Embrace It All?

Living life
without an ounce of gratitude
is living without realizing
the vast blessings
bestowed by life’s
givings

Living life
Being grateful for only what
has been so gratiously given
provides only half of
the vast blessings
bestowed by life’s
givings

Living life
Offering thanks for the pleasure
but not the pain the sun
but neglecting the rain
embraces not fully
the vast blessings
bestowed by life’s
givings

Living Life
With regard only to the wins
Celebrating only success
Grateful to only that
But not the full
bounty that is
life’s givings
bestowed
is to
embrace
all of
living life?

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I love being a goofball

I love being such a goofball!!!

Don’t you absolutely love laughing at yourself?

I provide myself quite a few opportunities! Today, I went through my neighborhood and asked everyone who was outside, “Do you need anything?” To a man (or woman) they all looked at me like I have four heads. Sometimes, I get that shake of the head like, “You are such an oddball.”

I do this anyway. I always ask, “do you need anything?” or “how can I support you?” Those are simply part of my vocabulary. I don’t see myself as being “good” by doing it but rather it’s something that feels completely natural. Do whatever feels good and feels natural, right? (Sometimes, not so much).

For me, I believe it is hereditary. Something in the gene pool, because my parents are absolutely radical when it comes to helping people – including total strangers. My sister she is always helping others.

For me, I like being a problem solver. I probably love making people laugh as much as anything there is. I enjoy that look when someone lights up from being excited, or that feeling that someone is smiling on the inside, to making someone blush to the point that her face completely changes color.

What does this to anything? It helps me provide a sense that someone may be the exact opposite of me, but maybe it is just in their DNA as well. That’s who they are.

Went for the most glorious walk a few minutes ago. Love long walks. Tonight, I was even more introspective than usual.

  •   The good thing that happens to one may be the bad thing that happens to another.

    It is the reason that I do not get excited when the hurricane misses me. Yes, I am extremely grateful beyond belief. I am equally humble that my relief is at someone else’s expense. That helps me stay grounded.

  • * Left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right……if you can’t see me right now, I am talking faster and faster as I go along.

    I, as of us this morning have made a commitment to myself to watch 0 hurricane coverage and news in general. Why? Because, I am preparing no matter what. I am going to be going through the same process. Is the news helping me or is it hurting me? For me, it is the latter. It creates anxiety in an already anxious time.

  •  What a beautiful sight it is, and I am taking it all in every ounce, every drop, every savory one to the very last that is all around me.

    It won’t be long when the landscape may very well be changed to the point of being unrecognizable. Granted, life is in constant flux and change so I practice being cognizant of the fact that when it comes to nature it is ever evolving and if we look close enough it’s not the same twice.

  •  What lesson do I need to learn?

    Life provides opportunities to better myself, so I’m learning more and more about perspective. What is important? What matters? Who matters? And, what is not? And, who is less so? Because, our time on this plane is such a precious gift. We can lose it, in a fraction of a heartbeat but we have already lost it if we don’t see the amazing gift it is.

    Life provides obstacles that helps me to provide introspection. How can I be better? As a person? As a human being? As a contributor to this planet? How am I serving? And, how am I hurting?

    Life provides a matter of perspective. We look at the calamity that is, whatever it may be but how often do we put it in perspective. For example, how much differently would be drive (if at all) if on the news every day it was provided in the most graphic of details every car accident that happened during the day. It would soon delve into the psyche that driving is not only dangerous but borderline insane And, yet how many of us on a daily basis get into the car without hesitation and without any regard of ramification that it may be the last time we are on the road again.

    I’m drunk.    While I may have never been drunk on alcohol, I’m drunk on the liquor of life. She is intoxicating. And, I can’t get it enough. I wouldn’t say I have a problem, but then again, maybe that means I do have one. But, then again, some things are better done in complete and utter excess, so I shall have me another and then another. Because, life, oh baby she is beautiful!!!!

 

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

We Are One

Tip for my  fellow Florida peeps: Have someone outside the emotional attachment who is a trusted friend who is also very rational in their thinking provide some feedback

Example: Yes, I was getting emotionally charged about my place even to the point of considering leaving. But, cooler heads prevail.

My next door neighbor is a fireman, his wife a nurse, my other next door neighbor is a retired police offer. I had the latter come and get his feedback as well as from a friend who is my trusted go to guy who has been through and seen everything there is. The result is unanimous. Stay put.

My house has one of the newest roofs in the neighborhood. I have a cement structure on a newer home. It is one story and a single car garage (a good thing right now). I have three safe rooms, not including my garage, which I can use as one as well.

So, here’s my point. Let cool heads prevail. Someone who is honest and will provide helping feedback – NOT HURTFUL, which is oh so prevalent right now.

For those who are concerned about us, we got this. We appreciate your concern, but worrying doesn’t help either of us.

For those that are religious – pray OR worry, but don’t do both. We will accept prayers, good will and positive vibes all day long. For those that are not religious, just send us the good tidings, and we will be grooving to that as well.

It won’t be pretty, but my neighbors have all ready said that we are all a community and after we will pull together to do what needs to be done to help one another. As a larger community, Florida will do the same. And, an even larger community beyond that, we as people will, no matter where we are we will be here for one another. I know it. We will need assistance from those in other areas to get back to normalcy, and we thank you in advance.

And, we are all facing one storm or another. Asia has flooding, we know what Houston went through, there are fires in multiple states, and we are all facing our own much more personal storms on an individual basis.

For me, I can offer my contribution through my writing. It’s what I do. Maybe it will help someone somewhere in a way that I could not imagine, because that is the power of our connectivity.

The more precarious the situation, the more it has a tendency to bring out the best and the worst in people (including myself). We have that in all of us. We are not immune, and what I have learned more than anything else in the last 24 hours is how Pro-Choice I am right now.

No. No. Not THAT Pro-Choice but the choices people by the thousand are making right now that are life and death that affects them and their families. There is not anyone I can think of who does not take their choice lightly. Whatever they decide for themselves and their family, they have done so with the best of intentions, including myself. It may not be what you would choose, but then again, what you choose may not be what others would either.

We are a community. When natural disasters strike there are zero borders. I have friends from all over the world, and have heard from many different countries, states, and down to a man (or woman) we all have one common goal – we all want to be safe.

And, can we all get naked for a second. We all die. All of us. Whether it is a storm or walking down the street, or whatever it may be. Most of us, we really don’t want to die right now, and some of us really love this life we are living and really want to continue on to even greater challenges that most likely lie ahead. Most of us will, and I know my next challenge will be better served because I did endure this one.

For myself, I like so many of us, I’m doing it alone and that in of itself has his positives and negatives. But, can I please just for a split second just ask if you, and I, if we could all take a deep breath. That’s probably enough. Take two or three deep breaths, including myself, and re-center ourselves because when cooler heads prevail, we are much sharper and less apt to make stupid mistakes (which we all make).

I do want to say thank you again for your thoughts and your well wishes. I can say for all of us, we are grateful and appreciative of each and every one’s kindness. Facebook is a global community, and one of the reasons I love this particular tool is what it provides us right now.

Wherever you are today, it is the day that maybe someone’s life may be helped by not being hurtful, because we all need a little help in one or another, and we all are in this together.

Peace my dearest friends.

We are taught to be good,
but don’t necessarily
learn to be healthy.
We all breathe
but don’t always live.
We are taught to sit
but don’t necessarily
learn to stand.
We may look
but don’t always see.
We are taught to do what’s right
but don’t necessarily
learn to be kind.
We might talk
but don’t always listen.
We are taught to recite
but don’t necessarily
learn to think.

Naked, Lets Get, Me and You

Into the darkness, she reveals herself
With but a murmur scarcely audible
Her voice cowering as she tries
In vain to conceal herself
From her being naked


There are things
I don’t like about you
There are things
I don’t like about me

Waiting, impatiently she turns away
Unable to look at what is directly
In front of her the harsh reality
That is the truth unveiling


I look at me
And, there is not
Everything I want to see
There is not
Everything I want to be

Stumbling, words they become
A jumbled mess attempting
To escape all at once
Chaotic jailbreak


But, I keep looking
Stripping off masks
Of insecurity
To look deeper
Getting naked
With myself
And, being ok
With every
Scar of hurt
Scratch of
Desperation
Wrinkle of
Worry

Daringly, they do, marching
Out of her mouth rolling off
Her tongue in complete
Synchronicity


I look at you
And, there is not
Everything I want to see
There is not
Everywhere I want to be

Stumbling, trying to take
Hold her words are
Powerful and yet
Intriguing


But, I keep looking
Stripping off masks
Of insecurity
To look deeper
Getting naked
With you
And, being ok
With every
Scar of hurt
Scratch of
Desperation
Wrinkle of
Worry

Courageously, she finds great
Insight in the plight that is
Hungry for more as she
Keeps her focus


There are things
I like about you
There are things
I like about me

Timidly, the shroud of secrecy
Is lifted as she reveals it all
Letting her words drop
To the floor exposing
Herself completely


It is a matter
Of what I choose
To see
In you
Of what I choose
To see
In me

Calmly, she licks her lips
Cocks her hips and
Proceeds to dance
Seductive provocative
She is in a trance


If we can
Find that the
Distance
Is not too great
That we cannot
Bridge that gap
Meld into one
Bring together
All that we are

Longingly, the trance
Becomes a stance
For which she
Owns


For all our myriad
Of holes
Being able to fully
Acknowledge
Our truth
Holding true
To being you
Holding true
To being me
Knowing we are
Me and you
Whole
Knowing we are
Me and you
One

Into the light, she reveals herself
Without the need to be audible
Her voice powerfully silent
No constraint to conceal
Herself from being
Completely
Naked

Today, She Burns

Being grateful
for each step
never underestimating
the power
of the moment
when at any second
something so unbelievably
amazing and beautiful
may arise
out of yesterday’s
ashes
being thankful
for every gift
every breath
every one
watching
as life’s eternal flame
burns bright

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