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Happy New Year – Back To A Routine

Vacations and a change of pace can be good.  But I have found that usually after too much change of pace and out of regular schedule, I am more than ready to get back to the way things should be.  An actual regular routine, including and not limited to:

1) Exercise.  I am not a fanatic – but I do see the value in being mobile and keeping active – especially as I am getting older.   I’ve had a few too many injuries because of a stiff back or neck, and know that I could have reduced the recovery time, and maybe even the root of the injury (or at lease lessened recovery time) had I been more active and limber.

Today I do some dance/aerobic exercises almost every morning for about twenty minutes.  Jane Fonda has some great workouts on youtube.com for those of us who are aging but still want to stay fit.  Among my favorites are: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Latin Dance Workout and this one: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Funk Dance Workout. She also has weight training videos and I would encourage you to try them – they are really fun! On alternate days I do a weight training workout for about 20 minutes to strengthen my upper body and core.

2) Eat Good Food.  Just less of it.  Count calories and you’ll be surprised how they add up.  Have an app like “Lose-It” for your mobile device and log in everything you eat daily.  This works.  “They” actually are right when they say, “move more, eat less”.  Both Greg and I have lost over 25 pounds since August and are still working on it (especially after the holiday foods).

3) Live A Thankful Life.  A grateful, thankful life reduces stress.  It is the only way to live.  Be generous in both words and deeds.  Help those around you – lift another up in spirit.  Count your blessings, smile every day and LAUGH out loud!

And if you are an animal person – get a dog or cat for companionship and to love on.  They will keep you young, and remove the focus from yourself.  They will get you outside and make you smile and laugh every day.  Their love is unconditional and does not disappear.  They are always ready to love on you :)

I am glad to be back to a solid routine of daily work to keep me busy, exercise and food to keep me strong and healthy and my doggies to bring joy to every day stress.  And I wish the same for all of you.

Happy New Year – may this new year be a blessed one!

The Geese Know

You’ve all heard “when you see the Canadian geese flying south – then you know it’s winter”.  I’m just not sure I’ve witnessed this occurrence like I have this last week.  Ive seen movies about the geese flying south for years.  Even saw a documentary on them one year, but have never seen the phenomenon  up close and personal.

We were out on Thanksgiving day taking a walk on a nearby famous hiking and biking trail.  We heard a loud HONKING noise, looked up and there they were – about 25 of them flying in a V-formation and heading south.  We said to each other – “NOW we can know for sure that winter has officially begun”.  But today while getting ready for the day – I heard them outside my window and down the street.  Noisy little creatures, aren’t they?  And I thought to myself, I guess winter hasn’t come?  It’s sure COLD enough!CanadianGeeseFlyingInVFormation

What makes some of them leave and others stay?  I was recently reading an article about a town up north where the geese had already migrated and very early – like August 1st kind of early!  It is a mystery.  Maybe it was lack of food.  Maybe it was already too cold.  Maybe it was just pure instinct and you and I will never be able to predict it.  But the geese know.

God our Heavenly Father and creator of the universe – made those crazy noisy geese.  He created them with a built-in instinct for survival.  They who have nothing – can take care of their young and themselves.  They can fly up to 1,000 km in a single day.  They are content and happy wherever they land.  And they are resilient leaving early when it still is warm – or leaving when it’s so cold that my fingers and toes get numb when standing outside for too long.

If you are one of those who wonders if you matter, if you’re seen or if your needs will be met – take heart and remember the Canadian geese.  They do not store or gather and yet their Heavenly Father takes care of them.  How much more important are you than one of them?  Don’t you think God is able to supply all your needs?  (Taken from Matthew 6 – my own paraphrase)

So when you hear those geese up overhead you can be reassured that their creator is helping them get food and care for their young.  It should make you smile at the wonder of it.  At the great mystery.  All of creation turns and moves in their seasons and rightful order.  Birds fly south, trees shed their leaves, water freezes, the ground prepares for the cold chill.  And you and I – are here to observe the majesty of the creation – one more time.

God Bless

I See You

English: Limosa fedoa is walking at Ocean Beac...

Seasons change

 

 

 

a small tide goes out

 

 

 

There is peace

 

 

 

a calm settling

 

 

 

more to come

 

 

 

everlasting

 

 

 

continual motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the planets

 

 

 

not standing still

 

 

 

swirling and moving

 

 

 

pulling and pushing

 

 

 

reeling in

 

 

 

gravitational pull

 

 

 

Gravitation keeps the planets in orbits around...

Gravitation keeps the planets in orbits around the Sun. (Not to scale) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

And so we are

 

 

 

the same

 

 

 

yet ever-changing

 

 

 

like the tide

 

 

 

like the planets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in symmetry

 

 

 

dancing with abandon

 

 

 

free yet restrained

 

 

 

yearning forward

 

 

 

drawn together

 

 

 

discovering truth

 

 

 

in simple pleasures

 

 

 

You + Me = We

You + Me = We (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

 

 

 

 

I see you

 

 

 

you see me

 

 

 

and that is enough

 

 

 

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The Winds Of Change

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France

We are in the season of “change”.  I don’t what this will mean, ultimately.  But I do know that I can resist change – or ride along with it.  It is my choice.

Change is a part of life.  To stand still and refuse change is like a child holding his hands over his ears with eyes closed saying, “I can’t hear you – I can’t HEAR YOU!   NANNY, NANNY BOO BOO!!!”  Ridiculous, right?  Unfortunately, the older I get I can honestly say that those things that used to sound appealing and fun – do not entice me anymore.  Nor do I like things where I seemingly have no control.  Yeah – I’m funny that way.

None of us like to think we are leaving a part of ourselves behind.  But in essence this is what we do when we embark on a new adventure.  Change.  That one word can alter everything.  Dying to one life – entering into another.  With no control – or at least it feels that way.

After years of doing the same thing – year after year with not much variation in my schedule – I am at long last taking a sabbatical.  I do not know how long this will be.  Nor do I have any idea where this change will take me – as it most likely will mean a move out of state for us.  As we explore opportunities for our “next chapter” I am again reminded of how much I used to love change.  “I love change, I love change – yes I do.  I really do.  I really mean that

So for all of you out there who are on the cusp of something great – or you simply don’t know where you are heading – but feel the winds of change, I hope that you will not feel alone.  There is someone else out there in the blogging community that knows what you’re feeling and going through.  Try to find the positive in change.  Remember that change brings its own rewards – new friends, new situations to discover, new places to explore – lasting memories and a wonderful opportunity to use gifts you never dreamed you possessed.

Don’t resist it.  Go with it.  Ride the wave – feel the melancholy, drink it in.  And then – finally learn to embrace the impossible.

I am praying for you,

God Bless

This Time

Gift Box

Gift Box (Photo credit: Ken’s Oven)

There is a box marked “past”.

I keep it tucked away.

the lid is closed

but sometimes I take it out

unwrap the pretty bow

and look inside at the things

I saved for a rainy day.

things that are precious to me

conversations and pictures

memories and mistakes

those that are no longer a part of my life

it is my glimpse into an altered reality

and another life

that might have been mine

this time

so long ago.

There is a box marked “today”

It contains things tangible

easy to touch

never heavy or painful

things that only bring peace

purpose, commitment, laughter and right now

It is my life

There are those that share in it

friendships and love

a simple place of no regret

the box is kept out in the open for all to see,

rummage through and contribute.

There is no lid – the box always open

I am comfortable here and free to be me

I am grounded

firmly planted in reality

It is where I can stay.

this time

There is a box marked “future”

It is the scary unknown

the one that is still unwritten

things I do today will greatly affect this box

that is hidden from me

It will contain my hopes, thoughts and prayers

and things I do or don’t do today

I don’t want to make mistakes

like the many in my “past” box

full of regrets, love lost and wrong people

that box is full and has to be kept shut

by an act of my will

This future box is empty

has no mistakes or regrets in it

it is the beginning of a clean slate

for a meaningful existence today

a poured out life

spent in service for others

honoring to God

a time to be happy

to be all I was created to be

with no regrets

only love

this time

Lamplight Lane

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It is almost dark.

A sweet dusk has descended.

The sky is pinkish, blue and gray.

The walkway lamps are lit.

I feel the cobblestone beneath my feet – hear the uneven surety of my steps.

I smell the blossoms on the many plants in full bloom, the trees are fragrant as they hang there unaware of how beautiful they are.

This is my favorite time of the day.

It is my walk time.  My time to be with you.

This is the time when I reflect, pause and drink it in.

I have a prayer on my lips and thoughts in my mind.

We have walked this path many times before – you and I – and I know we shall walk it again.

It is at these times when I feel the surrounding canvas of your creation come alive and you speaking to me.

I have many questions in my prayers.  It is here that I ask them.

I make firm resolves, I argue, I reason – and all the while I feel you with me.

My resolves are laughable – you know me so well

I reason that you have designed me and understand my many jumbled up emotions.

I argue with why things have to be the way they are.

And finally I am resigned to ask the questions anyway – even though you do not always answer.

In the beauty of this evening I feel your promise of many more just like this one.

And I drink it in – all of it.

I feel your grace in my life – things I do not deserve.

Those things you have allowed into my life, and those you have protected me from

And I am grateful – too full to speak

My footsteps are the only sound I hear as I walk along.

I am not alone.

Oh – the thought of it!

The Creator of this wonderful lamplight lane is walking with me.

Keep Me In Your Heart

I had actually planned on posting another song today.  Then I was returning emails and checking messages at my computer and this song came on  my Spotify music list.  It was the song they played at the end of the “House” series.  For some reason it really speaks to me.  And I can’t get away from it.

Spotify Logo

Spotify Logo (Photo credit: Dekuwa)

Music sometimes does that to me.  I have something else going on and then am stopped dead in my tracks.  Maybe it’s because of things going on right now.  Maybe it’s because life throws some strange curve balls.  Maybe it’s because each new day brings new revelations and surprises.  I  think I am in control and then find that I have no control.  Circumstances come in to literally rock my world as they also sound strangely familiar.  A shadow of the past coming and staring straight at me.

 

In times like this I am humbled and thankful.  Humbled because I don’t deserve the grace and forgiveness of a great and wonderful God.  Thankful that in spite of the many mistakes and wrong turns I have made in the past I was able to right my path and live in victory.  I am surrounded by many loving people to encourage me in my life’s purpose and calling.  I am grateful.

 

But I realize that there are those not fully there yet.  They have their own journey to take and discover.  Things coming in to rock their world.  It is hard to see people take wrong turns and spin out of control.   We are all capable of  doing this from time to time.  Spin, justify, retreat, reason, ponder, turn, let go, go our own way.

 

This song is a song about a man dying.  Written and sung by Warren Zevon, I believe he realized his life as he ponders death.  What is really important.  The things he really loves.  A man who does not want to be forgotten.  Wants to know that his life mattered.   When it comes right down to it – don’t we all want this?  To be remembered, to have mattered.  Our actions we took in this life will mean something to us someday as we face our mortality.  Those things we thought were so important, worth fighting for, things we gave up, none of it will matter someday.  It is a sobering thought.  What is so important?  Is it really worth the spin?  Will people want to remember you when you’re gone?

It is a sobering thought.  Someday my actions will be called in to recall by those left behind.  I don’t know about you – but I want to be able to say “remember me” and when people do – they will have a good positive memory of my life and what I was called to do.

I wish the same for you.

Enjoy this song and the great lyrics.  May you ponder the same thing today and if you need to – make a change.

The Wind (album)

The Wind (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

God Bless

 

 

 

 

November Wind

something missing

but cleanly restored

swept away

no untidy remnants

drifted away

just a thought

nothing more

an idea when pressed

is only distortion

not complete

fueled by false

selective memory

and personal reality

meaning nothing

missing something

just what

I don’t know

what seemed real

now I know was not

yet missing it

has become

my reality

where is that truth

seen through my limited scope

it has become

a true false

without regard

or notice

blown away

bitter and cold

without remorse

sometimes sunshine

and laughter

but mostly

eternal rain

and confusion

past all reason

and time

like the November wind

30 Years Ago #4

30 years ago – tomorrow :)

God Bless

How’s Your Garden?

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring
whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11

This is our garden in our new home.

Ever felt really dry?  I’m so glad to know this:  No matter how dry, sick, diseased, tired, hopeless and out of strength I may be today – He will water me and give me the strength, nourishment and life so that I will flourish.  When all others around me are dry and broken – I will be sustained by that living water to keep me going, bringing health to my bones – and hope for all others around me looking for that water.  It is a spring that never fails.

How’s your garden?  Need some water?

Praying for you today.

God Bless

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