Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cavort for Contentment

Write about what it takes for contentment.  Extend beyond happiness to a place where you can balance the challenges. 

How do you tickle creativity, laugh past frustrations, and find ways to win your day?

Peace of Mind and Harmony shout in abstract ways. How would you define them with examples of ways they look, feel, taste and sound?  

Illustrate them with the power of imagery.

Show hate transformed to kindness as animals cavort.  

Why do worries wriggle?  What simple steps lead to a thrill?  Where do expectations jump and jingle?  

Write your rules without defining them. Show the gleam.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just a Smile a Day

          This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.   - Rumi

My father had a black book on his desk with daily words of wisdom. He shared them with me as I left for school. Rumi's message often guided our conversations. 

While driving me to the finals of a tennis tournament against my toughest opponent, my father described the importance of stomach butterflies that keep one focused.  I usually asked questions; one cascaded after another. 

Observing my unusual quietness on this day he said, "See the red light two blocks ahead. By the time we arrive it will change to green. So don't worry about it." I wondered what it had to do with butterflies. I kept thinking about traffic lights.

My father's philosophy involved problem solving and laughter.  He would divert my attention with a variety of techniques like the one above.  He also distracted my mind whirl by pointing to cloud shapes in the sky.  Or, he'd tell a story to m make me laugh away the worry.

My father's smile charmed the day.  He knew when to express its upswing instead of words.

He believed in what he called, "stewardship." It meant giving more without expecting something in return. I miss our times together.  His words envelop me daily.  

He spun positivity into all situations.  Like Lama Suryas Das believes, "It is not what happens to us that determines our character, our spirit, our karma and our destiny - but how we relate to what happens."

Silent smiles and humor conquer all.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chair Conversations

Fine. We have different perspectives on the best view. 

Anyone know when the performance begins?

Is it true that twins have different tastes in what to wear where?
Oh Harvey, you always dress down.

Let's try to stay transparent in our presentation.
Do you ever feel like you're being followed?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The A-ha Moment

"The purpose of life is to live it to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

An "A-ha" moment spouts something new or different. It arrives after preparation and time for incubation. Ideas, beliefs, and questions begin to grow from it.

Most of the time, one cannot predict how it sprays.

The "A-ha" moment does not always produce a solution. It reveals errors. What does not work promotes a move into possibilities. Insight provides ways to study situations not considered before.

Curiosity launches creativity. A sense of wonder excites question upon question. They move into the wildness of blue sky thinking beyond the obvious.

Risk-taking invites a search for quirky. Connections and flavors abound. Sounds ask for texture and touch. Scents activation intuition.

A taste of lively amuses. Stay open to the nuances.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photography's Poses

Photography teaches the rustle of moments. 
                      Seconds capture creativity in action.

What else enlivens from the bubbles and papyrus?

The reflection from a dew glob searches the rose next door.  
Or, is it a butterfly primping?

A stretch into the power of the senses shrinks the need for perfection.

Photography does not require a definite subject or something to say. 

Rambling clicks attract images.

The process brings a novelty to light or permits a perception into existence. 

In the ordinary, discovery slants, catapults or somersaults perspective.

The tease of unknown intrigues.

Clouds in a puddle form and circulate wonder.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Live Like a Turtle

Semper Paratus (always prepared).

You have all you need for a life of amazement and amusement.  

Always believe from the inside out.

Stay unaffected by negativity from beyond the shell. 

Stay Buoyant. Patient. Steady. Relentless. 

Remain secure but never hiding from challenges.

Power with all the energy needed for a life of wonder.

Keep your head high in all types of weather.

Float worries away.

Face challenges with Power!

Relax in the sun and sea.

Swim and eat and sunbathe. Then rest and begin again.

Thrive in tranquility.
With your Best Buddy.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Steps to Change

Design your daily journey with curiosity for each moment's potential. Focus on what works, not what's broken. When your dreams and ideals intersect with life's real journey, let your discontent energize your positive energy. 

We open a newspaper or turn on the news and feel blasts of words detailing what does not work. How can we avoid the daily intimidation into negativity when inundated with the media's interpretation of a broken world?

My father told me, "Don't say can't. It doesn't exist in the dictionary." Defiantly, I ran to my dictionary to show him the word. I found cant but not the contraction can't that meant cannot, so I believed him. This reminds me of one of the best lines in from a movie, "Can't walks on won't street." When we say we can't, we really mean: we don't want to and won't. 

Success comes in cans but it takes our will.

Creative thinking results from an innovative choice in the moment. This attitude adjustment pushes beyond the onslaught of impossibles. Negativity becomes a bad habit. 

Everyone has the power to make changes!

Begin a list of what works in your life as a reminder. What gives you satisfaction? Go deep into the details and sensory imagery concerning your potential.

Consider one action you can do as soon as your eyes spring open each morning that pushes you beyond inertia.

What can you do for the environment or a loved one to express your responsibility?

Each day expand your list with creative solutions whenever you confront or learn of a difficulty or problem.

Attract and invent ideas for possible ways to balance the negativity around you. 

Become O Positive in your donation of energy to others around you.

Creative think and write: Take the front page of the newspaper and circle the headlines that push "broken" at us. 

Revise the headlines and columns to reflect what works or write in new ideas.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Variety of Moods

Robert Louis Stephenson wrote, "There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Happiness does not need to become the goal. We need a variety of experiences and moods to write about."

In the 1980’s  Martin E.P. Seligman adopted the term, “positive psychology.”  After years of studying the “learned helplessness” that characterized depression, he began to study how individuals could learn optimism. Seligman felt a search for “authentic happiness” made more sense than relying on psychology’s one-sided focus on illness and disorders.

Optimism, courage, and perseverance exist in social and civil well-being. Consider how to gather simple pleasures. The process itself will attract feelings of exultation.

When nature provides a feast, take time to savor all the flavors. Everyone needs to awaken to the positivity that explodes in blossoms and sky.  Take a pleasure interlude frm your busy life to revel in the marvelous around. Squeeze out joy and appreciation for the living, growing creatures, plants and trees.

Move through a variety of moods as you write about “learned helplessness,” optimism or courage.