learning

Unlearning

Being true to yourself

may be

a different experience

to many.

I am inspired occasionally

to just put away

rules, habit, many things

that rule my life,

to supposedly make it easier

to run.  And they do.  I don’t

want to learn how to drive a

car or ride a bicycle all over again

each trip out.  I already know.

But when creativity enters

into the equation, all that goes

out the window.  Or most of

it.  How can I differently do it?

hmm.

We all have energy, time challenges

even constrictions.  So within

those, now how can I make it

different and interesting &

fun?

I need to be first to do something

I think, not second.  I need

to stand on my own two feet.

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Bumble bee feeding on thistle flower. Hall’s Canyon National Recreational Area, Oregon

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Relationships

Social skills.

How do you meet new people

if you don’t have

social skills?

And…what if…

They are a bit dull–

like a knife that never

gets sharpened–

expecting it to cut

precisely?

Well, practicing

involves feelings,

among other things,

that may have to

be risked getting

stepped on, hurt,

inadvertently mostly,

in the process

of learning.

OTJ training.

You don’t want to

walk on coals before

you’re ready

but eventually

you’ll have to take

the plunge.

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterffly Garden.Oregon

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterfly Garden.Oregon

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Breathing

The key to life!

Really!  How often do you

take a really deep breath?

and then again repeating

20-30-40 times?

Then hold it s long as you can.

Your brain is supercharged

with oxygen at this point

and you become to believe you

possess superpowers if only

at least in your mind until

they can begin to manifest

in your body!

Hmm.  Something to give

some practice to, time to,

I think.

What a delicious discovery

for a few minutes of

effort every so often or

as a real discipline–

for longer…?

Lavendar and gift shop. Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Washington

Lavendar and gift shop. Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Washington

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More

I want more out of life.

I want to say:  “NOW

we’re talking!” or my

favorite when it makes a

rare appearance: “FINALLY”!

I like those aha moments

of exhilaration and conquer.

It seems the struggle and

falling gives them even

more importance.

It should be the other

way around.  “It’s OK

for my life to be easy”

is a sentence next to my

desk.

Easy and success can go

together.

 

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Field of Dreams

Half way there is almost

there.  At least you started.

And you’ve gone HALF WAY!

COUNT your SUCCESSES.

HALF way is a success in

my book.

If you don’t look at it

that way–the loony

bin is waiting–a Christian

Dior line of Straight Jackets,

also, in case you break out of

the loony bin pouncing on

societies’ sensibilities.

So, one foot in front of

the other, alternating,

usually indicates movement.

Hopefully you’re going

in a productive (i.e. the right)

direction.  Of course, again,

you’ll know when you get

there–small compensation,

but at least you’ll

know.  Sitting on the side-

lines you’ll never know

even though you might

not get your head bashed

in on the field.  (hopefully,

of Dreams).

 

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Crossing the line

I want to break out

of the mold

the die

I was cast in.

Reach over the fence

unlock the gate

and walk through.

To a new field–

of dreams…

pleasant ones

I can grab

and embrace

and hold tight

to

for a while

until it’s time

to let go again

and wander

into a new field–

of dreams…

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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The Hare and the Turtle

“No, you can’t go, you need to rest.

You’ll over do it.  Already it’s a painful

adjustment to increase your exercise

to an aerobic 45 min. session everyday.”

Yes, it isn’t easy to start when you’re

not used to something.  But I took

it one day at a time to see how

far I could go without injury,

crashing, etc.

So far, so good.  My tendency to

“push” and criticize to look for

“perfection” had to be let go.

Slow worked better than I thought.

Lighter weights were a good workout,

anyway.  I can always move up.

I tend to injure going too fast

or pushing too hard.

So, all the voices in my head

are being stood up to for the

vaporous, substance-less, negative

imaginings they are.

I feel better about myself running.

Going slowly until my

conditioning improves makes it

possible.  Thank God!

 

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Beyond the Stars

I wonder at the sky

why so much is up there

unknown

and so much less is down

here where we are, on Earth?

I want to know what there

is to know of interest to me.

My mind thirsts for knowledge,

understanding, new discoveries.

Some day we will leave the

Earth for distances we can

barely comprehend right now.

Permanently, maybe, or we may

come back for a nostalgic visit,

but moving on we must.  To

grow, evolve and become–

become what?  more human?

more machine?

Where are we headed, anyway?

 

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a gift

I think I just got a

gift from the universe.

I’ll see how it plays out.

I can almost make it into

a gift

by how I handle it…

I did that today.

It actually worked out

pretty good.

Looking back we always–

or at least I do–see

room for improvement.

How am I supposed to

learn if I don’t enact

what I know in my head–

or think I do–so well.

The errors will

come to light and I will

try again with

more experience under

my belt to bring results

I’m more satisfied with.

 

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A New Path

You find a new path

you keep following it

until it leads you

out of the woods.

Side excursions are

adventurous risks

you take off the beaten

path.  Experiments

with promise worth

the veer–or not.

Errors take a toll

but ruts take a

bigger one disguised

as ease and pretended

progress.

Be honest.  Let go of

unworthy ventures.

Ride the dips but

when the peaks are

lost, it may be

time to find yet

a new path.

Keep open to

exploring.

No one learned

anything without it.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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