My Mandarin Moon – from “Seoul to Soul”


“Watching the orange half moon, rising over the bay. Random people stripping to skivvies, and Polar bearing the ocean waves.  Looks from passers-by at the foreigner, with her coffee, scribbling furiously.

Tonight, the moon looks like a mandarin slice, glowing and begging to be plucked and popped into my mouth.  Too bad the steel mill’s lights light the southeast side of the port like Mardi Gras.

It’s a beautiful night. It’s all going to be okay.  Take a breath and see that whatever you decide, you are okay.  The sun and moon will continue to rise, glowing in the east.  Look for the blooms along your walk. Be positive, laugh, smile, and stop being sad that your life isn’t what you’d planned.  It’s what you’ve decided to do with all of the randomness collected on your past roller coaster rides.

You are okay, you are good at what you do.  Let your heart, mind, and soul rest – be open to new things and let go of the past.  Don’t have a stagnating view of the future.  It is your daily choice of the attitude you’ll have.  Make good choices and don’t beat yourself up when it doesn’t work out, or you slide.  Just be, and do, your best.  Try to love yourself, and others again.  You can do it.  It’s all going to be okay, no matter what.  It’s just life.  It’s not a contest or a race.  It’s the experience of being alive, and listening to the lapping waves on a beach to melt a heart of stone.”

~ Maghie Raye

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