Ha! When Tamara sent her photo over this week she said, How about a teenager who “don’t take no sh*t from nobody!”
And I thought, ” What a perfect definition of Moxie.”
Not taking any crap from anybody. That is moxie. Thinking back, somehow it seemed easier when I was younger. Well maybe not, teen angst did not spare me, but as I think back, it was easier to know exactly where I stood. Quick outrage, and loud proclamations were common back then. I was sure, even if common sense could disprove me.
Years of “getting along,” has taken it’s toll on me. In my efforts to be kind and not to ruffle feathers I’ve often quieted my opinions. My middle age concerns of being sure and “getting all the facts” replaced the quick and outspoken tirades of my youth and somewhere along the line certainty became my consideration.
The funny thing about certainty as one’s muse, she can never really be satisfied and easily morphs into an excuse. 100% just isn’t possible. Getting indignant and sharing my opinions can certainly benefit from some fact finding tempering, but the fire from which it is born comes from the truth, my truth.
January offers us a peek into her truth this week.
by January Handl
I just left the dishwasher open,
distracted by a compelling pull,
walked away from
the cupboards yawning open to swallow the clean coffee cups
to write this down:
last year at this time, the eve before my
I buzzed my head…
my students shared lice with me
my father was dead
my marriage was un-doing
Tonight I am leaving a secure, corporate
but lovely job
for lower paying,
maybe- get-by- by- the- skin- of- my- teeth
On the brink of
can’t wait to see what the next 50 brings
Her truth. My truth. YOUR truth.
Moxie week is upon us. I’m using it as inspiration to boldly share my opinions. Certainty be damned, I am letting my truth speak. How about you?
What truths of yours would benefit from a Moxie upgrade?
Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!
Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.
Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband 🙂
January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years, and currently is an early head start home visitor in her community. She resides with 2 dogs and a cat in Boulder Creek and and simply lives in awe of existence.
She calls her photo “hot tub bliss” 🙂
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