Well folks…. Its been 10 months since I started this Blog. So “In 11 months” is here in one month!!!! – keep posted. A lot has happened – minus my utter lack of active blogging. In a few weeks I will be updating what happened in 11 months and thereafter I will blog what the next 11 months may look like. Its also my plan to blog more. But stay tuned to find out about all the changes and enjoy the ride!!! I did (and didn’t at times).
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Steve Jobs gave me a career, expanded my horizons, imagination and creativity and gave me the tools necessary to do so!!! May he rest in peace and in spite of what he may have said, he HAS changed the world.
As a designer and artist, a quote of his I really appreciate:
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” [Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]
If one ever takes the time (and has an excellent and clear, unfettered memory) to review how they ended up where they are in their current life situation it might amaze how one singular event, seemingly insignificant at the time, has had an obvious and demonstrative effect on their present state. It actually happens all the time, perhaps billions of times a day, one small decision that delays or accelerates your movement by one second could mean the difference between life and death. Ever witness a car accident right in front of you or someone running a red light? And you think, “If I hadn’t stopped in the parking lot to tie my shoe…” I am not referring to these things. Call them whatever you like fate or luck or whatever your belief may be, they really are out of our control and 99% of the time we are unaware of them. Merely writing this blog post may be setting me up for disaster or something fantastic to happen or will have no effect whatsoever on my day today. I am calling upon the moments in your life, perhaps years or even decades ago, that you can pinpoint have unequivocally made you what you are today. A chain reaction like falling dominoes all set in motion from one really smart or one really dumb decision. Can you think of one of those?
Its been a long time since I posted anything but I came across this poem and thought I would share it…
A Child to Love
(one the most classic motivational poems)
You can have your wealth and riches
All the things so many seek,
Position, power, and success,
The fame you long to keep.
You can earn as much as you wish,
Reach a status high above,
But none of these can equal
Having one sweet child to love.
‘Tis the greatest gift from heaven,
Little arms that hold you tight,
And a kiss so soft and gentle
When you tuck them in at night.
A million precious questions
And each story often read,
Two eyes so bright and smiling,
And a darling tousled head.
God has never matched the goodness
Of a trusting little face,
Or a heart so full of laughter
Spreading sunshine every place.
A child to hold and cuddle,
‘Tis a gift from God above,
And the world is so much brighter
When you have a child to love.
I can’t help but notice the deliriously ignorant approach my 3-year-old takes towards time. Being 41, even in the contemporary “40 is the new 30” mentality, I am far right on the bell curve – perhaps several standard deviations from the average age an adult human is a parent to someone 39 months of age. Most of my friends, even the “smart” ones (just kidding) have pre-teens, tweens or even teenagers. I have a very close friend that is a grand-uncle. Yikes!!!!
Back to time…..
I guess the fascination rests on two things I noticed today playing catch in the pool with Fisher.
First of all, is that these little folks really do live in the “Now”. We talk about living in the “Now” all the time. But these little people really do. Just stop and watch and listen: “I want to go to McDonald’s”, “I have to go potty”, “I want to go to the beach”, “I am hot”, “I am tired”, ” Are we there yet?” Rhetorically inscribed in all of these declarations (and questions) is literally The Power of Now. But are they all selfish comments from a toddler? Or the gargantuan chants of a Buddha? In the now…. Interesting thing to ponder. What is the opposite of living in The Now? Responsibility? A stop watch? Calendars? 9-5??? Who said Time is a Healer??? Time is killing us….
Another observation, a confirming observation because this is something I have thought about for a long time, is that, as Einstein confirmed and proved – Time is truly relevant. At what age do we stop wishing we are older, wishing we are younger and as I recently did, take out a calculator and figure out how many hours I (statistically speaking, on average) have left to live??? It has taken exactly one hour and 17 minutes for my Fisher to eat lunch (and he still isn’t finished) – a rather large percentage of my statistical life. It is 85 degrees outside and not a cloud in the sky. And now it is nap time. He doesn’t care because he has x number of perfect days left to enjoy. I have far less.
But, every day with Fisher is a perfect day and I just wish time could stop. Time, please stand still or at the very least….take a freaking break once in a while….Jeez, some of of us are trying to live around here…………..