Sometimes I Just Don’t Understand

Carol A. Hand

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever understand

why people in power seem to care so little

about the suffering and destruction

they leave in their (una)wake(ning)

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Microsoft WORD Clip Art – Sometimes I just can’t take a photo

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Robin wings and bloodied backbone lying in the grass

A gift from my neighbors’ roaming cat?

It breaks my heart although they don’t seem to care

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever understand

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Neighborhood – May 10, 2017

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Garbage strewn across from

the neighborhood school

cluttering the little wooded stream

an elder’s shopping cart now inaccessible

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever understand

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Neighborhood – May 10, 2017

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Still, I will tend gardens, teach, and write about possibilities

even as I mourn while picking up the wings and sending love

I will clean up the little wooded area although others may laugh

because caring about the earth and others matters

Maybe it will inspire some to care

even though I may never understand

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Blooming Bleeding Hearts – May 10, 2017

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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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33 Responses to Sometimes I Just Don’t Understand

  1. steelcityman says:

    Without people like you spreading the love around, Carol,… the world would be a bleaker place…bless you.xx

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    • Pat, it’s so good to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments. You know, dear friend across the pond, you are often in my thoughts. I send my best wishes and much love to you and “the lovely Christine. ❤

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  2. Carol, I believe that when we put Self above all else, we become blind to the needs of others.

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    • Thank you for sharing such important insights, Rosaliene. I suspect you are correct. The challenge, of course, is figuring out what can be done, isn’t it? I wonder if it’s because many people don’t want to feel others’ pain because they’re too busy numbing out their own.

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  3. sojourner says:

    Carol,

    Your words here, and the thoughts and concerns behind them, once again, make me look at life and myself. I hear your heart, and I trust you. And then I look inside of my self, and I see nothing but anger, frustration; a completely jaded nature that I despise. And yet, I seem to have no power to change at the moment.

    So I continue on, doing what has been placed before me to do.

    Hope you are well? Take care!

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    • Dave, it’s always good to hear from you. I’m grateful that you feel comfortable enough to share honestly. I feel those things, too (anger, frustration, and hopelessness when it comes to people’s ability to awaken). But then, I listen to the birds sing, watch fascinating cloud formations and budding trees sway in the breeze, and encounter students who really want to learn how to make a difference. Those experiences touch my heart with both joy and sorrow and give me a reason to try to do what I can to open up possibilities for others to care.

      In answer to your question, I am okay, busy trying to catch up on editing now that I have a computer that seems to be working. It’s a challenge, though. As the weather grows warmer I’d rather be outside but I feel the aches and pains of aging and wonder how much I’ll be able to do. I won’t know until I try…

      I send you my best wishes and hugs, dear friend. ❤

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  4. dolphin says:

    Thank You for another post that speaks to my current thoughts and feelings, as well. I get so frustrated at the lack of concern for the world we live in. I saw a dead robin this past week, too, in front of a pick-up truck. It bothers me because it’s my first name….hmmm…wonder at the symbolism there….

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    • Dear Robin, it’s always good to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and for sharing this on your blog. It always makes me sad when birds die. Beings that can fly above the troubles of the world hold a special place in my heart. 🙂

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  5. dolphin says:

    Reblogged this on Dolphin.

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  6. I am with you, dear Carol. Feeling a little lost in the midst of such neglect of those who most need what is being held back or redirected. I am deeply sad and doing my best to sit with it so that it doesn’t consume me. Take good care of you. 💕

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    • Dear Carrie, thank you for your thoughtful comments. Staying balanced in times like these is truly a challenge. I appreciate the helpful suggestions you share on your blog. ❤

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  7. Joan says:

    From one bleeding heart to another…I rejoice in your caring and your creativity.

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  8. Sha'Tara says:

    If one would truly understand, one must engage the bigger picture and come to terms with what constitutes a “human” on this world. Engaging the reality of the Ancients, the Spirits, awareness of past lives and interaction with non-earth beings is necessary, else how shall we know? If a thing doesn’t have its counterpart to compare it to, how then shall we proceed to understanding? Once we accept the bigger picture of cosmic life, some of earth man’s history breaks through Matrix disinformation and some things begin to make new sense. The first great revelation I had to accept on the path to understanding is that the people of earth are not human. Nor are they animals. They are pseudo humans. They do not know what it means to be human because they have been lied to about their position. A human does not kill, that’s the first law. As for being an animal, no animal does the things Earthian creatures indulge themselves in, to the detriment of their loved ones, their neighbours, and finally their world. To understand one must begin at the beginning. Who is strong enough, and humble enough, to do this?

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    • Crucial questions and insights, Sha’Tara. How do people learn what it means to live in harmony with the world and each other if there are too few who can model what that means and too many who wish to keep inconvenient truths hidden?

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      • Sha'Tara says:

        Then they will not, and the inevitable must follow: from decadence, to corruption, to decay, to downfall of civilization. It won’t be the first time for the Earthian species is obdurate and refuses to learn from its mistakes.

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  9. Leya says:

    My heart is with you.

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  10. usfman says:

    Many seem to suffer the inhumane damages from so few. In such cases that affect my disposition, I choose to think globally for solutions.

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  11. Tiny says:

    My heart aches for many of the same reasons, Carol. I see how people don’t care about the earth, even in protected habitats like the salt marsh here, I see plastic bags, bottles and cups invading the space of the wildlife. And I clean too…

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  12. It is disheartening – the lack of care for other people, for other creatures, and the planet, and I don’t understand it either. Such an alien and alienated relationship with beauty and kindness. But all the more reason to continue loving and nurturing what’s precious. Each one of us makes a difference no matter how small.

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  13. smilecalm says:

    Well expressed bittersweetly, caring curiosity, Carol!
    Seems victimhood is a hard prison
    for most human cultures to escape.
    Such suffering behavior blinds most from seeing
    the suffering of others, of the neighborhood & beyond.
    Without adequate & compassionate support to experience relief
    will the cycle of ignorance ever end?
    showing a little care for the ‘hood seems fundamental.
    I’m invoking flower power to help us
    with our deepening crisis of trust.
    Wishing you a happy day 🙂

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  14. underswansea says:

    The world is up for grabs, Even after everything. It’s still wild. It’s generational, but we shouldn’t let anything though on our watch.

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  15. afwaswater says:

    Like you and many others, I still don’t understand why people throw away garbage in nature. It’s sad. I definitely do believe your actions inspire people. hugs , Hanneke

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