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.
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.
I so much want to whine today but I will post the following instead:
- From the movie “Forever Strong”: Rick Penning & Coach Gelwix: “I don’t do ANYTHING to embarrass myself, my team and my family.”
- Our political parties (summarized from debates and ads): “I do EVERYTHING to embarrass and belittle the other party & candidates, my constituents, and my country.”
- Other political/media pundits: “I do EVERYTHING to divide, manipulate and exploit the fears and ideals of EVERYONE who does not support my way of thinking.”
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is amazing how I can go through a year being busy, being frustrated, being excited, being tired…and not take a moment to sit quietly and express any gratitude for the time I share with others. Continue reading “Adventure Gratitude Moment”
Story. Life Journey. Life Map. Timeline. Legacy. History. Impact.
Accumulation. Clutter. Stuff. Storage. Hoarding. Knick Knacks. Collectibles. Continue reading “Story”
There are so many analogies and metaphors about footsteps that it seems self-serving to write yet another missive about them. Well, yes in a way it is but it is also my way to explain how everyday events can be used to help me relate stories and thoughts to others. Continue reading “Footstep Analogies & Metaphors”
If you are reading this then you are probably using a computer of some kind: a Mac, PC or Smartphone. You might have taken the liberty of customizing your lock screen or working screen background. You may have adjusted what happens when your computer is idle by turning on a screen saver of some ilk (it’s here we drop the smartphone which usually turn off). Screen savers originated as a result of a problem of image burn-in on the old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors where if you left an image on long enough, it literally becomes burned into the display and nothing will remove the ghost image.
We returned from several trips this past weekend. I think we’re done with major trips, kenneling and pet-sitting activities for a while but you never know. So where does that leave us? Continue reading “What To Do”
In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.
Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.
National Geographic gets this. Guess it was time for me to understand this applies to my personal collection of snapshots. Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…. Part 2”
I was browsing through some photos on one of our home computers when I ran across this photograph. In of itself, it is an okay photo however two thoughts percolated through my mind but could be summarized by “it’s always good to have company no matter how deep the water.” Continue reading “Oh Cay…”