I Rise In Awareness

On the edge of the day, I rise in awareness.

I hold back as much of the coming day as I can

 

Resisting the onslaught, I breathe deeply. Stillness.

I focus. This is where take my stand 

On the edge of the ravine

The canyons, valleys not so grand

Mist glides gently into the scene

A mysterious quality, a journey status quo

As it kisses each blade of grass. 

Gently the wind blows the planted furrows.

The mist can not or will not embrace the path.

 

Moving closer to the edge,

I feel the changing of the wind 

As the valley accepts its new lover

A display radiates across the chasm.

 

It looks like a bridge

Frosty and flat from one end to the other

Is it hiding a perilous journey

Or creating an invitation to a great adventure?

I Make His Life Good

This is pumpkin, taken with my iphone

Hey! I’ve been laying here. My patience is good today. So we should go for a nice walk. Waiting…

Oh my, he stood up. I think we’re going. I hope he is not just teasing me. It’s important for him to exercise.

When I listen to his heart and lungs, I worry about those skipped beats. When he meditates or walks with me, the rhythm corrects itself. It makes me feel so good hearing that steady bump-pump-bump. I get overwhelmed with emotions.

I can hardly control myself. I love him so much.

Life is Good!

Be Careful, Don’t Drop That! Creates A Condition Where Dropping Is Likely

Suppose you are at a buffet or some gathering with many friends. There are adults, children, and food — lots of food.

You see a child. They are at food line getting their plate as full as they can. When they move away from the line and head towards their seat. You are thinking, don’t drop it. Some of you might think where are this child’s parents.

All thoughts of food disasters, huge spills might go through your mind. Then you hear someone one say, “Jay, hold it steady and even. You got this.”

Positive Expectations

The person who spoke in this situation used language to express positive expectations. In your mind, it is possible you were thinking about all the different directions that food could go. Obviously, Jay and the person who said something had better plans.

Children and some adults are confident. But when someone lovingly voices their concern about a looming disaster, saying, “Be careful, do not drop that.” Or in other scenarios, lovingly offering backhanded support. “Are you sure you can handle this?” The lack of confidence in those phrases can create a break in self confidence or a bravado of confidence.

The break or the boost in confidence often results in unpredictable consequences. The child may drop it, since they believe it is for drawn conclusion. Or even worse your words could be seen as a challenge. Now, they will show you exactly how much and how quickly they can carry even more.

Pay Attention To Your Thoughts

Notice how often your mind goes to the worse case scenario.  Start consciously changing the internal narrative. Gently reframe that thought by imagining the outcome you desire.

The Connection is Real.

The connection. Something touches us.
Beyond mind, beyond thought some point of innerness.

Breathe into
That special space of consciousness
A place incorporeal from where we are sourced.

It is real.
Not really connection, those are the common words
Used for it.  It is like you are visiting a friend who has always been there.

Breathe …
All at once this feeling of I Know You,
Hits and Hits and Hits like the sharp side of a feather.

Breathe…
An anxious tingling takes you to the next point.
Each breath is wonderful.  You are fully absorbed in the moment.

Breathe…
Feel it and know this is all of who you are.
Not Body or Spirit … more

Breathe…
Keep creating.  Brushstroke after brushstroke.
Word after word.  Breath to breath…

Breathe…
Feel the onement with this moment.

Good Morning Love Awakens

Good Morning

Today is a good day. Love awakens.

The feeling of a reasonable night’s sleep

Cool freshness of morning light

Overcoming the darkness of the evening

Quietly and lovingly the coming day happens.

Possibilities abound.  Today is a good day.

Clouds frame the coming dawn.

The contrast adds to the beauty.

When the light is blocked,

The beauty still comforts.

The light is still there.

There is light.  Today is a good day.

How To Bring Some Joy Back Into Your Day

How to Sizzle With Zeal

In a world where some people dread Monday, one person with enthusiasm is priceless.

“I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a might faith to do the things that are to be done by me today!”

Charles Filmore, Talks on Truth

 

What a great idea Mister Filmore.  You exemplified it even in your later years. They say, he wrote this affirmation when he was 94.

Can we get that same sizzle going?  Sure, just remember to repeat the above. Bah! How in the… do you even expect to do that.  I love the above affirmation and I want to face every day with that kind of passion. The most effective affirmations are backed by strong emotion and passion.

Finding Enthusiasm

It is like finding Waldo.  It is there just hidden deeply in the crowd of other more “pressing” issues.  This is how I found the passion to make Charles Filmore’s zeal my own.

I was talking with a friend of mine about work.  How it was such a drag. I knew from the moment I got to the office door, problems would be waiting for me.  How I would ignore some problems and eventually they would come back bigger and less manageable.

As I was lamenting, I could tell he wanted me to just stop.  Instead of saying stop, he asked a question. “Why did you become a programmer?”

Remembering my initial enthusiasm

I reviewed my life.  The changes, I went through to become a programmer, how excited, I was at my first job, and subsequent jobs. As a programmer, software engineer, I knew there would always be problems and challenges to overcome and that was freaking exciting knowing each day, I could learn something new. Those memories helped me, lifted me.  Those wonderful old thoughts replaced my current thoughts.

It was like starting over, a new beginning.

Possibly just remembering your initial joy at work why you continue, even if it is just a paycheck.  Replace those crappy thoughts with some fun stuff. A fun, positive thought will always override a crappy thought.

You can operate at a high level of enthusiasm through memory and future visioning.  Recapture those feelings and use them.  Focus on why you are doing what you do!

Ageism, Do not be your own worst enemy

I saw this article the other day, about ageism.  Is this really the last prejudice?

Or is it something we oldsters bring upon ourselves?  I am not saying ageism doesn’t exist. But if you take a different approach, it does not have to be your enemy.

Stop playing the experience card.  It is old and worn out. Work on bringing a new set of eyes to the table.  Be trainable. Ask questions. Ask for advice and help. In the workplace no one but you care about the good old days.  Save that for happy hours and lunch time.

Be a little less crusty and more approachable.   I am middle age. 63 is middle age, if I plan to live to 120.  I was crusty for years, recently I let the crustiness drop in favor of being approachable.  Approaching my work and colleagues with the same enthusiasm I had at my first programming job.  

In the technical field for the past few decades,  I work in a few companies. Softwares engineers, at least the good ones, were not very sociable or approachable.  Wake-up and change that attitude. You may not have anything in common with the people in your open space. But everyone has a face and name.  Take a minute to learn about the people you work with.

Be willing to be a little vulnerable.  If you don’t know something, ask? If someone asks you a technical question, it is ok to say ‘I do not know’ or ‘I do not recall’.  Stay curious, not crusty.

Ageism probably exists.  It does not have to apply to you.  Be the one who changes the prevalent thoughts about those of us with gray hair and no hair.  Maybe we can break the ageist stereotype.

Be courteous and curious, not salty and crusty.