Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Awesome Things Volume XVIIII

Our Five Senses. Do you ever stop and reflect on how great our five senses are? We can see the blooming of spring. We can hear music and birds singing. We can taste a great meal. We can smell flowers or bread baking in the oven. We can feel textures and shapes with our sense of touch. Our perception of everything in life is through our senses. Imagine not having one of these abilities. It is through our five senses that we are awake to life around us.

Anticipation. Approximately one month from today I will be sitting in an outdoor stadium in Chicago listening to rock and roll, blues, and jazz from the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, the Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, ZZ Top, and many more great musicians. I think it is important to always have something to look forward to with anticipation. It can be as simple as the weekend, a vacation day in the middle of the week, or leaving your whole life behind for a few days to witness some of the greatest living musicians doing what they love to do, i.e., entertain their fanatical fans. When it comes to music I am passionate and fanatical.

People who get up really early to get things ready for other people. Today I would like to remember the breakfast crew at my local McDonald's who got up early to make my coffee and prepare my Sausage McMuffin with Egg.

Movies. After music, one of my favorite pastimes is watching movies. Last weekend I saw "How to Train your Dragon" with my granddaughter. This past weekend my wife and I saw the new Robin Hood movie. A few night's ago I watched a movie called "Whiteout". It was about a murder in Antarctica. In the movie it was -50 degrees. I got so cold watching it I had to put on a pair of socks!

Long Holiday weekends. Today is June 1st. Although summer isn't officially here until June 21st...the summer solstice...in my mind it started this weekend. It certainly feels like summer outside. As they say, Tempus Fugit....time flies...so remember this. The days are long but the years are short. Seize the days for they will be gone quickly even though they sometimes seems to go by at a glacier pace.

Also, a belated thank you to all who serve in the military, and especially those who have died in war. My father was a veteran of World War II. I read recently that the "Greatest Generation" of veterans are dying at the rate of 1000 per day. Soon they will all be gone. Never forget them. Most of what you have you owe to them.

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