Thursday, August 19, 2010

Awesome Things Volume XXIX

It was a beautiful morning this past Monday. There was a cool breeze and compared to the weather we've been having lately it has turned out to be a relatively "cool" week. We also got to wear jeans to the office all week and Wednesday we had an office "picnic". As I have always said, it's the little things in life that make the difference. It's important to "be here Now" and seize the day. My wife is not a morning person. One morning I told her to "seize the day or it will seize you". As expected, she was not totally receptive to my wisdom, especially so early in the day. I guess it's true that a prophet is not accepted in his own country.

My granddaughter begins the first grade this year. It seems like she was just born yesterday. Some of you may also have a child beginning school this week. It's always a hectic, stressful time, more for the parents than most of the children. The start of the school year means the end of summer is near. Few of us will miss the brutally hot days we've had most of this summer. Mornings are already darker and occasionally cooler. Change is in the air. I love the change of seasons. Seasonal changes are part of the rhythm of life and where there's rhythm, there's music. So pay attention and listen to the music of life.

Picnic Day at the office. OK, I felt a little weird sitting at my desk in shorts, sandals, and a Grateful Dead tee shirt but I was very comfortable. When I came downstairs at my home that morning my wife looked at me and said, "Are you off today"? Walking from the parking garage and riding up the elevator to the floor where I work I did not see one single person in shorts so I had a minor panic attack that I was wearing the wrong clothes on the wrong day. However, once I got to my floor I realized I had not lost my mind and that is was, in fact, "Picnic Day". I think it was the first time I ever wore shorts to work on a Wednesday!

Contentment. I have been a restless and idealistic person much of my life. This sometimes created a feeling of emptiness when life didn't meet my expectations. As I have gotten older I have become more content. One of my favorite sayings is "It is what it is". I think contentment is the ability to appreciate what is and not to always be thinking about what isn't. Contentment is not settling for the minimum that life has to offer or giving up your dreams, hopes, and ambitions. It's appreciating the moment and learning to be more grateful for what is. I think you can be very content and still feel a little unfulfilled. You can be content and still dream. Contentment is accepting and embracing the Now.

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