Having you around makes me happy, makes me smile.
Having you here …but there,
Makes my smile …like clouds,
Afraid to come out.
Don’t be, I feel weird all the time.
When I come I want you to shine like the sun you are.
You pour positivity and smiles into me.
If you’re afraid to radiate we’ll both suffer.
(Writings to my beautiful college teen)
To thine own self be true
Appearance is a concept that leads to perception. We envision, perceive, admire what we see in outward appearances, and cast them all as true.
Looking, believing that all things are true. That all things are for real. That things are always what they appear to be.
Love, hate, success, failure, laughs, cries, happiness, sadness, beauty, life, stillness, peace, turmoil.
Things aren’t always what they appear to be. Look deep inside yourself. Uncover the truth. All that glitters is not gold…But to thine own-self be true.
To lead, to Wade…Darkness. Life’s unexpected changes often knock us off our feet. Business fail. Sudden job loss, relationship spiral, sickness, accidents, natural disasters, tragic losses. These changes knock us off our feet causing darkness in our souls, our lives, our all. We look around and all we see is gloom and doom.
Questions abound often going unanswered. Why? Why didn’t we listen? Why weren’t we forewarned? …Then how. How could this happen? How could we have not seen, or heard? How can they not care?
Enter the example of the ‘sudden’ departure of Basketball’s Icon Dwayne Wade from the Miami Heat . The why’s, the how’s, and the blames reign. Answers provide little comfort as he walks behind the heels of those gone before.
That’s how it is with change. It throws us off balance and causes alarm, cries, and sighs. We want things back the way they were!
But often there are warning signs.
So today activate your senses. Keep your eyes wide open…see. Keep your ears attuned. Look around. Listen. Often the signs are very evident if only we are in tune.
Stay healthy. Stay alert. Stay focused. As darkness draws nigh, we always see the sun setting.
The vibes; the rythms; the mystic music enthuse our frame of mind and instigate thoughts that Quiets our souls in distant love. Island… creates the feeling of contentment that all is well. No matter how busy life gets, an island waits in the distance to soothe our longings.
Why not plan a getaway to any of the caribbean islands – Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Cayman, and more. Listen…can you not hear it? They are a Calling with promises of lazy days basking in the sun, sea and sand.
Literally, figuratively, or virtually…it’s all the same. Staying up late studying, working, or playing the role of the new born parent. That’s the meaning of the phrase burning the midnight oil. It originated from the 1600s practice of literally staying up late to finish work…
Today it’s meaning extends to waiting in line to get the latest release of the iPhone or other noteworthy … or should I say wait-worthy item. You then scream to the world that you’re among the forerunners to get the envied product!
Whatever your dream; whatever your goal; burn that midnight oil and achieve it! It’s those who sacrifice much that achieve much. Success in store for sure.
Burn baby…, burn!
Business, career, family, life and the facets that engulf our daily experiences. Clouds like scales cover our eyes that we fail to see the Vision of a future so dear. A future that’s past reminiscing what has been…, blocks the possibilities of what can be.
Open wide our eyes. See the possibilities. Reach higher. Believe. We will Achieve.
Water…a necessity for life. For living. We can’t do without it.
Surprisingly, I came across a site that captures only raindrops. It caught my attention as I love the different forms water comes in. It may be the river, the sea, the tap, waterfall, canal, stream; it may even appear through bursts of lightening and thunder!
Water though essential to living can also be extremely dangerous. It gives life and it can take it. Should we be afraid? No, not at all. As with many things in life it’s our approach that counts. Either we care for it, plan for it, or neglect it as in hurricane warnings and suffer the consequences.
Today, may we bask in the comfort and delights of magical streams. Let’s dream. Let’s quiet our hearts with distant love.
Deprived. Deprived of sleep. Deprived of food, love, or the ability to satisfy life’s basic needs of shelter and more can create longings so deep, words can hardly describe. Suffering a lack of benefit that is considered important… that’s the meaning of deprived. I spent a week traveling by plane, train, bus, taxicabs, and on foot across our nation’s capital – Washington DC. Severe weather conditions created havoc causing flight cancellations, delays, hunger, and deprivation of simple necessities.
Enter positive mental attitude. Delays provided the opportunity to read, people watch, and smile at life’s little things. Things that commonly get lost when things are going right.
I walked away being thankful for life’s setbacks…for though I don’t like it and at times get quite annoyed, deprivation can provide opportunities for resilience, creativity, and much more. Oh to bask in life’s simple things.