• ease

    by  • August 26, 2011 • Uncategorized

    because it’s about ease
    the more you think about it
    the harder it becomes
    and if you have to force it
    you’re probably doing it wrong
    or at least there is probably an alternative
    that requires less force.

    We know this
    from watching people kick tires and
    wrench doorjambs
    we know this from
    feeling our muscles cry out
    when we forget to shift our weight
    when we lash out in anger
    when we hold on too tight.

    We know this.

    We know that pleasure and ease
    are indicators of health.
    We know that when the car doesn’t creak or groan
    it is well-tended
    well-oiled
    well-made.

    We know that we are not machines
    but we are like machines;
    that we need oil and gentle manuvers
    and not so much of the kicking and swearing
    that so often rides around in our heads
    like luggage strapped awkwardly to the top
    of an overfull station wagon
    bound for the other coast.

    We know
    that water seeks the easiest path
    that air takes the path of least resistance
    that children will run everywhere
    but adults will wear a rut in the gentlest route;
    we know that we are wired for efficiency
    that ease and efficiency are two faces of one thing
    like Janus,
    coming and going.

    We know that pleasure and desire are two faces
    of one thing:
    receiving and wanting.

    And we know
    that if we take an extra moment
    to look at the trees
    we will find the most easeful path
    and take it
    without even trying.

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