With Easter fast approaching many of us are reminded of one of the earliest denials in history. That would be after Jesus was arrested and the soldiers asked Peter if he knew Christ? He proceeded to deny Jesus not once but three times before the rooster crew; which was prophesied by him who was betrayed. And Christ called Peter the “rock” him whom he would build his church upon. Now that’s the kind of confidence Jesus had that Peter would overcome the shame of his betrayal.
Denial is an everyday thing but being in denial can be a state of mind or refusal to accept something that you may not want to. So many people go through life not realizing that they may be in denial of something unless someone else points it out. The proverbial we’re blind to seeing that something in ourselves.
I think we all are looking to make this a better world. So many of us quick to see the “error in another’s ways” but slow to see it in ourselves. Regardless of where you stand the denial that you may harbor pales in comparison to Peter’s and look how far he went after he came to terms with his error. To a bright future, your walk of life; your brother in arms.
Contrary to anything you may have ever heard there isn’t a magic elixir for life. Life happens although we can direct our course daily by setting goals and steering our lifeboat on a course we desire. A great many people say they are defined by their livelihood. It’s true a good part of one’s life is committed to their vocation. For example, if you are a doctor not only did you spend extra time with your education and in most people’s eyes that’s how you’re viewed.
There may not be a formula for life but there is a lot you can do if you plan accordingly. So often young people hesitate sometimes for years in deciding what they want to do with their life and suddenly they find themselves in a career that they actually detest. This is not as uncommon as one would think. Check out the “Escalator of life” video.
In past generations a young man didn’t have to think twice about what he was going to do, it was predetermined by his parents to carry on in the family business. Today you still find that sort of thing if your family livelihood was fishing or farming for example but so many others will be charting their course in uncharted waters.
I have a widely varied background which is why I’ve been writing a book on helping others find out they were meant to do. Stay tuned, I will have further details as the process nears completion. We’ll help you to find your purpose, your reason and perhaps hidden desire for living.
Years ago I used to listen to my favorite sports team live from Arizona. I heard all the fans cheering on their team and I thought I can’t image that many people down there j the desert. I thought how and why would they live there. It had to be hot, dry and awful in that arid climate without water.
Now after living here for over 20 years, I’ve learned to appreciate the desert. We may be in the middle of a 20-year drought but lately, we’ve been blessed with an unusual amount of rainfall. The desert has plenty of greenery, the only downside being we‘re going to have a bumper crop of tumbleweeds this summer. It’s amazing how those sagebrush grow every year and uproot travel with the wind coming to rest in a fence and sometimes the grille of your vehicle.
Every year people migrate to the southwest, some for vacation, like the snowbirds that are everywhere now. Others are told to move here in the arid climate for health reasons. Subsequently, the growth has presented new problems with not enough water to support the population. The primary source of water is the mighty Colorado river, its blessings of rainfall that renews our hope for tomorrow.
On the Inauguration Day of the 45th President of the United States, a winter storm gripped most of the country. The storm spread from coast to coast and was present from the north to the south borders with travelers advisories in effect. Depending on what part of the country you live in exposure to the weather can be a little uncomfortable to extremely dangerous being exposed to the elements, snow and cold temperatures.
The national weather service has also said there are three storms sweeping across the nation back to back. Looking back at Washington D.C. the rain affected those attending the Inauguration but the depressing scene was all the violent demonstrators that smashed shops and cars only a mile away. At least 95 were arrested. By contrast, when the 44th president was sworn in there wasn’t a single infraction. Apparently, that’s the disposition of the haters as they did the same thing when their candidate of choice lost last November.
Adverse weather can affect one’s temperament. In this case, the demonstrators’ temperature of their temperament was already angry based on their actions. The new President took time out of his schedule to visit the Arlington Cemetary to lay a wreath on the “tomb of the unknown soldier”. Patriotism has been slipping away in America. Acts like this are not only admirable to US citizens and the military but other countries see a renewed Patriotic interest on display by our new President.
Eight years ago, those that voted for a new hope may not be the ones believing their hope is at hand but most of Americans do as evidenced by this past election. Before he was even close to taking office the President-Elect did a number of things to save American jobs and bolster the economy. That’s hope you can get behind, someone that takes an initiative to get it done. We need a leader, one that stands up to the corruption that has taken over Washington. So far, it looks like we have someone that America can get behind and earn the respect back on the world stage.
It’s safe to say that we’ve probably all been to the border, the edge and at the end of our rope on occasion perhaps some more than others. Things like stress, raising teenagers and for some dealing with bureaucracy has pushed your nerves to the brink. You know it’s the boiling point to the edge of your mind. The most severe example being at the end of your rope is generally a one-time deal, its when you hit rock bottom. A lot of people will never come to those cross roads, it wasn’t in the cards for them.
Then there’s the twenty questions from your child, children or coworkers all at once that crashes your thought capacity like a computer going down. What you do next, how you respond defines you. Erupting or exploding may feel like the only recourse but there’s a lot of constructive responses that will also prevent re-occurrences. A key is a calm response despite how frantic they are. Slowly, efficiently addressing their concerns in a prioritized manner and then subsequent steps to follow help to defuse the situation and restore their respect and faith in you.
Of course it isn’t all that easy and you do need a moment to process that overload of information. But give your mind some credit, you heard virtually all that was thrown at you and anything you miss will be brought up again and your response will be in accordance to your prioritization of the information. Responding in this manner becomes a win/win for all parties involved.
Actual southern border
Like in the picture above here in Arizona we deal with the Mexican border. Its not good or bad unless you’re caught in the crossfire. Yes the cartels are very active in this part of the country. The border patrol here, in New Mexico and El Paso are heavily burdened with traffic. As an individual if you run into them and don’t get out of the way you’ll be collateral damage. Regardless of your views on marijuana the different legalization measures have cut into the cartel’s profits so they’re switching gears. So, beware of a tall dark stranger if he comes riding in to your town, a tall dark stranger is danger. Sing it Buck.
I typically associate the term craving with food especially chocolate. Thinking about lunch or dinner I tend to sometimes have a craving for a particular cuisine, you know something comes to mind. Here my mind is following my heart and I have a yearning to travel. I traveled the country a lot when I was the National Account Manager for a Quartz stone company but that was ten years ago. My wife and I only travel once a year for our vacation and that’s just not enough. There’s far too much to see and take in out there.
The title refers to the Bob Seger song Travlin Man although I can remember Ricky Nelson’s version from when I was a little kid. I’m also thinking of Segar’s Ramblin Gamlin Man tune that has a nice traveling beat to it. There’s no doubt about it we like millions of other Americans want to take to the highway to see the sights. We’re considering a goose-neck trailer truck, if we can find one we really like or we’ll build our own tiny home.
I believe we all crave vacations, time to get away from all the everyday work routine and catch some R & R. Depending on your lot in life, if you’ve been with a company a long time or you have a government job you have the luxury of longer vacations but most of us are restricted to a one to two week stint. It’s nearly impossible to travel overseas with a short vacation that’s why we’re actually looking forward to the day we can retire so we can travel as far and as long as we like. Til then- happy trails.
As a little kid you’re subjected to your parents taste in music at least that’s how it used to be. Today you see six and seven year old kids with ear buds listening to their own music. Anyway, many of us spent a good part of our youth listening to our parents music. Some of that stays with you but you develop your own taste in music with time. Some of their songs maybe had a catchy rhythm or the lyrics stuck with you to retain it in your memory. A song for me that
had both was My elusive dreams by Tammy Wynette and David Houston (As it notes in the video the scenery was for Carefree Highway-sign is in Phoenix) . For me it represented life’s journey for a family and what I might expect when I grew up. Well, I have dreams that have been elusive such as getting the book published.
I’ve never been very big on Country music since the day I found my own music but this one was and still has special memories. Tammy Wynette was in her 1950’s to 60’s classic form as a housewife as she was in Stand by your Man in this one. She also redid the song with George Jones and many others remade the song but this is the original I remember.
From the time we could form our own thoughts we had dreams and then schemes. Some of us had more schemes than dreams, but how many dreams did any of us hold on to? How many came to fruition? Dreams are what brought about a lot of great things that we take for granted today. For example our modern day computer was really a dream until Steve Jobs and Bill Gates brought us this gift. If it wasn’t for those early science fiction dreamers we may not have hundreds of the things we use everyday and take for granted. Many call us dreamers (holding on to an elusive vision) but we know there’s always a chance our dreams will come true. Don’t stop believing and don’t stop dreaming even if it’s California Dreaming.
We recently took a trip to “Out of Africa” a wildlife park that once was in the metro Phoenix area but moved to a larger facility up in Camp Verde, Arizona. This is the kind of place where you can easily spend an entire day. They have tours on converted buses that visitors can even get up close with a giraffe. They have lions and tigers and bears-oh my and much more to maintain your attention.
On the tour when we came across some zebra they said these particular ones were on a “time out” for misbehavior. I admit I did see two of them start bucking and kicking at one another. But what we soon found out is that the zebra was the one creature that they had an abundance of- even though the zebra is pregnant for over a year. They may have two dozen of the striped creatures (which you discover which color is the stripe on the tour) and all are females except the one king zebra who has his work cut out.
The title of the park is appropriate as these are the typical animals that you’d find on the African Savannah. They have a white rhino, water buffalo, gazelle and even snakes. Anyone interested in snakes will really enjoy the giant snake show. You know that big cats are afraid of water right? Which one is the exception, do you know? The Tiger splash is one of the big attraction of the park. There’s a nice, large shaded sitting area to watch the show.
There are also VIP tours and there’s the Racing raptor zip line both which are exciting upgrades. The proceeds go to take care of the animals so it’s a worthy cause and for the frugal people out there I have exiting news- they have discounts available. No, there’s more during the month of your birthday admission is free! Take advantage before they change their mind. Enjoy the call of the wild.
Near and far, coming and going, lost and found are all sharp contrasts, howbeit this picture doesn’t do justice to the vantage point. Far below this near mountaintop view is Cottonwood. Another interesting contrast is high and low elevations where there’s snow atop this mountain and it’s nearly 80 degrees in Cottonwood. What a difference a mere 5,000 feet makes.
There are countless contrasts in the world but it seems to me there are many more in Arizona that has Phoenix at only 1,000 feet above sea level while Flagstaff exceeds 7,000 which is about the same as Mingus Mountain. Then there’s the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff that tower above that to well over 12,000 feet.
People don’t realize that Denver which is famous as the “mile high city” at over 5,130 feet to over 5,600 feet is below Flagstaff. In the summer when Phoenix is 115 degrees Flagstaff is a cool 80 to 82 degrees on average. You don’t see that extreme contrast in California or any other state on the same day. If you compare to Alaska well, when it’s cold it’s extremely cold up there.
Contrasts are what enable us to distinguish the things we see. Think about that the next time you’re bored or when you see an amazing sight like this one that make you wonder.
The views the red rocks of Sedona, to say I’d never want to see it again would be a lie. If you’re unable to return is one thing but how can you choose not to see all the awe inspiring scenery again?
For so many of us the trip can be part of a timeshare presentation. Ah yes a captive audience to hear a high pressure sales pitch. If only standard sales were that easy. Nonetheless it`s an uneasy situation enduring a timeshare vacation yet Sedona is so beautiful.
Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in particular have served as the backdrop for many western movies. It`s just the kind of setting you expect to envision cowboys in. I know I look forward to the next trip not long after returning home.