October 18, 2013

The opportunity to create beauty surrounds us all.  The world is changing and has evolved into a place where artful expression still exists but may need to change venue.  People today may not make the effort to got to a museum to see art, but that does not mean that the world does not still need it, rather they know it or not.  When the government shuts down, they rob us of our national parks as a means to cut the budget and get us through “hard times.”  Actually, during hard times we need even more to surround our spirits with the beauties of this world.  

We can do something about it though, look for creative ways to bring beauty into this world.  You get the satisfaction of knowing you have created the beauty and others get to feel the positive energy of the creation.  If you are able to turn something that is otherwise an “eye sore” into beauty, then even better.  Just like our inner self, we can either let it be blocked by cob webs or turn it into something filled with beauty.

September 6, 2013

Animals.  They still bring a sense of wonder to life.

September 5, 2013

You persecute those for their beliefs, their lifestyles, their choices based off of your interpretation of what you perceive to be a higher being’s thoughts or words written thousands of years ago by men claiming to write the word of God.  You sacrifice time with your children based off those thoughts and beliefs, you condemn others and alienate yourself from other cultures and beliefs.  

If you are right then when death comes they will face their maker just as you predict, but if you are wrong, what have you sacrificed?  Accepting someone for who they are is not accepting their beliefs as your own and it is not a sin even in the book that you hold so dear. It is embracing a human being and not taking upon yourself to be the judge and jury for their fate following death.  It is their death that they must face, therefore it is their life to live.  

September 3, 2013

Dare to see beyond what you think you see.  Beauty is all around us and never leaves us.  Even in the darkest of times there is beauty waiting to embrace us through the pain. 

Let go of your blindfold also known as ego, and see and experience the world around you like never before and without the weight of self inflicted pains and hate as you try to be better than everyone else.  Just be a better you and live life!

September 2, 2013

"Why do you believe what you believe?"  These are the words that were spoken to me by a college professor when I was 18 years old.  ”Don’t believe something just because your parents do. Believe it because you asked the questions and sought the answers for your self.”  He was a man that had been a father figure to me throughout my life and then sat before me in a class room as one of the greatest professors I have ever had in my entire formal education.

He was the man that took me to church and put a Christian foundation upon me, but then he did something magnificent.  He gave me permission to fly and find my own truth and that was okay.  

Since that time it has taken a lot of patients on my part and self discipline to continue searching and seeking the high truths of this world and my own path.  I will forever remember that day when he said those words to that classroom and to me.

The great men and women in our history have always walked a path a little off the main road.  So we can be ordinary and follow the same footsteps and men and women before us, or we can dare to go off the beaten path.  We may find rougher terrain, we may even fail more than those who take the easy road, but the lessons learned will be worth ever scrap, every scratch, every scar.

August 28, 2013

Do you hate when people write about things they have never experienced and then tell you how to get past the pain of it?  I do.  I have been writing about getting through struggles by trying to take the time to learn lessons of life during such times and rise up even stronger. So I thought it appropriate to write tonight when I myself, am in the bowls of life. Facing the greatest darkness ever felt in my life.

My partner and I have a hurdle to over come. I am scared, no, I am terrified. The details of the matter I will not bore you with, since it is the emotions of it that connect us all for many have felt them for some reason or another.

Life for me has seen great joys and pain. I have escaped the fate death at by my hand. I have felt joys so great telling the stories of those adventures still brings on laughter as strong as living in the moment of it.

Tonight, I lay alone, away from the greatest love of my life. Tears in my eyes, pain in my heart.  The unknown lurking about me like a monster in the night.  Not knowing how I will face tomorrow or if I will face it alone. Depression is a good word, though I have not fully been engulfed in the darkness that it can bring on since there is hope that remains.  Just days ago I laid in a hammock laughing and passing the day by with not a single worry, and now I lay here, two days later, on a couch alone and scared of my own thoughts.

How can I emerge stronger? I know we gain greater awareness through the pain..  I do not yet know what lessons I need to learn from this, but I am not going to run from the pain. I will face it. Understand the cause of it and then let that pain go. I will not try to bury it, cut it or drug it. I will not try to numb it, though the temptation for all of that is strong.

I will be strong. It may take time, patients and a greater understanding of myself, but I will do it. As each minute passes it becomes harder to not let go.  One minute I feel strength, the next sheer madness.  I will rise up like a Phoenix from ashes.  I hope that it is along the side of my partner, a stronger and better us.

August 27, 2013

Awareness often comes from pain.  Though times may hurt and you wish to not face another day, seize the moment as an opportunity to learn and grow.  Understand a greater meaning and purpose.  Your home can be taken away from you.  You can lose your job or the ones you love.  Through everything, what you will always have is you.  

Understand this and realize that everyday you should be working to make you stronger, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.  Because those are things that cannot be taken away from you by anyone but yourself.  

Love yourself.

August 26, 2013

Today I am a going to … 

Laugh just because I want to.

Wave at a school just cause they are cool.

Sing a song even though I can;t sing in tune

Look for shapes in the sky

Discover a new band to listen to

Go for a walk and not miss a thing.

Stop to sing back to a bird.

And at the end of the day, I will stop to give thanks for it all.

Yes, I am going to find joy in small things today.  Thankful for another day to see the wonders all around me.  Not letting the stress of the insignificant things bother me.  

August 26, 2013
Alex K.: 45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old


1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay…

(Source: reginabrett.com)

August 26, 2013

Some of the greatest lessons of my life I learned at the feet of my grandmother.  One of my favorite stories of her took place when I was at an age where everyone believed I was too young to understand what they were saying, but I wasn’t.  I was the youngest of thirty two grandchildren, My grandmother had nine children, seven still alive at the time this story took place.

Everyone around my grandmother had spend the day buzzing about one of my cousins. She was in town and she brought her boyfriend, a black man.  The kids were all trying to figure out how to keep this big secret from by grandmother.  She was born in 1914 in Louisiana and grew up during a time of segregation, she was a Bible carrying Methodist turned Southern Baptist after she married my grandfather.  

I had heard everyone talking about this throughout the day.  By evening time, I was where I always am late evenings, at my grandmothers feet as she sat in her favorite recliner.  A life changing conversation took place.

My grandmother asked when her granddaughter was coming over for dinner. Everyone was side stepping it and as we say in the south, “Him hauling” around it.  After over two hours of persistence one of the kids finally said,  ”Mom, she is here with a friend.”

Well needless to say that was not enough explanation for my grandmother as to why on of her grandchildren wasn’t coming to see her.  So she kept asking.  Finally they said, “Mom, its her boyfriend and he is a black man.”

There was a silence.  My grandmother sat there for a moment and not another word was spoken until she said, “Well, don’t black men eat?

My grandmother’s response showed the entire family that anyone was welcome at her dinner table.  no matter what their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Truth is, in all of her life she never gave the impression that she had any prejudices, but her own family made assumptions and in part I think were justifying their own prejudices through a false portrayal of her.

She was a good woman, she had solid principles and morality.  She was threatened by no one, but loved everyone.

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