Some Kind Of Believable.

Crossroads (Smyrna,GA)

7:30AM

My days always start the same. A belief, that with each new day there is somehow a way to make all the wrong right, to choose to latch onto hope rather than embrace my own fears. Always asking myself the same question.

Is this all there really is?

I believe in things in this life.
I believe you should sometimes act first and never second guess yourself after.
I believe you should give your whole heart to someone.
I believe that a creative mind is a limitless mind.
I believe in sacrificing everything for all those I love.
I believe that balance is the single hardest thing to maintain in life.
I believe that failure at anything brings me one step closer to success.
I believe that even in my weaknesses, I find strengths.

I just simply want to believe in the idea of belief itself. As long as I believe in something or someone, especially myself and who and what I love, I have everything I need to get through this life and the next.

Love,

LO

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New Year. New Year to REINVENT yourself.

Hope everyone had a tremendous and safe holidays. Every year presents another opportunity to grow.  Just wanted to say hello and I will be posting my newest blog later today. Stay tuned and see you soon. 🙂

LO

 

 

Time Stood Still.

Time Stood Still.

Find The Small.

My heart thinks. Allowing my fingers to speak.

First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for the emails of support and encouragement. What started out as an outlet, has turned out to be so much more. I am not just satisfied that these words of encouragement on this page have been a point of relation, but I am fulfilled that they are able to touch, to move, and to cause a stirring of the soul. You guys are amazing for taking the time to read and to digest all of it.
This will be my last post until after the New Year. I want to take some time to reflect, and to spend time with my family who push me to be the best version of myself that is humanly possible. I do plan to take in as much as I can until the New Year so that 2014 can be the most self revealing year yet.
I want to leave you with a thought….

It always starts out with a nudge. A whisper. That delicate balance between what is the lie we tend to be convinced of, or the truth we have been in search of. It is always found in the small.

The smallest detail.
The smallest bit of digestible advice.
The smallest act of kindness.
The memorable lyric.
The smallest beauty nature has to offer.

We sometimes over look the small that will teach us the life lessons that leads us to the big. The big being not just the light at the end of some tunnel, but the tunnel itself that we must go through in order to become who we will be for the rest of our lives.

Find the small.

Love, LO

Watchtower.

Watchtower.

Live Free.

(Photo: A long stretch of South Georgia Highway)

I have gotten into my share of scrapes and bruises in life. All too often I feel like I ended up on the opposite end of a win loss column.

These outcomes were mostly determined by the choices I made. All, while taking my deepest breaths and longest moments of pause. Some of these alternatives were selected so that I did not have to feel the pain that sometimes life offers up.

As I look back, feeling the pain of life came a distant second to the horror of feeling the fear of life itself, and all that it has the ability to point in my direction. In my mind, avoidance was not only my best offense, it was inappropriately my best defense. It could always be preemptive in nature. It was much easier to defend, deflect and dodge, than to ever have to deal with the “in your face” truths.

We often make the mistake of placing more importance on fearing pain than we do on feeling it.
Pain is not the enemy, fear is. The crippler of dreams. Pain, as many of us are aware, lets us all know we are still alive. It is an overlooked character of life that is not going away anytime soon. It really is its own entity, impolitely making its presence known by tapping us on the shoulder to remind us of not just the wound itself, but the reason we are here to begin with.
Close your eyes. Slow your world down. Feel it, just do not fear it.

Love, LO

Depth Of Forever.

Depth Of Forever.

Illuminate.

(photo: My hand. My cross. My living room.)

Our path. Hopefully, it is the shortest distance between two points. Well, at least that is what we all strive for. Most of us look for the shortcut, a way to unearth that predetermined path of least resistance. What if….and I say “if”, the path of least resistance is the worst path of them all?
There are things that could have been, and things that should have been. These outcomes are weighted by our own decisions.

The things that could be, are within our grasp, paths that are just still in need of a little illumination by the ones that walked it before us.

The things that should have been, become a blurred memory of either regret or self education.

Either way we look at it, we go through what we go through so that we may not just light our own path, but the paths of others. Illumination was created for the sole purpose of igniting one’s lost passions, and reigniting our own passions.

The difference can be made one way or the other. Whether it is through art, love, counsel, or written words, choose to illuminate your own path, so that we all can find our own way.

LO…

My North Star You Are.

My North Star You Are.

Time.

Solitude. (Shot at Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA)

Solitude. (Shot at Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA)

Time has a very funny way of showing us it cares. More often than not, we run out of it, always leaving us with our backs to the wall. It surely only respects us as long as we show it respect. If we manage it properly, if we keep ourselves in check long enough to sort through our own thoughts and feelings.
There are quite a few moments I look back on and reflect. I look at time lost and time well spent. I look back on how I could have treated my time a lot better. However we feel about our time on this earth, it is so important to not lose track of it. Lose track of time, and we run the risk of losing ourselves. Whatever you do, don’t blink, life passes us up. Choose to live.

Till next time, LO