Perspective on Relevance

This blog is going to be taking on a new role in addition to its reflection on the natural world and life.

More and more I have noticed how foundational the patterns and cycles in nature are related to our own human perspective on life and our sense of place. Like plants, we need to have roots established wherever it is we exist to help maintain our overall being.

For example, an understanding and appreciation of the history of a place can go a long way in living a more fulfilling life. We know of many instances where the rise and fall of a civilization or culture has been linked to the people’s understanding of their history, or lack there of. One classic example mentioned a lot is the Roman Empire. Here we see a dream or ideal of a form of culture that grew and expanded to greatness but then seemed to stagnate and decline. What happened to them? Where did they go wrong?

Well, it’s said that over the hundreds of years that the Roman Empire grew, these people gradually strayed away or over time lost sight of the ideals and practiced principles that made them great. Once disconnected from what made them who they were, the Roman Empire lost its will to be and eventually came apart. How is this kind of decline repeated today?

Many may agree that we can see some of the same trends in our own society and nation today. In some instances, we have failed to recognize the relevancy of our history. After all, haven’t we recorded history for a couple of hundred of years now? Surely we should have learned a few things by now? Circumstances and events in our history tend to repeat. We should use the knowledge gained to make better choices for our future.

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This week I begin work as Executive Dire

This week I begin work as Executive Director of the West Volusia Historical Society. http://ow.ly/JNxHy

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This week I begin work as Executive Dire

This week I begin work as Executive Director of the West Volusia Historical Society

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Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

We’ve probably by now all seen or heard that line from Forest Gump but have you ever experienced it?
Sometimes the most seemingly trite and mundane remarks bear more fruit in our lives than we realize. Due to past experiences, I’ve come to recognize some significance to simple things, such as a sunrise or sunset; after all one never knows when she or he is witnessing their last.
Life is fluid and we really don’t know what’s around the corner past what we normally perceive we have control over. We just don’t know.
But rather than fret or sit stigmatized with the reality that we are not the center of our known universe, we need to step out boldly where truly no person has knowingly gone. We need to acknowledge who and what we are and not be afraid to do something with our lives.
Dream and strive to do things to achieve that dream. It may be true that the unexpected will bring along detours but every step of the journey does somehow serve a purpose in reaching that ultimate goal. Look at those pieces of chocolate as the fascinating flavors that they can bring to our lives. You never know when one might turn out to be that anticipated something.

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We Are But A Flicker of Light

Light and life have many things in common.

As I’ve shared before, light brings illumination to our day. It reveals all things bright and beautiful. By its’ presence our daily lives find brightness and warmth. Likewise, life gives a gift of incalculable wealth to everything it touches.

Rays of sunlight do not know the great value that they bring to the world. Plants know. The miraculous biochemical reaction of photosynthesis, which allows plants to produce their own food and thus form the base for countless chains of interaction between living things, derives its’ energy from sunlight. We on the other hand may not be able to make out own food, but we can nurture and foster life in much of what we do.

A person’s life may not seem important to them at times yet their actions and deeds can impact countless others. We tend to be impressionable and remember certain things, like those things which bring joy and laughter to our lives. Like the ripples in water, these kinds of acts spread out through the lives of those we touch and on into the lives they too interact with.

Each day, our light shines and brings hope and joy to others. It can glow bright with the loving warm like the sun or it can do harm in what it radiates. We all have a choice in how choose to shine in this world and it should not be taken lightly.

As the sun rises and travels across the sky, our lives journey over time and space. At some point our light reaches it’s’ zenith and fade or blink out. In time each of our lives will flicker out. What kind of light are you giving to the lives around you? How will that light shine on?

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Sunrise Reset

Life can sometimes suck, pure an simple. Fortunately, everyday there’s a reset.

Like a lot of people, I was laid off when our economy took a nosedive. My life, my routine, my very existence became strangely altered. I suddenly came under my own critical introspection critiquing everything I’d ever done and not liking myself. That’s when I started to notice the sunrise.

Since I had spare time on my hands, sitting with a cup of coffee at dawn formed the start of each day of job searching. Sitting there in the quiet of the morning, the natural things I observed offered me subtle reminders to that my life wasn’t ending, it was rebeginning.

I saw bumblebees stunned by the evening chill and seemingly dead slowly come to life. With those same morning rays of light, I listened to birds in the tree tops open the day with cheerful song. As the sun crept up over the horizon I began to find myself smiling at the varied patterns of color painted before me and I found myself feeling encouraged and renewed for the day.

Oh sure, the challenges in my life and need for a job remained but I was now looking forward, not backward. Each sunrise seemed to beckon me, fill me, fuel me, and brighten my day. I took each of those moments and treasured them, tucking their comforting impressions into the forefront of my days.

Gradually, over time my daily renewal changed my outlook and disposition. Like that bumblebee I once closely observed, each day the welcoming morning sunrise brought new life to me. Now, each morning as I ride the train to my new job, I sit by the window and watch with joy each day’s renewing sunrise. Have you taken the time to renew your day?

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Wonder Never Ending

The thing I like most about observing life outside my window is it’s never boring.

Despite the cycles and rhythms there is always something of wonder to observe. Take for example a day’s view of the sky. Today, as on many days I occupied my travel time on the train to work watching the ever changing view of the sky.

From dawn to dusk it captured my fascination with its morphing appearance. No two occasions did I see the sam thing, it was always changing! And that is where I derived a bit of encouragement for my day.

The sky is always there. Like death and taxes, the sky is ever with us. But unlike those two pains in our lives we can find scenes of beauty to brighten and lift our spirits.

At the end of a long day, the progression of wonder painted across the sky beckons to us that the is beauty in our day. Seize it.

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