Something Big From a Small Place

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In this season of chaos it is a pretty safe bet we all feel our tidy costumes of “got it together, man”

Are wearing a bit of the sour smell of fear.

Unnerving change afoot.

Can we do something big from a small place?

My wheelchair seat is stiffer than I’d like and until I am re-evaluated for a better cushion I adjust constantly to get comfortable.

The only thing that really works is to be utterly conscious in making sure I take the time to build a solid foundation for myself by equalizing pressure where my butt hits the chair and lifting my upper chest straight up out of that foundation with the intention of reaching for the sky;

Push down with butt and reach up with chest.

When I do this I own my ground, a resonance comes into my voice, my heart becomes available to me and others and I feel smarter, softer, stronger, more…

Wheeling out this morning I performed all these adjustments with Emma warm on my lap clearly frustrated by her platform moving all about forcing her to adjust too.

I stopped to cross the street and waited for the light to turn.

Someone quietly joined me in the wait.

A young and handsome Muslim man offered “Good Morning” challenged by the clearly new (to him) phonetics of the English language.

He wore a hip tee shirt and sparkled his greeting to me.

The two of us met without any of the wet blanket effect unpreparedness brings with it. Nothing about either of us felt sloppy.

We both seemed clear, conscious, alert and intent as we carried the golden ring of an undefended heart which we offered to the other.

I sat in my chair very aware a tiny experience I was now a part of was a perfect metaphor for essential cultural healing craving just such an opening.

He stayed close to ensure my safety as we crossed the street and gave me a parting smile and thumbs up as we went our separate ways.

A little miracle happened in those few seconds and we both knew it.

Something big from somewhere very small.

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4 Responses to “Something Big From a Small Place”

  1. Ellen Fox on September 28th, 2016

    I hope that you have chosen someone to curate all of your amazing art for a show.
    It should be seen widely.

  2. Cathy on September 28th, 2016

    Most people are unaware that galleries are not in the habit of releasing buyers names and addresses so I really have no idea where any of the work ended up!
    I so appreciate your comment though…

  3. Alexandra Eldridge on September 28th, 2016

    Thank you for your constant gifts! xxxA

  4. Dennis Chamberlain on September 29th, 2016

    “When I do this I own my ground, a resonance comes into my voice, my heart becomes available to me and others and I feel smarter, softer, stronger, moreā€¦”

    It is so true. When I sit next to you and we talk, your presence is so noble and strong, so confident and caring, that the wheelchair becomes truly invisible.

    “The two of us met without any of the wet blanket effect unpreparedness brings with it. Nothing about either of us felt sloppy.”

    That is the effect you have on people – I am so happy this young man chanced upon you!

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