Nature’s Blueprint

Have you ever noticed that nature is perfect?

I don’t know about you, but the more I learn about the universe and everything in it—the stars, the sun and the moon, earth, nature, DNA, the human mind, our bodies, cells, nutrients, etc., etc.—the more I’m convinced that we’re missing something big.

I think that humans have been given the power to do so much more than what we do right now, we just haven’t figured out how to use it. Or somebody already did and they’re keeping it a secret. Maybe the answer is hidden in Area 51? Who knows….

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MANTRAS

I AM STILL.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE.

I CHOOSE PEACE.

I TRUST IN THE PRESENT.

I RELEASE THE PAST.

I AM HAPPY FOR OTHERS.

MY HEART IS OPEN TO LOVE.

I FORGIVE OTHERS.

THIS IS THE MOMENT TO BEGIN.

I FORGIVE MYSELF.

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YOUR OWN DRUM

At the risk of sounding cliché, the letter “D” made me think of “dancing to the beat of your own drum.” I’ve noticed that my thoughts, views, and ideas about things seem to evolve with time, and I’ve looked at this particular phrase from different perspectives—in different eras.

When I was young, dancing to the beat of my own drum meant being wild and free, breaking the rules, and questioning authority. What can I say? I grew up alongside the 60’s and 70’s counterculture!

In my recovery, I learned about some of the character traits that many addict / alcoholics have in common, and these include selfishness, a desire to run the show (or play God), and a lack of care of concern for others (which goes hand in hand with the selfishness, obviously).

The meaning from this perspective was different because it could also be seen as a “red flag.” It’s good to do what feels right to YOU, or what makes YOU happy, but if you kick the notch up TOO high it’s possible you’re being selfish, trying to run the show, and lacking concern for those around you. I guess it’s a lot like being over-ambitious, and another one of those double edged meanings.

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ABSTRACT JOY

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL

I thought about JOY all day, ever since I saw the prompt for RDP Saturday. I had visions of a glorious stained glass window—and what I imagined was quite beautiful.

My mom and I finished our shopping today so we experienced great joy, but our feet were tired and not much else was accomplished. I didn’t sit down to work on this until an hour before midnight, as with many nights, and let’s just say it’s been a long evening.

My featured image tonight is nothing like what I imagined, but it has grown on me. I think it’s an emotional piece, because I worked very hard at making lines and symmetry—and then I just let loose and started spinning and changing colors (you would really understand that comment if you saw the original).

I imagined myself like a child, you know… like how they are when they get upset at their coloring project and they start making long hard scribbles all over the page. I think I totally get it now. It’s a release of some sort.

Needless to say, I like it. You can find joy in it if you look for it. I think that’s what I like the most about it. It’s just like life. Joy isn’t always sitting atop your nose, staring you in the face and shouting, “Hey, look at me! I am JOY!”

No… I don’t think joy is like that. Joy is quiet, unassuming, and abstract. And it’s not without it’s downsides, just like my mom and I finding joy in our shopping today, but coming home with tired feet.

And with the current state of the world, JOY is not easy to spot, but it’s there…. Just waiting for you to find it.

The Window

There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there.

ROBIN WILLIAMS

One of the things I love about blogging is the places it takes our minds. I found this Robin Williams quote today while looking to see what fun things people had said about windows.

I knew it was right the minute I saw it, because it seems so appropriate today with all of the shut downs and stay at home orders. There’s still a world out there beyond our little abodes, but you have to look a little harder to see it.

I did do some shopping today with my mom, and I was kind of surprised at the lack of hustle and bustle that you usually see on our streets before Christmas. And I know I have trouble sticking with a plan, but if I don’t get out there and start walking and doing some strength training after the holidays I think I might develop a bad case of sarcopenia (muscle loss from aging).

Maybe you’re already familiar with that word (sarcopenia), but I just learned about it the other day as one of the men in my class is writing his paper on it. It does have to do with aging, but you can help keep it at bay with strength training. I know my muscles aren’t what they used to be and I’m anxious to get back into my New Lifestyle, New Me frame of mind and get busy with it.

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Feeling Festive


I’ve been missing the days of Everything Red. Since my writing time is limited until the holidays are over, and I’m back into the groove of images, I thought I’d resume the old series and try some new reds.

I’ve been wanting to do a Countdown to Christmas of sorts, but wasn’t sure where to go with it… and now I have it. The FESTIVE Reds!

Until next time…

Peace & Love!!