Life with Death

The other day I was driving by a cemetery and had a stong feeling that I should stop.

While walking around the grave stones I felt this over whelming sence of love and peace. All the graves were decorated with wind chimes, figurines of angels and other objects even bottles of liquor depicting item that the love one once loved or enjoyed.

Death seems so final to us that are left behind, but in actually our departed love one is at peace and are at rest.

Even though it is difficult for us to say goodbye… We can show love in our own way whether elaborately decorating our love ones head stones or just remembering them fondly.  I feel they are with us as we go about our day-to-day life.

One of my favorite poems is by Henry Scott Holland,

All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,

I have only slipped away into the next room,

I am I, and you are you,

Whatever we were to each other, that we are still,

Call me by my old familiar name,

Speak to me in the same easy way which you always did,

Put no difference into your tone;

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be the household word that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect, without the shadow of a ghost on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity,

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am just waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well.

My First Blog

This gentleman and his dog watching life go by….
Suns Out Guns Out !
Getting some exercise while having fun.
A couple of Young ladies getting some rays…..
Being at peace using Yoga as a medium.
Enjoying the sights and sounds…

As I embark on a new and exciting adventure into social media, I asked the holy spirit to guide me and to lead me in whatever direction I should proceed. This is not comfortable to me but i embrace it like a hunter would embrace a porcupine. They say the more you do it the easier it will become. With Gods help it will become easier.

This weekend was incredible the weather in South Florida was Hot and Humid but it was wonderful on the beaches…. I decided to go to Deerfield beach with a buddy of mine that I have known for all my adult life. We went to a local burger joint called Charm Burger, they make an excellent charbroiled burger with a secret sauce…. yum. We got there after noon and the small place was packed but we were lucky enough to get a parking space in front of the door and got a table easily.

We then headed to the beach Sun, Fun and beautiful people… Lots of people out enjoying the beach weather. With Camara, Cigar and Ipod in hand I set out to capture some images that spoke to me….

Life is what you make it as

someone once said…. Even though we all have issues try to accentuate the positive and walk away from the negative drama of life…. Be Well.

Friends

Water Buffalo, Keep in cool in the mud pit……

Why is it important to have friends? This question reminds me of a meeting I had with my guidance counselor in high school… I went to see him because I felt I was not able to make good friends. At the time I was shy and insecure. He gave me an assignment to go to downtown Montego Bay, Jamaica and position myself in the front of Woolworth department store and introduce myself to anyone that happened to walk by.

Two friends giving each other the eye….

I could not get up the courage to complete the assignment, but the reason he gave as to why people need friends is that friends help in times of need. The 1985 song by Dionne Warwick & friends song comes to mind, “That’s What Friends Are For”. Comes to mind every time I think of why we have close or best friends.

The challenge I have faced though is to discern which friends are good friends that I can count on, and which friends are bad news… As Proverbs 18:24 says There are friends who destroy each other but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Another revelation I had about friendship was that to attract good friends, one must be a good friend. A good friend that is reliable, dependable, trustworthy, a confidant, a shoulder to cry on, an encourager, a supporter, never a judge and someone you can come to get an honest answer.

Love Birds showing some LOVE

I came across some quotes on friendship…

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

“You can go through life and make friends every year – every month practically – but there is never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. These are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.” – Alexander McCall Smith

“Bird Feeding”

In analysing my life, I have or had some wonderful friends and I cherish their friendship, and I have had some toxic ones that I am happy we are no longer friends. Some I needed to forgive in order to move on, others it was important that I forget them.

Friendship is a two-way street like any other relationship, if you’re so called friend is taking more than they are giving, does not have your best interest in mind, or is sucking your peace its time to move on.