Friends

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

• Arnold H. Glasow

A true friend is hard to find, and more valuable than all the gold in the world. A true friend will be the one you can count on, and someone that can count on you, because true friendship is a two-way relationship.

Perspective

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Max Ehrmann

A powerful message that I found this morning. I’m struggling with the purpose of my life, what I can do to make this a better place. Sadly, I veer towards negativity when I look at the world we live in. I feel powerless to change things, and this upsets me.

I need to practice gratitude daily and stop pouring over the news every day. The information generally upsets me, and that causes stress. I need to refocus my life on positive things and turn away from negativity.

Gratitude is a difficult thing to practice when all I do is criticize something that I can not control. My mindset defeats the very concept of gratitude before I even start. I need to contain my anger and eliminate it, or it will consume me after all.

Making a change like this won’t be easy. A wise saying is that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so that gives me confidence that I’m on the right track.

Meditation

The meditation session today ended with this quote from Jimi Hendrix. He knew what he was talking about. He brought forth such incredible music because he learned to listen to his inner voice.

I’m still getting in tune with my own inner voice. Not the angry one, I’ve listened to that one far too much in the past. I’m searching for that calm inner voice that will lead me to peace and tranquillity in my life and mind.

Celebrate

More words of wisdom that remind me of the vital importance of being ourselves, not who someone else wants us to be. We are all unique and wonderful. Celebrate who you are.

Is This All There Is??

Is this the best I can hope for?

I’m almost afraid to write this blog post. It is a very sensitive subject for me to discuss here, but I do know that therapy stresses writing to get my feelings out in the open.

My recovery from last fall’s hospital stays has been excellent, according to my doctors. COPD means I’ll never be a runner. I won’t play tennis or basketball anytime soon. Compared with my condition last December, I have made significant progress, but that progress has slowed down almost to the point of not improving anymore at all.

Is my current condition the highest plateau I can reach? Part of me screams “No!” but my rational side says this is probably true. I still get dizzy when I have to bend over for more than a second or two. I feel like I’m running out of breath very quickly. Thankfully, I can use meditation and controlled breathing to stop myself from getting into real trouble.

I am only mortal, as are we all. I recognize that I’m closer to the end than the beginning. I see the world going straight to hell, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Stupid people want to argue, and I don’t have the stamina for that anymore.

If what I feel now is my new apex, I want to spend a lot of time here before I start the inevitable downhill slide. I am currently focused on the quality of my life more than ever before.

I don’t plan on leaving here anytime soon.

Truth

I had not seen this quote before, but it is true and makes perfect sense. We need a goal to strive for, without one we stagnate and die. Keep pushing and things will work out.

Another John Lennon quote

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

— John Lennon

Another John Lennon quote that inspires me. The message is so simple, yet we find it almost impossible to put into practice. The emphasis is that things change and that we always feel that something must be addressed. This is called life.

Dreamer’s World March 24, 2018 – March For Our Lives

    
I don’t know how to describe my reaction to the #MarchForOurLives rally that took place in Washington, D.C. earlier today. Hours later, and I a still feeling intense emotions about what I witnessed on TV. Tears flowed as I watched and listened, I am sure that happened to plenty of people around the country and the world.
     I am proud of these kids. I admire their tenacity and their persistence. I respect them for their dedication to this cause after being thrust into tragedy against their will.
     I am amazed at how quickly they turned tragedy into a call for action through social media. They suffered the accusations of being fakes, of being paid actors, of being political pawns, and have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the future.
     I picture myself at their age and wonder if I could have done the things that they have? I honestly want to think so, but I am glad that I never had to learn to become a good citizen and an inspiration to others due to a tragedy like they did.
     I watched and heard and saw them become young adults in the last five weeks. Even while some of them were speaking today, I could hear that they are still the teenagers that they are supposed to be in spite of what has happened to them.
     I am thrilled that they learned to include others who have suffered from the same terrible violence. They recognized that their notoriety gave them the responsibility to speak out for everyone, and not just for themselves. Acknowledging and sharing the stage with others from different parts of the country showed great wisdom. It also demonstrated that these young adults are savvy beyond their years. The Parkland students acknowledged that they are only the most famous, not the only victims of gun violence.
      saw plenty of potential leaders speak today. Our nation will be better if we encourage them, it will suffer if we ignore them.

My emotions are still in flux here. Eventually, things will settle down, and I can get a handle on things again. Until then, take a moment and remember the lyrics that the late John Lennon penned for “Instant Karma.”

“Why In The World Are We Here? Surely Not To Live In Pain And Fear.”

Dreamer’s World March 24, 2018 – March For Our Lives

    
I don’t know how to describe my reaction to the #MarchForOurLives rally that took place in Washington, D.C. earlier today. Hours later, and I a still feeling intense emotions about what I witnessed on TV. Tears flowed as I watched and listened, I am sure that happened to plenty of people around the country and the world.
     I am proud of these kids. I admire their tenacity and their persistence. I respect them for their dedication to this cause after being thrust into tragedy against their will.
     I am amazed at how quickly they turned tragedy into a call for action through social media. They suffered the accusations of being fakes, of being paid actors, of being political pawns, and have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the future.
     I picture myself at their age and wonder if I could have done the things that they have? I honestly want to think so, but I am glad that I never had to learn to become a good citizen and an inspiration to others due to a tragedy like they did.
     I watched and heard and saw them become young adults in the last five weeks. Even while some of them were speaking today, I could hear that they are still the teenagers that they are supposed to be in spite of what has happened to them.
     I am thrilled that they learned to include others who have suffered from the same terrible violence. They recognized that their notoriety gave them the responsibility to speak out for everyone, and not just for themselves. Acknowledging and sharing the stage with others from different parts of the country showed great wisdom. It also demonstrated that these young adults are savvy beyond their years. The Parkland students acknowledged that they are only the most famous, not the only victims of gun violence.
      saw plenty of potential leaders speak today. Our nation will be better if we encourage them, it will suffer if we ignore them.

My emotions are still in flux here. Eventually, things will settle down, and I can get a handle on things again. Until then, take a moment and remember the lyrics that the late John Lennon penned for “Instant Karma.”

“Why In The World Are We Here? Surely Not To Live In Pain And Fear.”