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Author's Notes: "On My Way to Work," is a special co-write that my wife, Ingrid, and I had just completed earlier today. The actual genesis in developing this rather novel theme on human beings learning to be "one" with nature, and in this quest, seeking to find the essence of true inner peace from within one's self was a definite exercise in both patience and thought. My wife was the one who presented her ideas first to me on this intriguing subject in some background notes she had first written in German. From that point onward, the flood gates of intellectual creativity took their own course in the English language, resulting in the finished narrative product you now have before you under the interesting title of: "On My Way to Work." Ingrid and I sincerely hope you will find the message of this new narrative poem to be interesting, enlightening, and uplifting. (Gary Bateman - May 6, 2018) (Narrative)

Theme Categories: creation, god, imagery, imagination, inspiration, nature, and symbolism. 

On My Way to Work

As usual, I was on my way to work. As I was driving along,
I was already busy thinking about problems and my situation
at work—restarting all over again at the very point I had left
off at work last evening before going home.

Suddenly and most surprisingly, I started to notice just how
wondrously beautiful this morning was—with its sunbeams
radiantly shining over the countryside, the fresh air, and trees
covered all over with blossoms.

With all this enchanted pleasantry, I began to wonder: What is
really the difference between a tree along the road and us—as
humans? The tree needs water, nutrients, sunlight and fresh air;
a place to live, atoms and molecules—and, at the end, there are
not really any basic differences at all since trees and humans
are both living organisms here on Earth subject to the same
basic support provided on God’s behalf by Mother Nature.

Yet, there is one really big difference: We (humans) allow the
never-ending, inner-circus-cinema moments of our mental doubts
to screw up our entire day! So much for the vaunted and overrated
“mental superiority” of human beings, eh? Really?

As I finally reach my work place now, still with a smile on my
face, I begin searching for a place to park my car. At that very
moment, there was another car starting to leave so I could take
its spot. It was a car from another company located in our city.
And then, to my utter amazement, I just happened to notice a
special logo on the side of that car with the company owner’s
last name: “Peace.”

I was really surprised at this simple course of events leading up
to this very special moment. Yet, at the same time, I was totally
at ease with a complete sense of peace with my true inner self.

Still feeling being one with nature as God’s own creation, I then
suddenly realized the lesson I was taught this morning of a simple
workday: If you want to experience peace you have to cut out first
those never-ending, inner-circus-cinema moments of mental anguish.
Only then, can you be at ease to appreciate this special moment on
this day, and you feel you are part of nature and creation—and are in
harmony and peace.

I was very much touched, and told myself: Whenever you are feeling
stressed, busy and alone, remember this very morning—and closeout
the mind-chatter and just focus on nature—there you can always be
one with nature, and therein lies real peace and harmony.

Gary Bateman and Ingrid Krukenberg-Bateman – A Collaborated Poem
Copyright © All Rights Reserved – May 6, 2018 (Narrative)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 6/10/2018 4:04:00 PM
Very much enjoyed your narrative and the message that comes with it, Gary & Ingrid! Nature is capable of being such a gifted teacher! May we also learn from it and thus live in peace and harmony! Best regards // paul
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/12/2018 4:14:00 PM
Hello Paul, It is indeed always a great pleasure to hear from you!! Ingrid and I are both very pleased you liked our co-write here with its focus on "Nature." I just wish that more people would take Nature more seriously than they do. We agree with you that Nature is truly a gifted teacher. Best Always, Gary
Date: 5/16/2018 10:45:00 AM
A beautiful standardised English . A paradigm of good poetry you own. and a sense of humour naturally gotten. Stay safe
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Gary Bateman
Date: 5/16/2018 11:05:00 AM
Hello Poetic Flame, Thanks for your insightful comment. A devout sense of humour is always good to have. We really appreciate your read of our mutual work here. Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/16/2018 8:54:00 AM
- A wonderful co write with your lovely wife Ingrid, Gary - Sorry I did not read it before ... - Lots to do and think about the last 14 days ... sickness and death in the family - Best wishes to you both :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 5/16/2018 9:16:00 AM
Hello Dear Anne-Lise, Thanks for your wonderful comment here on our co-write!! We are both very sorry to hear about the sickness and death in the family. You and your family are always in our thoughts, prayers, and blessings. I will send you an e-mail too, very soon!! Cheers and Best Always, Gary
Date: 5/9/2018 8:33:00 PM
Excellent poem Gary! You summed up God’s great gift of peace through nature beautifully. Well done my friend! ( Yes, I am finally back:-) All the best, Donna
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Date: 5/11/2018 3:47:00 PM
Hello Donna!! Glad to see that you're back now. Ingrid told me of your comment here the other night. We are both pleased that you liked this co-write of ours. I will be in touch again soon. Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/9/2018 11:16:00 AM
Wonderful read, Gary (and Ingrid). Maybe we humans would be better off...and more at peace...if all we had to do was grow tall, spread our limbs to provide shade, and maybe produce fruits or nuts. Oh, wait...the human race already produces plenty of nuts. Oh, well.
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Date: 5/9/2018 11:32:00 AM
Hello Jim, Thanks for your read here of our co-write and for your enlightening and humorous comments. We are both pleased you liked our narrative poem here. And, yes -- for sure, our wondrous "Human Race," warts and all, does already produce plenty of NUTS!! Enuff Said!! Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/9/2018 8:10:00 AM
WoW! Gary, You and your dear wife write well together. I must admit I never thought about the similarities of a tree and a human. I agree with the message of this well written piece, if we block all of mental anguish that goes on in our minds and notice the beauty all around us (nature).We gain a new perspective and we are open to embrace peace. Excellent job:-) Alexis
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Date: 5/9/2018 8:24:00 AM
Hello Alexis, Thank you very much for your read here on behalf on both Ingrid and me!! And thanks also for your timely comments here as well. Over time, Ingrid has continued to write more and more with me. We've written a few other poems on the past dealing with Nature and the Ethereal. We are both very pleased that you liked our narrative here. Hopefully, over time, more and more people will begin to realize the undeniable importance of Nature in our daily lives and in the greater world!! Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/9/2018 7:45:00 AM
If I saw a tree arguing about the toothpaste cap...well it would all be over for me lol...nature is our teacher...but like spoiled brats, we don't usually listen...a superb read & light...^WW^
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Gary Bateman
Date: 5/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Thanks WW!! I know that my wife, Ingrid, will be pleased as I am to read your comments here about the importance of Nature. I hope that more people would have the insight you have on Nature. Nature truly is our teacher. Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/7/2018 11:33:00 AM
beautiful collab with your wife, gary... what a wonderful world if we seize each moment and live in the now!.. huggs
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Date: 5/8/2018 2:14:00 PM
Hello Dear Nette, Thanks for taking a read of this latest collaborated work with my wife. You're right, "seizing each moment" and "living in the now," give us each a chance to become more front and center in life, and with life in general. Ingrid and I are very pleased you liked our latest selection here!! Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 5/6/2018 1:48:00 PM
Brother, you said it! Turn off the TV and get outside and enjoy nature while the weather permits. I do love the tranquility of the outdoors. Enjoyed the enlightening poem, Gary and Ingrid:)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 5/7/2018 4:18:00 AM
Hello Danny!! Thanks very much for your most gracious note here. We both could not agree with you more. Nature is truly grand and so precious. The driving idea behind this particular poem came largely from Ingrid. She always influences me greatly on topics of this nature. Cheers and Best Always, Gary
Date: 5/6/2018 9:36:00 AM
This is an excellent message with this writing Gary. So true and I couldn't agree more! Very well done. Thanks for sharing :)
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Date: 5/6/2018 9:43:00 AM
Thanks Heidi, on behalf of both Ingrid and me!! We ended up developing this one rather quickly since last night. This theme certainly captured our mutual imagination and focus. We are both very pleased that you liked it Heidi!! Best Always, Gary