I have worn glasses since 7th grade. I would hint at how long ago that was but suffice it to say that it was just after dirt was created. Continue reading “The Art of Seeing Clearly”
Sometimes I sit back and wonder where all the time goes. I mean, I intend on doing this or that but for some reason, those carefully crafted plans never come to fruition. Why is that? What is keeping me from “being all that I can be” to quote a familiar motto? Continue reading “Discipline”
Once upon a time, two groups of people disagreed. Instead of working through their disagreement, some became so entrenched and emotionally attached to their opinions and views, they began building a wall. It was no ordinary wall because once the other group saw the wall going up, they too decided to add to the wall on their side. Those on the left believed they were always right, and only their ideas would ever work; those on the right thought they were always correct, and only their concepts would ever work. Continue reading “The Wall”
I am missing the sounds of whispers, conversation clarity, rustling leaves, the buzz of hummingbird wings, sounds of crickets, peeping of frogs, songs of birds…
…and thankful for technology that allows me to recoup some of this loss. The wind whipping the trees in a chaotic dance as the leaves and the birds make a symphony only nature could produce.
I find myself walking and looking down a lot. I call it the “thoughtful” or “troubled soul” way of walking depending on life’s events. I also find it a way of keeping the world “small” and somewhat controllable. Then I realize what I am doing and look up…and am amazed how that small movement can change my attitude. I stop then pivot my view and look straight up at the trees just beginning to bloom, the blue sky and the rushing clouds. And though I want to control everything in my life, it is good for me to pause in wonder and awe at life around me. I become aware I am part of a larger story…one totally out of my control and that it’s okay to let go, be at peace in the moment, and just rest my swirling thoughts.
After making a comment on-line about my desire yet hesitant need to post some personal opinions, a friend posted this response:
“The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.
Offend away, Pete”
Thanks, Mel! Continue reading “Soapbox”
Okay, every once in a while I read something which turns out to be something I have heard or read before. However, there are times when I run across the same material and an “Ah-Ha!” moment occurs. This is one of them. Continue reading ““The End” Momentarily Rescinded…Do I Need This Thing?”
A brief (or permanent?) interlude while the mind recovers from all of the attempts and self-imposed pressures of posting thoughts and reflections.
The domain and this material will remain for a while (after all it’s already paid for it) but new material may only appear…well, nowhere on-line.
Well, let’s just say life hands us new challenges…ones that require more attention and therefore pull us away.
And so, though I am still writing…short-ish stories…I will not feel the pressure to post new material.
Basically, I’m putting my Shoes On A Rail as far as these on-line postings are concerned.
When or if I return, I will ensure this site has an operable subscription link.
But for now…
What is RIND?
“Regrets If Not Done” – It’s a type of “bucket list” but focused on regret prevention. Continue reading “RIND”
Swimming requires knowledge, practice and overcoming fears.
- Knowledge on how to perform the strokes, breathing regime and kicks for the situation
- Practice to become more confident in the ability to handle yourself in the water and become better in the skills glide through the water safely.
- Overcoming the fears of drowning, the unknown and chaotic water events by hours of practice and knowledge will increase the confidence of how to handle ourselves.