Life, Poetry, Writing

FREEFALLING – Who is there to catch you?

In the middle of the night, in the silence, in the darkness the voices in my head often scream the loudest causing my thoughts to freefall, piercing my heart. ❤

Do you have someone who you can trust to always catch you when you are freefalling?

My God is always there to catch me of that I do not doubt. Yet, sometimes I need someone with skin on. 😉

For me, this is my beautiful wife. My warrior queen who has stood by my side for over 25 years. Day in and day out she battles the enemies of our hearts, souls and minds. Enemies from within and from without.

I am blessed!

She reminds me what love, courage and grace were always meant to be.

Who will catch you when you are freefalling?

Life, Poetry

My Name is Nobody, What is Yours?

The old Cheers television show theme song contained the following lyric…

“Sometimes I wanna go where everybody knows my name.”

Well, sometimes if we are honest with ourselves and others we want to get away to places where nobody knows our names.

We need the escape, even a brief respite, from the chaos and responsibilities that hound us. Especially with everything that has happened in 2020 and now during this often hectic and crazy time of year.

Take time for yourself, it’s okay to not be okay. #SelfCare #Holidays #MentalHealth

Sometimes we wanna, and need to, go where nobody knows our name. #BlogPost #MentalHealth #Holidays

Do you ever feel the need to just get away, to some place where nobody knows your name?

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LiveYourDreams

Adventure, Life, Writing

Do You Really Think You Are In Control?

Lyrics from the song ‘There Was a Life’ from the TSO album Night Castle

As we face tightening restrictions due to COVID-19 all over the world, the US and the state in which I live, the lyric above got me to thinking about how much we really have no control over. We spend so much time and energy trying to control things in our lives. We schedule and plan out our tightly controlled days and when it does not go according to plan, what then?

So much is happening outside of our control:

  • There are waves crashing on beaches that no sees.
  • There are flowers blooming on high mountain tops of snow.
  • There are packs of wolves running across ridge lines in forests unseen.
  • There are trees bending from the force of the winds and weather.
  • There is birth, life and death happening all around us.

What is happening around you for which you have no control? #WickedQuestions

For the sake of our own sanity and mental health, we must learn to detach from that over which we have no control. To trust in a good outcome, to hope in a better tomorrow, and a better future for those who come behind us.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives

God, Grief, Life, Writing

Memoir Publishing Update – “Cowboys Are Not Supposed To Cry”

The journey has begun from draft manuscript to published book.

Please Note: This is most likely not the final cover only a draft I created.

The manuscript, about the author bio, back of the book blurb and foreword have all been submitted to the Editing Department. Next steps is comprehensive edit with suggested changes submitted back to me for further editing and approval. It is a little nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time.

The foreword was written by a good friend of mine who I first met through a professional relationship many years ago. The following is a short excerpt from the foreword he wrote for my book, which I absolutely love. He captured the theme, tone and purpose of my story perfectly. He knows my journey intimately and I am honored he would do this for me and very appreciative.

“This book is for people who have had real pain. People who have loved and lost, and are struggling to move on.” #Memoir #Foreword #UpcomingBook > ‘Cowboys Are Not Supposed To Cry’

I have also submitted ideas to the Cover Design Department to begin the process of creating a book cover. I look forward to the creative ideas from the cover designer. More to come on that progress in a future post.

I will leave you with this – if I can write a book so can you if you want to. It took me over 25 years to finally complete the manuscript. Many years of contemplation, learning, living and healing until I could pull it all together into a whole over the last 3 years. And now I am a mere months away from having a published book in my hands and maybe yours!

You can > Reconcile your Past, Embrace your Present, and Redeem your Future! #LiveYourDreams #JustBelieve #HopeLives #Memoir #Grief

LIVE YOUR DREAMS

Life, Writing

“Social Distancing” – The Oxymoron of 2020?

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Social distancing, seems to be all the rage now days. For the health and safety for ourselves and others. But really what is social distancing? Let’s start with the definition of oxymoron from the Merriam Webster Dictionary online.

Oxymoron  – a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness); broadly: something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxymoron).

Okay, that makes some sense, simply put words that don’t often go together to explain something else. Examples include:

  • jumbo shrimp
  • deafening silence
  • small crowd
  • sweet sorrow
  • walking dead

There are many more but I will leave that to you to search them out on your own. On to the definitions of social and distancing, again from the online Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Social

  • marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates // an active social life
  • of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society // social institutions
  • tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others

Distancing

  • the quality or state of being distant:
  • such as a: spatial remoteness // quite a distance between the two hospitals b: personal and especially emotional separation // feels a distance from her brother that wasn’t there before

“Social Distancing” – Social appears to be all about connection and distancing is all about separation. Call me a fool, but I just don’t get it.

Studies have shown that the use of technology does have negative effects including mental health issues. The article “Negative Effects of Technology: What to Know” published by Medical News Today in February 2020 cites studies that show the following are but just a few of the impacts on individuals overusing or creating a dependence on technology.

  • Isolation
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sleep Problems
  • Reduced Physical Activity
Negative effects of technology and social media.
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Now ‘they’ are telling us to social distance from others, including family and close friends. Use technology and social media we are told to try and stay connected while we remain distant. I wonder what the actual end game here is? As we trod forward trusting the ‘experts’ who tell us ‘they’ only have the well being of each individual and society (there’s that word a derivative of social) as a whole.

What’s your take on all of this?

And what do you do with it?

Animals, Life, Poetry

Remain Who You Are

“Silver Sight”

Sometimes,

it is enough

to remain

who you are

as the chaos circles

around you.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

Praying each of you and your family is well and finding peace in the midst. What are you doing to stay sane and mentally healthy during these times of chaos and uncertainty?

Life, Poetry

You Are Beautiful

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If you are reading this then I am talking to you, you are beautiful!

Never forget and never doubt.

I have two beautiful women in my life, my wife and my daughter, and when things get tough I think of them.

Not only are they beautiful, they bring beauty, joy and love into my life.

Where would I be without them?

~M

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

Adventure, God, Life

Life … is an Adventure!

Life is ...A wonderful quote taken from the book ‘Battles Men Face‘ by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD and so true!

Dr. Jantz is a Christian author, Founder of A Place of Hope which is ranked #1 for depression treatment and host of the weekly radio show Overcoming on Mondays at 1 pm PT.

Life is meant to be lived fully and if you are not engaged you are settling for less.  As we are in the season where miracles are more easily believed, purpose to live the rest of your days with no regrets! Merry Christmas! ~M