Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Plainness of Ordinary Revelation

Week 21

The Plainness of Ordinary Revelation


      1.   Change of pace matters.

      2.   Change of venue matters.

      3.   There’s a time for drudgery, when the right thing doesn’t
            get done without endurance.

      4.   Most likely, distinguishing between endurance and
            willfulness is one of life’s most challenging perceptions.

      5.   When does the break come, the light shine through?

      6.   When someone who counts and measures the depths
            says “lighten up,” it’s probably time.

      7.   When will I learn that doing in the right way is waiting?


Elbow on his desk,
running his fingers
through his hair,
he couldn’t get
to the bottom of it.
Then, walking to that
special shop to buy
a birthday card
for his sister,
it came to him
when the caterpillar
fell on his neck.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Life in Firefly Village

Week 20

Life in Firefly Village


      1.   Intriguing how community takes place and people 
            adhere to form.

      2.   I had a professor, a sociologist, who defined
            socialization as the process whereby a biological blob becomes a social slob.

      3.   Amazing, too, how simple good will gets things started in
            the right way.

      4.   Perhaps you can’t go home again, but you can savor
            what home gave you.

      5.   It was a slower time then, but life still requires we make
            the most of fallow time, when more happens than we

      6.   Me? I like to watch tall grass bend in the wind.

      7.   Have you seen any fireflies lately?


We, boys mostly,
sat on the curb
in our town
wherever we
met to play
ball in the streets.
Sometimes we sat
there with a
portable radio, listening
to some game that mattered.
The curb was
the starting place,
the spectator place,
the ending place,
when our time
in the street
was done,
when we might hear
someone’s mother call
her son to lunch or supper.
There were times,
too, after supper
when our dads would
join us, till it
began to get dark
and we’d sit on the curb,
laugh and tell stories,
and watch the fireflies.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The imagination Hiding in Small Things

Week 19

The imagination Hiding in Small Things


      1.   Carrying a book is one of life’s pleasant little rituals.

      2.   Let’s say you pull one out of a bookcase downstairs,
            then climb upstairs to sit and read in bed.

      3.   We become aware of these simple acts and what they
            mean to us when we’re interrupted from carrying them

      4.   Decades ago, a facilitator asked us to cross our arms,
            then reverse the way we always do it. It made us feel
            clumsy, ungainly. Try it.

      5.   What comes to mind is how much these little moves
            serve to hold us up, even comfort us.

      6.   Parsing ritual can be an exercise in imagination.

      7.   Imagination is always some kind of coming alive, a
            knowing participation.


Have you noticed
how good it feels
to carry a book?
Just one, with it
held between your
palm and fingers
on one side and
your pressuring thumb
on the other.
Something good
will come from this,
or likely to.
Once, a grade-school teacher
asked me to bring the
dictionary from the school
library to our classroom
for a project—the
big one on the stand,
ten inches thick.
I cradled it in both
my arms and
imagined I was hoisting
a wheelbarrow full of coal,
delivering it
to our cold little house.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, May 6, 2012

When Time Rubs Against Your Knuckles

Week 18

When Time Rubs Against Your Knuckles


      1.   Some things and people have to be left alone to thrive.

      2.   Many things I start, or have a hand in starting, should be
            left to others to finish.

      3.   Hands off means “no looking over another’s shoulder.”

      4.   Subordinates often want to be left alone, be independent,
            ply their own craft, so they can bring you a rainbow.

      5.   Rough going in team settings—surprising hardship, hidden
            roadblocks, bogging down, frayed nerves-- are the stuff of

      6.   Time spent, doubts abounding,, too late to turn back though
             all seems lost, then a stunning glimmer.

      7.   Genius pulled through a slit, reversing all fortune.


A seed is planted
and like a
watched pot
that doesn’t boil,
should be left alone
for awhile,
tended, perhaps,
and watered, but
not busied.
Grains that rub, that
slip through our grasp
and time itself
make way for
appearances we cherish
and exceed our
small hopes.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Labels: , , ,

Find me at Starbucks

Allan Cox Word Art