Lily Tomlin


Give Me This

I thought it was the neighbor’s cat back
to clean the clock of the fledgling robins low
in their nest stuck in the dense hedge by the house
but what came was much stranger, a liquidity
moving all muscle and bristle. A groundhog
slippery and waddle thieving my tomatoes still
green in the morning’s shade. I watched her
munch and stand on her haunches taking such
pleasure in the watery bites. Why am I not allowed
delight? A stranger writes to request my thoughts
on suffering. Barbed wire pulled out of the mouth,
as if demanding that I kneel to the trap of coiled
spikes used in warfare and fencing. Instead,
I watch the groundhog closer and a sound escapes
me, a small spasm of joy I did not imagine
when I woke. She is a funny creature and earnest,
and she is doing what she can to survive.

\Life Lesson: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes,

including you,” wrote Anne Lamott and Bertrand Russell reminds us that “It's coexistence or no existence.”

Poet Ada Limón, the first Latina, to become the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States in July of 2022. She is the host of the acclaimed podcast The Slowdown. The daily episodes are very short, less than ten minutes each, and listening to poetry is soulful and renewing.