Another Manic Tuesday

Those of you who know me are familiar with my manic call. Hahahahaha!

For the rest I say no worries. There is plenty of time to learn that I enjoy humor, especially directed at myself. Striped cats love to laugh!

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Laughter and dreams define our worlds. they make us who we are. In the best of times they give us identity and in the worst they give us hope. You can let go of them, if you want. As for me? I am a striped cat and a dragon who believes that one day he may just be a human.

Saturdays

Most of you already know that I am fairly new to blogging. Someone said I should use the medium to practice writing. I availed myself of the opportunity to present my photography, drawings, and minor musings and I scratched my itch, creating a rather egocentric look at the world of blogging while I made an attempt to understand the difference between widgets and gizmos.

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A good old-fashioned scratch.

Maturing only slightly as a blogger, I have enjoyed guest posting on the sites of a few friends patient enough to host me.

Today I examined my perspectives and realized, that –while I was communicating from my innermost heart–I was partially missing the picture.

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Now, there is nothing wrong with looking inward. However there is a vast world if one adjusts the lens.
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With your indulgence, I would like to do something different on future Saturdays. I would like to reach out and give back a little of the camaraderie I have felt by opening Saturday to a different perspective — other posts, guest posts, interviews, outside ideas and possibly book reviews.

Next Saturday I will be very proud to be hosting a conversation with a lady who has amazing talent both at blogging and writing fiction. I hope you all will be looking forward to this event as much as I am.

————Patrick

A Vast Array of Emotion

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How very amazing it is to see colors! I supposed that in subtle shades of grey this view would still be wondrous, yet the ability to discern the myriad of hues makes it breath taking.

I sit here and think that its just an ordinary sunset. So many are colorful. I wonder if I should lose the sense of awe I feel looking up at the sky at the end of this day.

Although I am exposed to violence in my everyday life through various media, I find that I still feel sadness when a child is injured, or an innocent hurt. I even shed a tear at the murder of someone that I never had the grace to know in this life —theirs cut short by some savage act of one of our species. The prevailing belief is that we become desensitized by exposure— that we no longer view atrocities with the same magnitude of emotional distress.

I guess not everyone is the same. I have no intention of losing this part of myself—to move so far away from who I am that I can no longer empathize. I will always appreciate a sunset in all of its glorious spectacle and cry tears at the world’s injustices.

I find no shame in who I am or the awe I feel looking up at the sky.

Do You Ever Look Back?

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Reflections

When I was younger, I often focused on events in the past. There were things that I should have done— did or didn’t do—- that haunted me. Precious time was wasted in contemplation of mistakes. While I don’t believe in entertaining regret, I do think that reflection can guide us toward a better future.
Eventually, I stopped blaming myself and began to look for things I could change.

This short post is about looking ahead and seeing the reflections of the amazing things that will be…. I hope that you all are granted wonderful adventures and have the vision to see them in your everyday lives.

(the photo was taken 5/14/13 —dawn at my home on the Tennessee River)

How Do You Stay Positive?

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Sometimes attitude is all I have. Snow –like cold dark thoughts— clings more easily than sunshine. It can be difficult to keep ahead of the bad weather or the bad mind-set. Everyone has down times or bad days. Pain makes some of those difficult to shrug off.

Here’s what I do:

Engage in positive conversations. In real or virtual frames staying happy is an active endeavor. Find something– even the simplest topic– that you enjoy and talk to someone about it. It can be as easy as engaging a friend on Facebook about a picture or telling your child which cereal you like. Keep it simple and listen or read the responses. Look for what makes the other person smile and you might reflect that emotion.

Commit an act of random kindness. Help someone. Even the tiniest effort can go a long way in improving emotional state. It can be an open effort where you receive praise or –my personal favorites— the kind of thing that no one but you will know you did. Examples are easy—- A kind word on a blog goes a long way, a compliment to a stranger, picking up a piece of discarded trash, putting a few dollars in a charity jar,helping someone carry groceries or other items, or even a smile on Facebook or at the store. You’d be surprised how much a smile can help!

Engage in self-expression— drawing, writing, blogging— It doesn’t matter if you demonstrate pain, anger or joy, let the emotions flow. Like a good cry at a sad movie, you will feel better afterward.

Move. Sometimes exercise can help. In the face of extreme pain it can be difficult, but the endorphins released can often be worth the effort. There was a time that I lifted weights to deal with emotional upsets and it works! Generally now I’m the dead weight I lift, but the principle is the same.

These are ways that I cope. What do you do?