Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

The summer was slipping away. We had been busy all summer, a canceled trip gave us a chance to participate in what I hear some call a stay cation. We woke up late drank coffee read the paper and then went into the downtown area of our thriving “metropolis”. Alright confession time, our city has just over 34,000 souls so we are not exactly metropolis status but there is an art gallery and because it was a Thursday, said art gallery was open.

We walked in and we were immediately greeted by the gallery’s keeper. She let us know that this week the gallery’s display was work by the students of her and the gallery’s one other employee.  She then turned on the overhead lights so we could get a better look at the students work.

The gallery does a Saturday class and this employee teaches the Robb Ross oil painting glass. The other younger employee teaches different classes.Right away I notice an oil painting with a tree, a creek, a barn and a fence. The picture is a green landscape with the creek cutting the landscape into two parts. Some of the creeks are wide and I imagine me as a child wading in and skipping stones. Other creeks are a thin dark blue line and I imagine myself again jumping the rushing creek. The thrill of almost not making it exhilarates me.

In one painting the tree has no leaves at all and is more black than brown. It gives the picture a beautiful and ominous effect at the same time.   Another painting  has a long tree with distinct bright green leaves you feel like nature is ordered and beautiful. One more painting has a more stout bushy tree and it makes me feel more visceral.

I see Bright red barns and other barns are more brown than red. Some of the barns are large and a major focal point of the landscape. You are tempted to jump into the painting and open the door.  Other barns are a little more than a dot on the painting.

The fence is broken in some paintings, others look as though a farm hand just finished shoring the fence up.

One landscape painting, one class, many students. A tree, a creek, a barn and a fence.

We spend a great deal of time in the gallery. I am surprised at all the subtle and not so subtle differences in the painting  and I think about people. The diversity of man has to be one of our greatest strengths.

So many people so different, physically, mentally, spiritually. Sometimes at home or work you can be dealing with something that seems impossible but rest assured it isn’t.

You may have tried what seems to you like everything, but it is important to keep in mind that you and your reality is one of many realities and what seems like infinite possibilities. Reach out socialize get to know more people. Through speech and written word impossibilities will become possible and your life will be far more rich.





Saturday the local soup kitchen had a rather weak turn out. the weather was pretty rough out between the hours of 5 and 7 pm last Saturday and when the majority of your clients are walkers you can’t expect many of them to brave the rain to get some food, but five did. Most of the local destitute seek some shelter when the rain comes down like it did last Saturday.

We served the five who came out and then waited. When 7 rolled in we started cleaning. I am not sure why but I was contemplating only sweeping the floors and shrinking on my moping duties. I began to consider how no one would know if I didn’t do it. The floors looked ok, but it is part of my job and I would know it wasn’t done.

It is important to never sell yourself short. I spent a little longer in the kitchen on that Saturday but when I was done I knew I had completed the job and there is much to be said for knowing you did all that you should have.

We should always do our best and complete job no matter who the audience and aren’t you one of the most important people in the audience?

I think so. If you don’t agree get to know yourself a little better.




Do yourself a big favor, right now wherever you are whatever you are doing, stop and take a slow deep breath. If you can pull in the air through your nose. Feel it go up your nose and through the nasal passage down into your lungs. Some people like to close their eyes when they do this I  am not a fan of the eye closing, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. But I am a fan of breathing. That breathe you just took that was a moment. One moment, there will be many more but none like that one.


We get busy and create schedules and meetings and fill our lives with all kinds of stuff and if we are not careful we can squeeze out moments. Life is not made up of schedules and meetings but moments like that breath you just took. If we rush through we will not enjoy moments like that. We can sometimes focus so much on schedules and past accomplishments that we forget what they represent. They represent a moment something we may never have again. So when you feel overwhelmed stop and breathe.  

Grog and his wife Ogg, had spent the day collecting berries from the tree that will not make you sleep forever and they were tired. The couple retreated to their cave and noticed that as the ball of fire went away that the air and ground grew colder than usual.  This was perhaps the coldest night they had ever experienced. Grog recalled a hunting trip with the other cavemen, when he stumbled upon rocks that made orange and red heat when struck together. Grog had been afraid of the orange and red heat because it burned so hot, however the cold was making him consider something he never would have thought about. For the first time in the history of man fire was started and controlled by Grog and Ogg.  

So I believe today is “National Face your Fears day”. I may not be correct, I may have bad information, but this idea of a day dedicated to facing your fears got me thinking about fear. Fear is an emotional response to danger or pain. In the cave man story Grog had a fear of fire. Groggs’ fear of fire was for good reason. Fire burns and if hot enough fire burns basically everything. Despite Grogs fear of fire he still worked with Ogg and survived the night by facing his fear and using the fire. The number one fear is a fear of flying. Despite this fear, air travel is up and more and more Americans are flying. Trips across the country are impossible without flying so if one chooses to make a cross-country trip in a limited amount of time he or she will have no choice but to face their fear

Facing fears just because of some holiday, that may or may not be a holiday at all, might be foolish. We assume that by facing our fears we have no choice but to conquer them but much like Groggs fear of  fire most fears are there for a reason and conquering them is not something we should embrace or strive for. Maybe we should acknowledge our fear,s and in case of the fear being a phobia, address them and face them of course with the support of  friends family.

The bottom line is fear is not necessarily a bad thing and honestly ” Everything will be all right”.