The Way

These three showing me the way. No shit no líe, it’s been a rough last twelve or so months.

Standing up and stepping up for these three has given me more purpose and power than expected.

So grateful for them, for the foundation they create…just by being. So blessed I am to have them in my life.

They show me the way every day, they light the way, that love we have, that is the way.

Yes yes, Amen.

Lyrics Post: “Desire”

This one, burns strong, forever low simmer, since I heard it the first time. Speaks to part of my mind-set of late…awhile…searching, waiting, wanting, hmm…

…Stay patient.

Lover, I’m on the street
Gonna go where the bright lights 
And the big city meet
With a red guitar…on fire
Desire

She’s a candle burning in my room
Yeah I’m like the needle, needle and spoon
Over the counter with a shotgun
Pretty soon everybody got one
And the fever when I’m beside her
Desire, desire…

And the fever…getting higher
Desire, desire…burning, burning

She’s the dollars
She’s my protection
Yeah she’s a promise
In the year of election
Oh sister, I can’t let you go
Like a preacher stealing hearts
At a traveling show
For love or money money money
money money money money money
money money money
And the fever, getting higher
Desire, desire, desire, desire
Desire, desire

Writers: Larry, Adam, Edge, Bono

Soak Up The Ordinary

Again and again I thought about how important it is to appreciate and celebrate the ordinary. Most of life is spent in the “ordinary.” Nothing says we can’t delight in that very thing, like:

Being warm.

A cozy place to sleep.

Tasty food.

Good music.

Friends.

Wearing comfy clothes.

A thoughtful word.

A hug.

The coast.

Sunrise.

A good night’s sleep.

Sunset.

Being with those we love.

Stay Open, Patient, and Listen

These three came at me in a rush, like my three kids, maybe. As seems to often happen to me, it’s the switch-up, the change of pace, that provides perspective, new lenses, a catalyst to realize the obvious, or not so obvious, right under your nose.

This simple trifecta of awareness during a week off with the kids, simple life lessons, reminders:

Be Open. To ideas, change, the unexpected. Look for the path forward; it might not be where you think. Be open; it will show itself.

Stay Patient. It’s good to have a quick pace at times, but if you get slowed, detoured, knocked down, don’t give up. Stay patient.

Listen. To others, those around you, whether you want to or not, sometimes, listen. And listen to yourself too. Sometimes there’s a long pause. Sometimes the voice is a finally heard, a whisper. Sometimes it’s in the voices of crazy little kids, even. Listen.

Oh and maybe a bonus too: Keep your sense of humor; don’t get too serious for too long; keep it fresh.

Reflections, Week Off, First Up, LOVE

Main lessons from the week off work, with the kids, adventures here and there.

First and foremost, Love. Always it seems to come back to this foundation. Why?

It’s the basis of all motivation, I think. At least for me. At least that’s what I try for.

Frustrated? Need more patience? More love.

Need to dig deeper? More love.

Kids not listening? More love.

A bit (or a lot) lonely? More love. Give more love.

Again and again this came up this week. I was surprised, since I didn’t have the added dynamic of work in the front of my mind.

And so as things unfolded, that was my constant reminder:

Love.

More Love.

Give More Love.

Express More Love.

Let Love provide patience.

Let Love allow you to cope and improvise.

Let Love lead.

LOVE.

JLud4 Summer Adventures 2021, Saturday

Tried again, made it, last day, Point Lobos.

Foggy cool perfect through mid-day.

Never enough rocks to climb on.

Locale like I remember it, blessed. Lots of people here and there. Popular spot.

Great views, great rocks, great water.

Excitement on the way home, safe arrival, given the circumstances, all good.

Sleep well? That’s the plan.

JLud4 Summer Adventures 2021, Friday

Busy Morning,

House Meeting ran long,

Day got hotter,

Change of plans,

Second Rest Day,

Kids down to basics,

Finding some stride just as the week draws to close,

Disconnected, tho’ re-orientation looms, back to chase, grind, regular schedule, but can I,

Start anew,

in a new way?

Maybe that’s a lesson from the week (every week?), maybe there’s a common theme,

A guiding light,

adventure on, need not be on PTO to live, live each day, blended, true,

Little ideas bubble up, wee hours, one underlying theme keeps coming back,

Oh did I mention,

Tent in the yard all week?

Kids want to sleep in the tent all week, so we did,

Now almost to the end of adventure week,

A little more in store, maybe a lot, maybe every day, guided by?

What’s the rabbit out of the hat?

The common thread for the week,

every week, everyday,

every transition,

morning,

Noon,

Night?

Love,

Love?

LOVE.