Spending Time With Cool People

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I’ve been enjoying time with my daughter and her family in the sunny weather around the Bay Area!  This is my daughter, Hayley, pushing Matilda on the swing!

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Matilda playing in the plastic tube!

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Matilda at the steering wheel!

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Pictures of Matilda on the slide were taken by Hayley.

Hope you’re having a great day!

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Visiting The Bay Area

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 A Tangerine Tree

I saw this little tangerine tree while on a walk with my daughter, Hayley, and her family. Although many parts of the United States are battling snow and cold temperatures, the Bay Area is sunny and warm. The size of the tree with  eight or more pieces of fruit on it reminded me of the verse in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers…”  Many young people are successful and produce good work!  I admire the work of the youth today!  I look forward to seeing the fun things my grandchildren will be doing as they continue to grow!

Seeing the Beauty

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 A Peony Flower

I took this picture a few years ago of the bud of a peony flower found in our family garden.

Seeing the beauty in a moment requires simply slowing down and noticing what is going on around you.

Yesterday, I was caught in rush hour traffic on Marion Street in downtown Salem, Oregon.  Marion Street is a one way street with three to four lanes of traffic headed west with what feels like fifty lights, but in actuality it probably only has eight or more.  As only one or two cars moved forward with each light, I became lost in the time warp of standing traffic. While I was stopped at a light waiting for my turn to go forward, I began  wondering if my car was compact enough to pass through an intersection without blocking a crosswalk. Just at that moment, the driver of the car to my right caught my attention. The man at the steering wheel had drumsticks in his hands. The driver was probably listening to music, but instead of gripping the steering wheel, he was moving the drumsticks with great rhythm on the dash board of his car, his torso moving side to side; his head was focused, yet lilt and relaxed…like drummers move when they’re playing their instrument. Seeing this, I instantly smiled, and thought to myself, “What an interesting idea, I would have never thought of using the time sitting in traffic to practice an instrument.”   I found the driver with his fast moving drum sticks very relaxing to watch.  In the flash of a second, the light turned green, the cars got reshuffled, and the driver with the drumsticks was gone, but the joy of the moment is still with me.

Something on My Heart

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I was thinking about a post I read recently on a blog written by Pete Earley. These words have come back to me several times since I read them a few weeks ago, because I think they are so true. The title of the post was: The More Sensitive, The More Susceptible: A Son’s Words.

I (Pete Earley) am drawn to what Sander Pick, the son of Jessie Close, said during a speech a few years ago.

“I’ve always thought that the more sensitive a person is, the more susceptible they are to mental illnesses. A sick joke in our universe is that the more it allows a person to see its beauty and deep connectivity, the more difficult it becomes for that person to maintain good mental health.

     “In our culture, we tend to treat this tradeoff with a fierce double standard. As long as they are sharing with us beautiful insights into humanity, we will love and cherish them as heroes, but if they fall into substance abuse, depression or any other form of mental illness, we tend to say, ‘It’s not our problem.’

     “Classically, these are artists, musicians, writers, etc., but, of course, they come in all sorts, unsung or not. These people tend to add value and meaning to our lives. At their best, they are the types who make us laugh and cry, to learn and to take risks and to love. They are brave and it angers me that as a society, we abandon them when their skies darken.”  -Jessie Close

It would be so good to know what to do when another person’s “skies darken.”  There is a lot to learn on how to help someone in their time of need. I feel I have so much to learn.

To find this post and other things written by Pete Earley click here:  Blog: Pete Earley