Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Little Things

My Uncle Dick is 84 years old.  In his 60's he used to bike 20 miles, swim the Gulf Channel from Bellair to Clearwater and back (2 miles) and then go out and party all night with his friends at the local bar.  He has done this since 1978 up until turning 80 and then he changed venues and took up friends at a community center and did this up until about 45 days ago.  He had quadruple bypass and come through in stellar health. In fact, better health than me in so many ways. He had lasik done on his eyes just a few years ago and has 19/19 vision; has women in their 50's vying for his affection.

My uncle is a famous beach artist that everyone knows.  People have taken down their "Renoir" to replace it with his paintings.  The thing that he said that sticks in my mind from our most recent visit was, "I can't tell you how much we take for granted the little things....like reading a book in a lawn chair in the sunshine and being contemplative."

It's been awhlie since I heard someone talk about the simple, meaningful things in life.  So......when is the last time you enjoyed something this simple and so meaningful?  For those out there who practice this with mindfulness, we need you to teach others how to forget fear and live simplistically and without mind clutter and we thank you for being inspirational.  And for those who need to be more emotionally free -- take the emotional risk and live .... take your own life into your own hands.  People will forgive you, your kids will forgive you, your family will forgive you...even your dog will forgive you (and often be the first).  What ever "it" is that stops you from beeing emotionally free...and if you have the power to change it...DO IT..and do it in haste!  Because if you continue to argue your limitations, they shall be yours...   Forgiveness IS powerful...and even more powerful if we forgive ourselves FIRST.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Indian Rocks Beach - Since 1978

There's no place like home and it doesn't get any better than this.  Ironically there are no horses in sight...or maybe we can't see them as they can be as invisible as air and all around  us in spiritus. Click the picture for a full size view. If we could experience all the things life from this beach chair, it wouldn't be enough....or would it??

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Friendliest of America

Today,  I saw one car cut off another car.  A major dose of road rage was on it's way when the man came to stop, rolled down his window, the other car did the same and...... the man who cut the other one off APOLOGIZED.  These two gentlemen had a two minute conversation about life right there in the turn lanes onto US19 heading north.   If we could replace all the drive by shootings with drive by love.... how nice would that be?  Ironically, when we ride through the small towns and weave a path into the fabric of America we give out drive by love by horse.   The thought for today..... When horses were our only means or transportation....were we more civilized if we cut each other off in horse traffic? None the less what I saw today and on four other attempts is that there are still some of the friendliest in America here willing to say, "I'm sorry."