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This was the year of the birth of my retirement

Turning 62 in April; walking out the turnstile that last time

Never looking back; filled with an unsurpassed joy

Walking away from mind numbing blue collar shift work


This was also the year of my Mom’s struggles with her health

Bleeding internally; stressed to the maximum; heart attack

24 units of blood this year until… a gentleness settled in

The last 12 weeks of healing and peace… and no transfusions!


My grandson was diagnosed with high function Autism

Coming was help for me to understand his condition

Now with retirement comes freedom to be a stable influence

Seeing him balance, moving from despair’s edge to stability


2014 saw the 38th year of marriage to my beloved

Our relationship still growing, becoming, renewing

Redefining the feelings of romance, passion, commitment

Gentleness leads me into a deeper sense of relationship


My daughter continued to grow into the nurse of her destiny

Never surrendering in school, while the stresses mounted

Handling her son’s condition with grace, skill, and wisdom

A growing sense of pride in her capacity to cope with life


Finally, it saw a return with full surrender to the yogi life

My meditation cushion whispers peacefulness each morning

Then my practice moves me into union with the moment

Teaching again; going back to school in February to certify


2014 was a good year, full of a wealth of moments

Some good, some bad, all moments of my life

Accepting with joy this year, thankfully full of gratitude

Anticipating this new year coming… welcome 2015!



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