Exposure to life, knowing
Exposure to life, knowing
“Be careful in dealing with a man who cares nothing for comfort or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous uncomfortable enemy, because his body, which you can always conquer, gives you little purchase upon his soul.”
Hmmm….My current state of mind. That’s all I have to say about that….
“When you come to the point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin.”
We all find quotes that ring true for us at one point or another in our lives. Ones that make us think and feel, ones that motivate us to make changes and as a result give us the ability to take that quote as our own. I have reached a point where the want or the need to impress anyone, especially as it relates to the colleagues at my job, is in the past.
Since I am a teacher, I only need to keep the well being of my students in mind. My job requires me to make sure that each of my students receive 100% of my focus, attention and experience every day.
Impress who? Not you!
“Tombstones covered the dale, the smooth marble surfaces bright. She had spent days here as a teenager, though not out of any awareness of mortality. Like every adolescent, she intended to live forever.”
“Live life with grace, there is no return from the grave.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
I had some time again before my daughters hcokey game so I ventured across the steet to this small cemetery and took these pictures.
A simple soul feels
The caress of each small touch,
Basking in the myth
Of pleasure, trying to see
The future, blue skies and life.
Will my eyes see through
The clouds ai night, foggy haze
Marking time, blinded?
What is it that connects us?
Do we share the same hopes and dreams?
Riding a plush orange sunset as it slowly melts
Behinds the trees and into the horizon,
Are we connected through time?
The slow measure of yesterday and the quick tempo
of today moves us as our lives touch and then fade away.
What is it then that connects us?
Don’t we all flow from the same fountain?
The fork in the road, the bend in the river,
Our differences should serve as inspiration, but instead we
Let the dagger of the vile and repugnant rule.
Over the years, whenever I have had to think something through or have had a particularly bad day, I’ll head to Anthony’s Nose. The Nose has proven to be a special place for me because it gives me the chance to get away from everything and do what I need to do to get back on track. The soft earth under my feet, the wind blowing around me and the warmth of the sun has been incredibly therapeutic for me.
Although I have made my way to the Nose during every season of the year, the winter months are a special time to hike there. Even though it isn’t that warm and snow or ice may cover the trail, it offers many more views than the other seasons. After spending some time at the top, I know that I can head back to real life refreshed and ready to move on.
In good times and bad-I have found my place.
For no one, cruel
Dark mask covers the unknown future,
Waiting, careful contemplation,
Each beat lost forever,
Standing on the road
Cars rush by, antiquated
Faces, empty and blank,
Stare back, sadness is the tale,
Eyes, vacant and lonely, see