Prescription for the Disillusioned by Rebecca del Rio

Come new to this day.
Remove the rigid overcoat of experience,
the notion of knowing,
the beliefs that cloud your vision.

Leave behind the stories of your life.
Spit out the sour taste of unmet expectation.
Let the stale scent of what-ifs waft back into the swamp
of your useless fears.

Arrive curious, without the armor of certainty,
the plans and planned results of the life you’ve imagined.
Live the life that chooses you,
new every breath, every blink of your astonished eyes.

Prescription for the Disillusioned

It is always a good time to be reminded of these simple truths but perhaps never more than right now. Come new to this day. What an invitation! Taking off that rigid overcoat of experience, our certainties and beliefs that cloud your vision. Del Rio invites us to let go of old stories, the sour taste of unmet expectation. the what-ifs we all carry, our useless fears.

Instead she directs us to Arrive curious, dropping the armor of certainty, those ways we protect ourselves from what we don’t know and perhaps fear. Leave behind the plans and planned results of the life you’ve imagined – these are the matters of expectations and disappointments, the ways we become disillusioned.

Most of all, Live the life that chooses you – make it yours, new in every breath, be astonished at all it has to offer. What if each day holds all the possibilities we cannot foresee? Come new to this day!

There is much to create disillusionment at this point in history and yet, a poet can remind us how to meet these times, allowing life to choose us and each of us to choose how to greet each day as new, with every blink of your astonished eyes. May we each be astonished in wonderment and gratitude as we live our lives each new day.

23 thoughts on “Prescription for the Disillusioned by Rebecca del Rio

  1. LOVE this one, Jan and your reflection :O) I did some spitting, threw off that “overcoat” and am now leaping curiously into this day – many thanks xoxox

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  2. Wonderful guidance for these times, Jan. I can feel the dulling in my heart of continued disillusionment in the events of the world, the fears and disappointments, the sour taste of unmet expectation. It is hard to shake off and come new to this day, this day that, even as I write, is rising brilliant with sunshine. Perhaps my new practice is to find my astonishment again. To peel protective layers off my heart and off my eyes and be surprised by beauty and goodness again. I think of Mary Oliver’s Instructions for living: Pay attention./Be astonished./ Tell about it.” Thanks for doing all that today, Jan. much love, Wendy

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  3. this one had me at Come New to this Day. Very powerful , Thank you, Jan.
    lll be sure to share it in my circles. Enjoy your holiday season.

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  4. Thank you Jan. This poem really resonates for me. I especially love the last two lines:
    “…Live the life that chooses you, new every breath, every blink of your astonished eyes.”
    Love you, Lisa

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  5. Oh Jan, this is so perfect for me calling me to let go of certainty. Thank you.

    Margaret 613-725-6941 Home 613-795-9879 Mobile

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  6. Thank you Alan got your poems and the more frequent posts. I am soaking them up.
    The middle prose of this most recent poem speaks to me deeply.
    But it is hard… when it does not come easily.

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  7. Two lines stand out for me:
    Spit out the sour taste of unmet expectation –
    and
    Live the life that chooses you

    Those two lines go hand in hand for me. The challenge of letting go of unmet expectation so that I can live the life that chooses me

    Thank you for this selection and your comments
    Pattie

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