On a ride into the mountains with my best friend, Sonya, I took in a lot, and thought about a lot as we rode and talked and just let conversation go. I found myself pondering such things as personal talents, and what it is that drives us to go after our dreams. What inspires success? What is the main ingredient in the recipe for happiness? Never really feeling like I have the answers to these questions doesn't stop me from seeking them out. This, in turn, leads to more pondering.
Everyone is in a hurry. Why? Is it because of personal deadlines, or is it more of a mindset that we are racing against time and death? Maybe we should all slow down in this marathon of life so we'll be here longer. I, for one, am not overly anxious to cross that finish line.
I stopped at one point and watched as Sonya took pictures of a pair of geese, and I wondered what was going through her mind as she clicked away multiple pictures. Her love of scenes and nature is easily seen in her excitement as she causes those visions to freeze in time. This way they will never be forgotten and can be appreciated by many. Quietly we drove away and I didn't ask her about her thoughts. There was no need because her smile was enough to know that she found satisfaction in that momentary need to freeze the moment.
Seeing my brother yesterday I felt an ache in my heart for his obvious depressed state of mind. My mind clicked back in history to a time when we were kids growing up and I thought about the labels he was given that may very well have been the cause to much of what he is going through today. My heart broke for him and I cursed those in our past that couldn't see far enough into the future to think about the results of their labeling and actions. If only society would think more about cause and effect. We are all guilty of making mistakes that have a profound effect on the future, but knowing this did not make my heart hurt for him any less.
Today there is bright sunshine filling the land around me and my mind feels refreshed. I find myself missing my best friend even though she is less than an hour away. I also miss my son who is over eight hundred miles away. But even in this missing of the people I love, I find a refreshed vigor that is not unlike an inner volcano awaiting the eruption of new creations in the days, weeks, and months ahead. This forward motion is building momentum and the feeling is very spring-like. May everyone who reads this blog post find a renewed inner spirit and let it guide you to happiness. Pat yourself on the back for overcoming all the obstacles you have up to this point in your life. Move forward knowing that the road ahead will not be without hurdles, but with focus and peace of mind, they too will find their way into your past.