Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

good intentions

I am going to yoga later this morning. At least, that is my intention.

   It’s almost 6 a.m., and a mat that hasn’t seen much activity in quite a while is waiting beside my packsack. It has been years, really, since I have stepped into a class. I’ve been feeling, lately, like it is time to do what I used to do regularly.

   Almost a decade ago, yoga was a true constant in my life. It was a practice that, for all intents and purposes, consumed me physically, mentally, and spiritually.

   Today, I’m trying to get that feeling back.

   I have very few expectations.

   My balance is not what it once was, I am often stiff and struggling, and I’m feeling the need to give this body the stretching it needs. My birthday a few days ago reminded me I am not getting any younger.

   So, I’m off to yoga in a few hours and I am doing so with good intentions.


06/14/2024                                                                                          j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

   within the company of others

                   we navigate space


           between now and then

                 choosing where we go

         and with whom we travel


                 at times it gets crowded

                       and still seems lonely

         otherwise comfortable

         on our own


             companionship makes

             the journey worthwhile



06/10/2023                                                                                          j.g.l.

in hindsight

Reasons are excuses,
explanations simple
rationalizations for
what you are thinking
or feeling. History is
full of reasons and,
in hindsight, excuses.
Or promises.
I have known many.

©2019 j.g. lewis

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other times
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Beyond Congenialities

Posted on May 29, 2024 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

Emotions are the same in any language, yet

there will be incidents where you don’t understand.

     Not for lack of trying.

Life lessons — if not history — have taught us nothing.

Humanity’s polarity persists past present boundaries 

to points unknown, even unconsidered, even now.

Daily news, political views usurp common sense as

deterioration of human rights remain a plight 

upon our soul’s landscape.

     Where is dignity of diversity?

     Why can’t we live together?

We can hypothesize, empathize, rationalize, or sympathise;

it takes an effort greater than what we exert.

Distractions hinder; not as much as they hurt.

This division by bloodline, gender, orientation, social status, 

or nation is oft considered more a division 

than what it needs to be.

     We must try harder. 

     It is far more than you and me

Humility takes effort. Our attempts seem so unfulfilled,

detractions day-by-day of what we value most.

See the signs, be aware, we will only find resolution if 

we dare to step beyond congenialities.

Each sole survivor in this human race will only survive

tests of time if we flavour our thoughts with grace and

understanding. A common mind.

     Apathy has no place.

We must learn to love one another before we run out of time.


© 2024 j.g. lewis

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