Bird Droppings June 12, 2021
Seeking a destination
“Life is about the journey not the destination; we don’t know what tomorrow brings” Steven Tyler, AEROSMITH
Every once in a while, I get totally amazed, and as I was driving from point A to point B not too many days ago a song was playing in my son’s car, and it happened to be playing on XM radio with that line in it. I meant to write down which song and forgot later he told me it is from the song Awesome. I Knew the line as he had left me a note nearly twenty-five years ago after a friend passed away.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating you.” George Bernard Shaw
We each get up in the morning and begin the day usually very similar to the day previous just as always in the later hours of morning on a Saturday my house is quiet. One son is off making his life in Southern Pines North Carolina having graduated from Georgia Tech in chemical engineering and now in environmental engineering. Another son graduated from Piedmont College with a master’s degree in science education and teaches in a nearby high school. My youngest son also graduated from Piedmont College and is a registered nurse living in Meansville Georgia and currently working in Albany Georgia in ICU. I am up early in the morning on the computer studying, researching, and writing working on my dissertation through Georgia Southern university.
I recall a few summers back my youngest was at music camp for a week when my father passed away. My youngest son’s passion has been the blues harmonica back in the day as he says his cousin and my oldest were jamming together, focusing on old southern rock and blues. Who knows maybe they will turn some folks on to some old Robert Johnson songs instead of the pop music so many teenagers listen to now a days. So many memories as I think this morning.
I went by my mother’s house that particular day to drop off her groceries as I used to do many times a week sometimes. Occasionally it is to drop off digital photos for my mother’s hobby she is creating greeting cards from photos and artwork. Her cards use an image on the front and then she will write a poem or phrase to go inside. I went driving around years back looking for a picture of a spider web one day for her and in the process took 60 other photos. One I had used as a screen saver for many weeks for my laptop of my oldest son’s saltwater tank. It has been nearly twenty years since he has had a reef tank, basically a saltwater aquarium that simulates a coral reef, in miniature. The denizens are primarily colonial polyps and other invertebrates which from a few feet away look like lumps of rock in a very brightly lit tank. However, when you get up close and the rocks have quarter inch creatures with tentacles waving in the current they are very much alive. One of the pictures I took was of a group of anemones that cluster together each only a quarter inch wide covering a piece of coral rock with what looks like hair till you look closely and it is tiny tentacles catching microscopic creatures in the water. A tiny mantis shrimp that hatched in the tank was swimming about and got his or her picture taken, each of them less than a sixteenth of an inch long. What is amazing is how much beauty is contained in a space so small.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
So many people are not content and struggle looking for what may be right in front of them. It is our outlook and perception that are crucial to truly seeing and hearing in this reality. Daily I hear people complain about teaching how they do not like teaching or do not like working with children. I keep wanting to say well do something else then.
“How far is far, how high is high? We’ll never know until we try.” California special Olympics song
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” Walt Disney
It is the entire journey, it is walking along seeing all there is to see, not missing that minute detail, or word and with conviction achieving your goals. No one can see what you see or hear what you hear only a vague proximity and only you will know when your goal is met. In 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary stepped to the top of the world on Mt. Everest 29,000 feet plus above sea level no one else had ever done that, now Nepal is a tourist trap with thousands coming through not all to climb but many to say they were there.
I heard from several friends lately through Facebook from so many years ago and one used the word new when describing those days from so long ago. I wrote to another friend this morning about how that was such a good word for back then so many things were brand new almost like opening presents. But today I just do not rip off the paper and see the new toy I look at each minute detail. I try and listen far more carefully granted I am old, and hearing is slightly going still better than most peoples. When I was younger, I was rushing through life and things were new and so much to see like running through the park to simply say I have been there. I now stop and ponder and wonder about the details the pieces to the puzzle. No longer is it about getting done it is truly about the journey.
“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” Sir Edmund Hillary
We all can achieve, we all can do great things, we all can overcome obstacles, it is confidence, constancy, courage, and curiosity as Disney said. Keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts namaste.
My family and friends I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)