28 August 2022
This month, John shared three new poems, the vid above, photos of beautiful friends, and two gorgeous murals at SAME Cafe and Tattered Cover Books, Denver, Colorado.
Thanks so much, Johnny O!
Defying Odds – The Mural
*See John’s comment below explaining the beautiful story about this and other SAME Cafe murals. ♥.
Megan Robins, Mary Rosenburg (mural artist ↑), and John Olander, August 2022
Spirit is always Present.-JOHN OLANDER
The maze becomes precise.
Spirit, desire, fruition merged.
One in 10,000.
Acorn becomes Oak.
Megan Robins, John Olander, and Tommy Nahulu (mural artist ↓), August 2022
Where am I now?
Still listening, still seeking, but now,
Content, in the knowledge that I am blessed.
Content, in the experience of being ensconced in Grace,
Content, to feel omniscient connection,
Content, to have the privilege just to listen,
The opposite of absence is presence.
My individual presence is truly a divine presence to me,
Yes, the lion’s share of Maslow’s hierarchy is below me,
But in listening, seeking, breathing, releasing,
I did not have to climb that Mountain at all,
Only notice and release and SHE lifted me.
Thank you, Spirit.-JOHN OLANDER
The P List
The P list.
What am I proud of?
Another precious day.
Peerless, promising, not perfect.
One of the things that I am most proud of is that
I continue each day to evolve.
A unique work in progress at the Cellular level…
Somebody once said, and many have repeated,
“Let patience have it’s perfect work and you will
Be made whole and complete, Lacking Nothing.
Now, that’s a perfect thought.
But is requires profound control that I frequently
Do not possess or demonstrate.
Each day and moment I strive to release the past
and claim the present, your thoughts permeate
Your presence. That’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Your ability to be the unique presence that God made
Without pessimism, just peace.
We all need pride. Pride that God made us each unique,
Patiently claiming the present that is today.
To be present at our best so that we may benefit others.
I am proud that I am no longer pissed off at myself or the world.
I receive the precious payoff for my paramount presence, incrementally,
pricelessly, each plain, precious day is pay day Baby,
Imagine that!!-JOHN OLANDER
My name is John Olander, DCCA. I live in Denver, Colorado. I am the Rocky Mountain Director and Talent Scout for under1000skies.org. The letters after my name are self-made, just like I am: I am a Dot-Connecting Change Agent.
The 28th (“Gratitude Day”) is a special day of the month for JohnnyO.
On February 28, 2022, John celebrated his 14th month of sobriety. On that day, we began featuring John’s recent poems. Then every month on the 28th going forward, John hopes to share new material to celebrate each anniversary of his new journey.
Johhny’s original page on under1000skies: JohnnyO
John’s newest page: Touch 5JO