tangents

like an automatic carpet cleaner
I calmly move about my business
but when I bang against an obstacle
I back off and hover nearby
to see if more effort is worthwhile

if not I go off at a tangent but return
now and then to try once again
for persistent effort always pays off
sometimes the time is not right
or the resources aren’t there

I wait and watch to see what is fair
no need to bang against a wall
wait for that crack to try it at all
for love and kind care will win
feeling comfortable within my skin

when resistance wears thin
approach cautiously
to test the waters
when a mind opens
magic can happen

hearts lighten
vibes brighten
things clear
joy love and cheer
become more dear

 “Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.” – Max Lucado, thanks Carolyn for the quote!

39 comments

  1. “when a mind opens
    magic can happen”

    I love this kate …magic happens anytime anywhere, if we only believe and yes open our minds. I love how you ended it with in a very soft, mellow tone that kinda lull me to sleep

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  2. I back off and hover nearby
to see if more effort is worthwhile
    if not I go off at a tangent but return
now and then to try once again!
    Great observations and analogy here!! Beautifully penned 🤗

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  3. What a great analogy, Kate! Wisdom for all ages! An important lesson that needs to be learned by all!
    Doing the right thing, is always the right thing!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…amazing what we can learn from household appliances. 😉
    PPS…reminds me of a fav quote: “Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.” – Max Lucado

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  4. Exactly, Kate – great analogy!

    Indeed, we should be just like the vacuum I got my mother last Christmas. Roomba approaches the doorway but bumps against the basket meant to stop her. Off she goes to investigate what’s behind that couch over there. She’ll be back, though, and this time she’ll get the angle just right.

    Roomba has escaped! Next time we see her, she’s basking in the sun near the front door.

    Of course, Roomba merely picks up dirt, whereas you leave leave behind smiles, laughter and joy, Kate, so the simile isn’t quite exact.

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  5. I love love love this analogy! I have always wanted a roomba but we have the kids for now – they function the same way, bumping into things, going off on tangents, but are much more noisy and harder to “put away” than a roomba. LOL! One suggestion – in the line, “I back off and hover nearby,” you can also back off and “Hoover” nearby to add another layer of dirt-sucking word play fun! I also like this analogy for the work of a therapist.

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