These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thoughts on Tuesday

I wrote this a while back and kept forgetting to publish it. Now seems as good a time as any, and I don't have to think this morning. Yeah, I'm lazy that way!


If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
~Ray Bradbury

I've liked this quote for a long time. There have been many times in my life that I had to take that proverbial leap of faith and believe it would work out. I have to say, most times it did.

In looking back over my life, I see so many times that I now know it was a good thing that I trusted my wings to materialize. I don't think of myself as an adventurous person, yet, in many ways, I think I am. I hate the trepidations about taking that next step at times, because it is stepping into a void, an unknown. That step is hard for most of us. There are some people that have that addiction to the rush, who love taking risks, and if they are not standing on quicksand, find life boring. I'm certainly not one of those! I like to know what is under my feet, and quicksand is not one of the things I'd step into knowingly. I've enjoyed my share of major roller coasters in my time, but in real life, I prefer a little bit more predictability.

I do like new experiences. I'm not a person who would be happy living out my years in a rocking chair, even on my deck with the breathtaking view. No, I like to shake it up a bit by meeting new people, going to places I've never been before, experiencing new foods, trying out new things. (I've been accused many times of being a techno-geek! Actually one, uh, friend called me a techno-ho!! LOL! Yeah, I like cutting edge gadgets!) To me that is fun and keeps my life spirited. I still have a long list of things on my bucket list, and as finances allow, I will do as many as I can. Sometimes, those adventures require a bit of faith that the wings will be there when I need them. Thus far, they have been.

Regardless of my own wishes, what I want to get from life, there is more to it than Hedonistic pleasures. If I don't expand myself to my fullest, I'm possibly cheating others of their life experiences, too. I say this because I believe every action we take has an effect on others (see last week's post on Thoughts onTuesday). Call it "karma." Call it "what goes around, comes around." Call it "cosmic energy." Whatever. I believe that what I do .... or don't do .... may have an influence the lives of others. (I think I'll post on that some time.) If someone my age sees me moving those rocks in my garden, perhaps they will get out of the rocking chair and, well, maybe not move rocks, but do something new and challenging in their lives. If my grandchildren see that I'm still capable of enjoying many things that they do, perhaps I will help them to dispel stereotypes about aging. Better yet, maybe they'll invite me on their adventures!

So. I need to allow my wings to grow. And I will. It is an important part of my life, taking calculated risks and allowing my life to fill enough space to make me smile and soar, and to touch others, as well. And with that, another quote that relates in a way to all this:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed condition; to know even one life has breathed because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

May we all succeed!!!


  1. Really great post! Thank you.

  2. I just realized something about this post. I wrote it before I made the decision to go to HI. In rereading it I recognized that I took my own advice when I began making plans for this trip. There is a lot of "reason to not go at this time" involved, but I also knew there were reasons that postponing the trip would affect myself and my host, too. So I took that step into the void. I'm so glad I did. I think it is the right thing. We'll reassess that when I get back!

  3. Great post :) I hijacked that first quote for my fb status. I love love love the RWE quote as well.
    Love you,my friend. Can't wait to see all the HI pics!

  4. YG, I am so excited about the trip!! Isn't it funny how thing work out like this? I wrote this, but it being delayed by my forgetfulness is a reassurance to me that I made the right decision in going now vs. delaying until "the right time." We all know that time never arrives! And I really need to go now, while my friend's health still allows him to enjoy our time together as fully as possible.

  5. I love your outlook on life Lyn. And after reading your blog for some time now, I think that you are a fun person to be around! If I ever get the chance, I am going to fly out there so that you can show me the town! Those were great quotes. Ralph was pretty awesome himself!
    Love Di ♥

  6. Di, you just jet down here (or drive) and I’ll show you around town (15 minutes), the rest of the county (a couple hours) and then we will yak-yak-yak for several days! No, actually there is a lot to see here, and we can talk while we see it! C’mon down! Hey, I’m meeting another blogger friend next Monday in ABQ! I’m psyched!

  7. Thought you might like this.

    Crash and Burn

    When I think of
    all the things I should have done
    all the things I could have done
    all the things I've never done

    I feel like my soul is on the run

    I've always been too cautious too sensible too wise

    A kamikaze pilot comes to mind
    methodically going through
    the correct take off procedure
    then skilfully flying his plane
    on his way to crash and burn

    We should begin at the crash and burn
    but that is where we end
    and if in this moment
    we know what we should have done
    it comes with the price that the chance is gone
    and this is where we find and can hardly miss
    as it dances a Jig
    around the smouldering wreckage
    of all our sensibleness

    And in this moment I will know
    I should have lived more on the edge
    I should have taken more chances along the way
    does it matter if we singe our wings
    when we're going to crash and burn anyway

    This is what I believe
    I believe that one day soon
    I will stand before God
    and be asked to give an account of my life
    and what will I say
    will I say
    "Caution made me recklessly
    throw every chance away"
    That would be a twist in the tale
    a day of going back to school
    to learn all I should have been
    was more of a fool.

  8. Jimmy, this was one of the comments that blogger wouldn't let me comment on the other day, then I forgot! I wanted to say I really like the poem! Thanks for sharing it!


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