Category Archives: Thoughts

Appearances

All that we see is oftentimes more than it appears…

All that appears is usually not the sum total of the whole…

And what the eyes can see is often very deceiving…

Consequently, what we think is often based on an opinion of illusive information.

 

God’s blessings upon your journey!

Conscience and Common Sense

In every instance, let your conscience be your guide,

but always let your higher common sense dictate action!

Feeling Low

Have you ever felt so low that you could sit on a cigarette paper and dangle your legs? You feel so low that you’ve sunk to the very lowest depth of depression. Why, you would have to look down to see up.

Nothing is right. The sky is not blue enough, and the sun is hung upside down. Food tastes bad, and music is just noise. You have left the blues far above you and reached a new low.

Talking only irritates you during your descent into oblivion and depression. Besides, you wish to wallow alone in your  misery. You are the best pessimist ever created. (Everyone knows a pessimist is simply an optimist who thought of it first.)

Suddenly, you awaken, and a smile breaks the planes of your face as a random thought comes to mind. You were actually only half-low because there’s always whale crap, which is on the bottom of the Ocean!

Smile as you journey onward, my friends.

Meditation or Visualization

Lying among wild flowers in a high country meadow, my nose is enjoying their fragrant smells mixed with that of spruce and pine trees.

I inhale and exhale deeply for several breaths and then my breathing settles down to normal as I lay quietly, enjoying the smells, warm sun on my face, and bird sounds.

My consciousness is aware of the quiet calmness, absent any noise of everyday commerce such as traffic, horns, sirens, trucks, etc.

My head is turned sideways, and a slight but tiny movement catches the corner of my eye. My eyes focus and closer examination reveals a beautiful red-and-black dotted small rounded body moving along a narrow leaf towards the stem of a large wildflower. It is a little ladybug moving along with determination. As I focus closer, I see little white specks on the flower stem, and some of them are moving slowly. Now I could see and understand the destination of this little bug. She is going to dine on her favorite prey. I turned my head back and looked at the robin’s egg-blue sky for a few minutes. Then I closed my eyes.

All was well and in harmony. Everything in my world that should be balanced was indeed balanced. All the equal and opposites were equally blended. At this point in time, all was beautiful and perfect in my world: No fuss, no hurry, no cares, and of course, no worry.

Since everything is perfect and good in my world, there is nothing left to do except take a nice nap.

Happy and safe travels on your journey!

High Country Meadow

High Country Meadow

 

Lost Time

If we be going, let us be gone

For wasted time has already flown.

Like seeds in ground already sown,

Time has fled to parts unknown.

Sadness enters at its waste –

We could already be at our desired place!

Small Things

It’s folly to neglect attention to small things or acts which are important,

Yet give more attention and great detail to things which are unimportant!

Do You See Me?

Young folks look at old folks,
No longer in or cool.
Smart phones, tablets, television games, FaceBook
Are more to their school.

I’m just full to bursting with curiosity:
When you look my way, I wonder, what do you really see?
Do you see an author, poet, or just an old, aging man?
One day you’ll age, too, and begin to understand.

I hope in your aging you become very wise,
Then you’ll see what I see through these older eyes.
I know you don’t know me and really have no clues.
You haven’t walked one step, let alone countless miles, in my shoes.

Once like you, I was young with an attitude of devil-may-care,
Dancing and flirting with pretty girls and very hard to scare.
Today you dance to Hip Hop, but if I may be so bold:
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis gave us our music – called Rock and Roll.

I’ve traveled many roads, accomplished many things.
It all happened so very fast, I believe my feet had wings.
Life unfolded before me and holds me tightly in her embrace.
Wonders and tragedies etched these lines you see in my face.

Don’t try to put us all in wheel chairs or surround us with a fence.
You see, we possess knowledge you’ll need, but most of all experience.
Unlike you, there was no one around to guide, tell or show me
The secrets they had found.

I know you’re full of vitality and vinegar with energy to burn.
You have an itch you can’t scratch and hate to await your turn.
Good things come to those who wait,
Just one more thing you’ll learn.

So much to learn, so little time, and later you’ll realize my words ring true.
You’ll probably wish you had listened better before your trails are through.
So now my question begs an answer:
What do you really see when you look at me?

Wouldn’t You Know It?

Beautiful roses, rough soil can endure…

The sweetest most often

Live and grow in debris and manure.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving

I am very grateful to be here to see and enjoy it. Our weather is twenty-eight degrees on our patio thermometer, and a light snow is gently falling.

My wife and I were watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with all the colorful floats, balloons, marching bands, music, and of course untold numbers of smiling, happy performers and people.

Many thoughts filled my mind as I watched and marveled. How blessed we are to live in such a wonderful country where we can revel and rejoice in the season.

Thoughts of France, Brussels, Mali, Syria, and other countries that are experiencing loss of loved ones, strife, turbulence, and displacement make me thankful for our country.

My humble and sincere “Thank you” goes out to all of our military men and women, regardless of where they are stationed. I want to wish all of them,  our relatives, friends, and countrymen a warm and happy Thanksgiving today as we break bread. I wish happiness and blessings to all.

Reflections

There are so many, I know not where to start.

As I sit quietly and reflect,

My wondering thoughts and memories to collect,

Memories stir in my consciousness which awaken my heart.

 

Foolish words and deeds,

Poor choices made in youth without reason,

Like layers of paint on the wall

Add up, season after season.

 

Young and crazy, detached and aloof,

Speaking lies, innuendo, trash without proof.

Age brings wisdom.

Reflection brings enlightenment.

Rake not among old bones, searching for the truth.

 

If you receive a blessing, give thanks with your mouth.

It matters not where you are from…north, east, west, or south.

Blessings are not always recognized as such in the beginning.

Smile, and never look a gift horse in the mouth.

 

Sometimes, we do the right things for the wrong reason.

Sometimes, we do the wrong things for the wrong reason.

Try to do the right things for the right reason.

The end result will be so much more satisfying and pleasing.

 

Mistakes are the building blocks of experience it seems.

When we try to achieve a thing, sometimes we make mistakes.

Learning from our errors enables us to overcome,

Allowing us to move forward, fulfilling our hopes and dreams.

 

When done right, we live to age and grow old.

Aging is not for the faint of heart, at least so I’m told.

A heavy conscience of wrong choices builds memories to prick the soul.

Good memories and experiences are more precious than finest gold.

Slow Progress - Trying

Slow Progress – Trying

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