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 is a special day of the month for JohnnyO.
On February 28, 2022, John celebrated his 14th month of sobriety. That day, we also featured two of John’s recent poems. Every month on the 28th going forward, John hopes to share new material to celebrate each anniversary of his new journey.
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.!
Spirit is always Present.-John Olander
The maze becomes precise.
Spirit, desire, fruition merged.
One in 10,000.
Acorn becomes Oak.
Contented Presence-John Olander
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.
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,-John Olander
pricelessly, each plain, precious day is pay day Baby,
28 July 2022
What do I like?
I like the fact that even my major problems are minor,
Inconsequential bumps in the road.
I like the fact that people call on me to help them and that
I am pleased to be able to do so.
I like the fact that I can still lose myself in a blissful unawareness
Of time, even if it is an occasional privilege indeed. Yes, folks…
I like the fact that when even such bliss sends my best-laid plans
awry, I can still adjust on the fly.
I like the fact that despite my boundless curiosity, and multiple
fascinations, there will never be a shortage of things to learn.
I like the fact that I don’t expect from others or desire in myself
Perfection, I’d never get anything done.
I like the fact that almost each and every day, I get to participate in
some other unanticipated delight.
I like the fact that even so early in my journey to wellness, I am
Beginning to again appreciate all of the subtle nuances in nature.
I like the fact that I am clueless as to just what other unexpected like
will enlighten my world today.
A likable state indeed, to be enjoyed by all.
What is a contagious like Like?
Let me repeat that
Kinetic and kindred.
Can I get a like?-John Olander
Kids and Cooking
John and I meet weekly to discuss his upcoming memoir. As the project comes together, I’ll share parts of his story here. John’s story is one of the most inspiring, interesting, and triumphant stories I have ever heard.
Thank you so much for your creative gifts and for your friendship over the years, John.
♥. Niki Flow, Founder