Friday, July 15, 2016

A Dream Is A Soft Place To Land

Oh, little blog, how you evade me.  Writer’s block is or even just inspiration seems to strike at the most inopportune times.  I have been writing this blog for years with many bouts of absence between.  I’ve since started different ones, but this one, my first; I cannot seem to give up.  At first it started with a strict purpose: travel and my experience with it, whether through road trips, plane rides, reading, listening to someone else’s experiences through music or just my dreams.  Looking back through it, it reads more like a diary of sorts, basically what I was doing or feeling at the time.  Maybe I should re-title it “Musings of an Incoherent Mind”.   Alas, this song by Sara Bareilles sums up for me how badly I want something, grasp it, realize it or let go. 

“A dream needs believing
To taste like the real thing
Like a stranger you recognize
So pure so electric
So sure so connected
To those little believers inside
May we all be so lucky
But dreams are elusive
The kind we’ve got so used to
It’s nothing I can feel
Nothing I can hold
Nothing I can have
Nothing I can own
Dreams come and they go…
But hold them and keep them and know that you need them”

The little dreamer in me believes that all dreams can come true, and will, even if they are a bit uneven and disordered.  Perhaps one day I’ll become a tattoo artist and the next a para glider and the day after that a Tibetan monk.  Whatever the case, it will all be happy travels. 

                         Image by Vincent Bourilhon

Monday, May 2, 2016

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Check this out.  I'm recently very inspired by waterfalls.  This one is in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Falls to be exact, and is yet another hidden gem on my to-do list.  I have posted details about this wonder previously, but this video captures the beauty and experience very well.  Enjoy and I hope to see some of you there soon!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

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Today I give you a short post for my busy morning, and something completely in sync with my thoughts for today:

As the music on my blog suggests "I'm running with the wolves tonight".

"Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors".
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

While keeping that in mind, I urge all of you to keep moving towards your goals. As Confucius said, "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

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Keep Running!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Black History Month - In Rememberance of a Legendary Time and an Inevitable Future

February: Black History Month

For this one month people publicly recognize and honor a tragic and triumphant history and appreciate those who fought for civil rights, (not just racially or individually fueled by bias or anger), but for human rights as a whole. Many inspirational people, from those with the highest influence to those much more subdued in their popularity, all have poignant messages that are far-reaching. Here are some of my favorite quotes to signify this human experience we all share:

"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at." - Jesse Owens

"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness." – Ola Joseph

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."
- Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

Thank you to all the greats, From Jackie Robinson to Arthur Ashe; Maya Angelou to Alice Walker; James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston; M.L.K to Malcolm X; W.E.B Dubois to Bobby Seale; Lena Horne to Sydney Poitier; Marian Anderson to Stevie Wonder... the list goes on and on. The lessons you have taught us - all of us from any race,sex,creed,religion and so on - have shaped us not just into the individuals our future generations. Simply put, thank you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Friday, September 18, 2015


Today’s post comes via my Sister Brandie Pahl, (unbeknownst to her).  While perusing the face pages, aka, Facebook, I saw her status for the day which had such a powerful message that it made me pause and reflect. 

Happy Friday friends. Listening to Hillsong's "Touch the Sky" this morning and having a moment (what's new?). I love were it says, "I found my life, when I laid it down". Such a powerful lesson in those words. So many times I've asked God to take over in my life, to fix something, to intervene. I've worried and prayed and wondered where He was. What took me a long time to realize is that I hold God back from moving in my life, from intervening in those situations when I forget to do my part, surrender. How can I give my situation over, my life over, if I'm clenching it tightly in my fists? It's so hard to give it over sometimes, to lay your life down and surrender, but that's when the magic happens. That's when the fullness of what God has for us can be revealed. So I work to unfurl my hands, lift my palms to the sky and lay it all at His feet.”  

How profound!  Most of us do not even come to this realization, much less have the courage to share it or even act on it.  This tells me to stop holding back from what I know is destined for me to achieve.  I too wish to let all of my chains down and be lifted above.  What are we waiting for? 

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