i carry…

i carry a stick, a backpack too.


there is no sound but for my footsteps along the rocky, desolate trail and that of the vastness which surrounds me. there is no feeling but for the plea of my lungs struggling for breath

…there is nothing at all and there is everything too.


up to this point, this body felt like it was carrying me

along the path, over mountains, across valleys and through rushing streams.

it felt like it was carrying my person

the one shown to the world – the one that has a name- the one that has form.


but, in this space of absolute perfection and presence, i know that that isn’t true. yes, this body carries my tissue and my person, but it is the reality of me that is not seen that carries it,

the space inside that exists regardless of the vessel

…the space inside that exists beyond all reason.


who is the i that carries? the i am – mother, coach, teacher, writer, sculptor… survivor?

there is her – the one that is connected to time and space. she exists out there

in front of where i can see.


but, there is also the i that is so much more

the i that is you and me and him and her and everyone

the i that carries all but none

the one aware of the illusion

the i that is here, now, on this mountain pass

inhaling and exhaling, inspiring and committing

— alive!


this interior i feels no fear, knowing that this body will soon be gone – one day no more.

all that will remain will be this intangible essence that carries all

… along the wind and across peaks, through clouds and amongst constellations

through its breath and through all the words that rise and fall

one into the other

disappearing into another dimension

carrying all

and being carried by all.


i am is where the earth meets the sky.

be still.

i am is where there is God.


  1. Romes on December 8, 2016 at 11:00

    I carry a stick and a backpack, too! Thanks, Annette! I look forward to this journey and following you. Love, it’s all there is. xo

  2. Maarten on December 9, 2016 at 11:00

    Thanx for taking me on this journey

  3. William Moretti on December 10, 2016 at 11:00

    I’ve known Annette for over 25 years and she’s been THE biggest influence in my life. She is caring, empathetic and supportive with great wisdom and insight. She has coached me, both formally and informally, over the last 25 years and I am deeply grateful that I’ve been able to achieve an amazingly fulfilling life. I am still growing and learning and happy to have her in my life.

    By the way, I’m her husband, and I’m deeply honored to say that you all are extraordinarily lucky to have such a person to guide you through your own journeys.

    • Annette Diamantopoulos on January 22, 2017 at 11:00

      right back at you, babe! you teach me everyday and help me see the world with new eyes! it is the people in our everyday life that make the biggest impact. dolche far niente!

  4. Annette Diamantopoulos on December 19, 2016 at 11:00

    …such a winding and often steep path … feels like we’re here to help carry each other:-)

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