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Beyond Normal Living

Living Life Beyond Normal Living

This poem and painting describe our lifestyle. The painting was commissioned with my wife and the artist both posing for it. It is a treasure and this is my first time sharing it.

My heart beats for a bright-eyed maiden.
by loving example she teaches me the art of living.
I will share a glimpse of her view,
an experience she shares of how to exist beyond normal living:

“While on a morning walk in nature, I saw the beautiful things I love:
the birds, the flowers, and all God’s gifts to us.
Their beauty my eyes sought out and my soul cherished.
I was full, I thought, of all nature offers.
and I walked on, as on other days.
Continuing, a thought came to mind.
is there more here beyond what I see?
My curiosity sparked, giving my heart courage.
Carefully, I folded my scarf, tied it tightly over my eyes
and entered the same woods differently.
As visual beauty left my sight,
new sounds crescendoed in my ears.
My mind reached out, my senses scattered,
my concentration focused as I carefully felt my way.
Scent, sound, and touch, no longer being taken for granted.
More than a witness to nature, it enveloped me.
My heart pounded with anticipation and fear.
That day I lived adventurously, transcending daily routines.”

My beloved young maiden leads her life inspired.
Eagerly we begin each day, hungry to enjoy such life, together,
beyond normal living.


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