Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Are you gardening weeds or roses?

I look back on 2010 and wonder how in the world I was able to blog nearly every day! Now, I seem to have run out of words to write. It is June 1st tomorrow and for the past 3 weeks I really have been busy and doing things! Really, I have.

I have written a number of chapters to my books, worked full time, went fishing a couple times, took a weekend Harley ride trip, planted a garden, planted flowers, lost a dear puppy companion, planned a couple vacations, helped out a number of friends, was on a radio talk show, cleaned the house and I am sure I completed a number of other items off the to-do list. So why haven't I written about them?
Well it occurred to me that sometimes life gets busy! Busy is a great way because being busy means you are living and growing and learning.

I am all about planning and writing goals and objectives, but for a while here I was planning so much I wasn't getting things done. It was like I was planning so much that the plans became the weeds that get in the way of a beautiful garden. I started to wonder where the days went as the list of weedy things to do and plans/goals/objectives grew.

There is a saying that goes something like this "You can pray to God for help, but sometimes you have to work for what you want as well!" And there is another saying that goes "she who plants weeds cannot expect to grow roses". Both came to mind today as I was driving home and taking stock of what the last month has meant to me.
We sometimes get so busy with planning that time goes by and nothing gets done! Plans are only as good as allowing for time to make the plans a reality, but when plans become down time that allows the weeds to grow in your personal garden you have to get off your knees and get to work! You have to move out of planning and into action.
I didn't plan a lot of the 'things' I did this year; in fact I have planned little since March. I decided that I had thought enough about my plans and dreams. I had written and rewritten my goals and plans so many times I was dreaming about it. I was letting the planning become my weeds! It was time to grow...it was time to do...it was time to take some changes and see what I could accomplish.
I know there are many who believe in making sure you always have a plan, but sometimes your plan becomes the weeds...they get in the way of the flowers.
As we begin June we begin the growing season. It is time to get rid of the weeds and start growing your personal flowers. Take action and plant your garden! So today I will continue to grow roses and work hard to keep the over planning over analyzing and over thinking weeds from my garden.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Passing of a Companion

It has been a weird kind of month so far. We celebrated Mother's Day with all the flowers and glory it deserves. Some of us celebrated Cinco de Mayo with all the beer and Mexican food you could eat. Some of us celebrated birthdays with cake and friends. Some of us said goodbye to loyal companions.

I did all of the above.  I could chat about the celebrating side of the past few days, but I wanted to share a top ten lessons learned from my good old Brandy.

Brandy and I have been companions for around 8 years now, but I have known her since she was about 4 months old. She was my folks dog and they gave her to me 8 years ago.  I had to put my little 14 year old puppy down as she was suffering from a bad case of arthritis and it got to a point when she looked at me I knew. It was a very difficult day and it has been a difficult week just wondering what to say about it. Tonight I think I know.

Lessons Learned from my Brandy

1. You can grow very close to someone or something very quickly if you trust them and allow them to trust you.
2. It is always appropriate to have a little bite to your bark as it lets others know you are someone that deserves a little respect.
3. Never be afraid to play in the yard even when you think no one is watching.
4. Also take the opportunity to enjoy a nice walk in the park.
5. It is okay to ask for a little comfort by laying your head on their lap.
6. You can live peacefully with other breeds and types. Don't let fear get in the way of living in peace.
7. Having a treat a day keeps your tail wagging.
8. The grass is cool under a tree on a hot summer day.
9. Play in the snow like you have never seen it before.
10. Know that unconditional love goes both ways.

I lost a true companion and friend last week, but the lessons I learned from her will stay with me forever.
Here is to all of us who have had this experience and are now remembering the lessons that have made us who we are today.

Brandy will be waiting at The Rainbow Bridge

Monday, May 2, 2011

Relaxed and Ready for the World

I took a little break from posting here as I explored a few other options. The weather hasn't cooperated with the fishing part of my world so I have had a lot of time to sit, relax, and think about the future. In short, asking myself "what do I want to be when I grow up?" I don't think any of us can ask this question enough, at least I can't.

I find that life presents a fluid stream of opportunities. Some you jump at, some you wade into and others you walk by.

During some of the days within the past 3 weeks I have walked by the chance to do outdoor tasks due to the relentless rain and snow. Other days I have waded in a bit to test the waters - baking more, cleaning more, a few Harley rides, and fishing video creation to name a few. On the other days I have jumped head into the waters and come out refreshed and ready to swim. A new job, a new opportunity, new book ideas, writing a few chapters throughout the nights, and even more scripting for the fishing videos. Head over heels I have jumped in and checked it out.

What I have found, in my jump, is that there are a lot of people out there, some call them friends, that were and are more than willing to make sure I stay in the water. Working on new projects at work, creative writing and story ideas, help reading through chapters, working on blogs and videos, moral support and at times just making sure I am staying in the deep end.

As I look back on the last 3 weeks I wondered how all of this became possible. How did I get the jump in point without really knowing how to swim? It was today on my drive home from work that it hit me! Had I not told some of my closest friends my dreams and passions I probably would not have taken the jump. It was by their support and words of encouragement that gave me the feeling and strength to live my passion and try something new.

It reminded me that we all need a lot of support surrounding us during our time on earth. They are earths little angels that are placed in our lives to help us along the way. They are daily reminders of who you are and are more than willing to help you become who you want to be -- if only you let them in on your secret passions.

I am definitely relaxed and ready for the next chapter (s) in my life. A great job takes care of a lot of hours, but there are a whole lot of other things besides work I can accomplish as well.

Take the time to think about all that is possible in your day. You have 24 hours every day to make a difference in your life! Don't waste them, don't stop them from happening, rather embrace every second and get ready for the world!