Life is suffering

September 29th, 2008

There’s nothing new about the news.
It’s always time to practice, she reminds herself.
Things change, she knows for sure.
Let go, she intones.

And still, there’s nothing new about the news.
Must we always fail our children?
I’m afraid I know the answer.


  1. Everything comes around again.

    Comment by Shelli — September 29, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  2. My husband and I were talking about this today – maybe it would be better if the market did completely collapse. Then maybe people would realize they could live without the flat screen TV or latest cell phone or designer handbag. People would get back to the basics and, perhaps, be finally in tune to what is really important. These are interesting times …

    Comment by Shalet — September 29, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  3. Can I work on this after the election???
    We will not fail our children, we will change the world.

    Comment by Bridge — September 30, 2008 @ 2:06 am

  4. Hear, hear, Shalet! Why is easy credit so important? Am I missing something? Why not live within our means, personally, and as a nation? Why saddle our children with an additional $700 billion in debt rather than deal with the consequences of our actions today?

    Comment by RocketMom Cheryl — September 30, 2008 @ 3:06 am

  5. If you think it is only the market that collapses than you think too much. The world is interconnected: your savings, your retirement, your job, your contract, your credit, all are one. Greed and ego undoes it all.

    We are indeed impoverished if we think we are safe from another’s misfortune. There is no safe ground from self-interest. A lesson that keeps coming around, and no one the wiser!

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 30, 2008 @ 3:14 am

  6. We fail anything we don’t pay attention to.

    Comment by mapelba — September 30, 2008 @ 4:06 am

  7. It is scary.

    That is why we hope to give our children the idea of both community and city but also sustainability, self sufficiency, and the ability to survive and manage even in the midst of chaos. Of course you don’t know if it works until you are in the trenches, and I hope they never (never) have to find out. But perhaps we are ready. Perhaps we are not.

    And yes, this lesson keeps coming around…breathe.

    Comment by denise — September 30, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  8. We are all interconnected…sigh.
    This bill proposed did not help regular people…sigh.

    Comment by Bridge — September 30, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  9. The world is always ending and it is always beginning anew.

    Sometimes it just has to get really bad in order for us to realize it is not working and let go of what we are holding on to. We’ve got to end up with nothing so that there is room for the new thing to grow.

    Right now is scary, but I am excited to see what will bloom out of this muck.

    Comment by Rowena — September 30, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  10. I can only believe that it will come around. To think otherwise is to let go of my hope, to surrender.

    I won’t do that.

    Comment by Lisa — September 30, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

  11. this made me cry. thank you.


    Comment by mb — October 1, 2008 @ 3:54 am

  12. wonderful piece of poetry here. i am new to your blog, but this is a wonderful post to stumble upon.

    Comment by jessica — October 1, 2008 @ 7:31 am

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