Stillest Of Waters.

Stillest Of Waters.

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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

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…

YOU. The Reason…

YOU. The Reason…

You are the reason why I believe a tomorrow has a chance to be better than a yesterday……