Is it time of a vision check?

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

~Henry David Thoreau

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Of choices in the banquet of life . . .

Brunch at Lambertville Station

It’s been a while since my last blog entry.  For those among you who blog or journal, do you find it difficult to write when you’re thinking?  Sounds funny, doesn’t it?  But what I mean by that is, when your mind is occupied working its way through challenges aren’t words hard to find. Sometimes it does help to write out your thoughts and thereby work through the answers.  Sometimes, though, the log jams of rights and wrongs, pros and cons, challenges and answers or multiple choice options prevents their expression in words and that’s where my blog silence originated.

Life transitions are a challenge.  So many options to consider; so many changes requiring adaptation.  It’s enough to make one wish to be psychic.  Don’t we all want to know, with clarity, the answers.  If this choice is made – does it lead to happiness, financial security, or better relationships.  What does my future hold? What should my goals be and what’s the path to achieve them.  And, what of those choices that seemed right at the time, but now in the light of time may not have been the wisest or the most fruitful.  Is it time to change direction?

It is what it is but it becomes what you make of it when you believe and make it so.  What happens when the beliefs are challenged momentarily inhibiting one’s ability to make it so? In life’s transitions I suspect this is perfectly normal but nonetheless unsettling.

A while ago I blogged a quote from Auntie Mame

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death. Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame

Could it be that too many choices, too many opportunities sometimes result in a momentary starvation due to an inability to choose?

Hmmmmmmm!!! (A lightbulb flashes into the corners where shadows dwell.)  Time put that in perspective.

That’s a first world problem!

Time to count blessings in the midst of making choices.  Time to consider if the choice provides both the opportunity for personal fulfillment and happiness and the opportunity to contribute to a greater good.

In the words of Thoreau

“Not only must we be good,

but we must also be good for something.”

May you have clarity in your decisions, my friends.  May you recognize your blessings and your ability to bless others in those decisions.  Be blessed and be blessed to be a blessing to others.

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Of Nature’s Embrace . . .

Chesapeake Sunrise

A little backstory on today’s picture.

The picture was taken in 2005. It was the second year of my Mother’s five-year stay in a nursing home. My Sister was visiting and we took a brief overnight visit to St. Michael’s MD to relax in the midst of a very stressful time. The night of our stay there was a very violent thunder storm with strobe lightening as we were driving back from our dinner. In the morning when we awoke it was hot, muggy and cloudy.  Late morning I took a walk and found the sun breaking through the humid, mists and clouds.

God is truly a painter of light. The rays of the sunlight were truly liquid gold painted on the water. It was a scene that begged to be captured both in picture and words even as it was captured in my stressed-out heart.

I call myself neither professional photographer nor poet, but the same God who painted the scene inspired the picture and words and in those two days of brief vacation refreshed my soul.

Soli deo gloria!

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Reach for the sky . . .

Water Lillies

Send your roots deep.
Reach for the sky.
Then bloom.
Bloom.
Bring the beauty of your unique self to shine on all you touch.

 

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Pulling Together . . .

Pulling Together

Sometimes it takes a team to pull it all together.
Isn’t it great to have friends on whom you can rely?

 

 

 

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Do you hear the music?

This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings
And ’round me rings
The music of the spheres.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock

 

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Of Friends and Life’s Banquet . . .

Hanging Out With the Flock

Sitting here this morning sipping my coffee and looking at the ink stamp of a cat, in blue ink, on the back of my hand.  Hmmmm Last night was interesting.  In some ways it was like a blast from the past – in others – it couldn’t have been more different.  Last night I went to a small club where an indie rock group, The Atomic Narwahl, was playing.  I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I went to a club to listen to a group let alone indie rock.  I was there with friends whose son plays bass in the group.

It has me thinking this morning about how the people in our lives can stretch us, take us (literally and figuratively) places we might not have thought of going on our own.  I must admit I’m still a fan of classic rock, but I had a great time last night rocking out to a high energy band and I’m thankful my friends thought to invite me along.

Yesterday the blog was about inspiration.  Isn’t it interesting that sometimes inspiration can best be found travelling paths we would not have travelled if not for the presence of others in our lives.  Whether it’s business networking, creative endeavors or social activities, our lives can be incredibly enriched by the diverse people with whom we choose to share our time.

There’s a great line in the play, Auntie Mame:

Life is a banquet

and most poor suckers are starving to death.

Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame

 I’m most grateful for my friends who invite me to their tables to share in the banquet of their lives.

May your friends enrich your lives.  May you feast richly on the banquet of life’s new experiences, inspiration and blessings all the days of your life.

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