Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 48 – Reblog From Sadje

Our first post for Week 48 post comes to us from Sadje.

As I’ve mentioned before, Sadje always send us top notch poetry or short works of prose for our “Tuesday Prompts.”

This week Sadje provides us with a poignant poem on dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed in life and what one should do when life gets that to that point.

We’ve all been there or are there right now.

You can check out her entry here.

Thanks Sadje for taking part again this week. relate to.

Our next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 18.

Thanks.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 42 – Reblog From Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes)

Our third entry for Week 42 comes from Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes).

Jen’s entry for Week 42, is a wonderful yet powerful short form pieceThe Yacht.

Much like her poem from a couple of weeks ago, this entry reminds us of how fragile life truly can be. What we cherish can be gone in an instant.

And that we can often end up in a situation that could considered our “last resort.”

Thanks again so much to Jen for gracing us for Week 42. Be sure to check her blog and her work out.

The next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6.

Love to have you participate.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Why?

Not that there has been a lot going on in my life at the “old homestead”, but there seems to be a lot going on at the “old homestead.”

Not with us so much, but with me.

I have been in a rather darkish place for the past number of weeks, or maybe even longer than that.

I’m stuck swirling around a seemingly never-ending vortex of the question, “why?”

Why my life or what is my purpose in this life?

I don’t think any of you can answer that for me. But, if you want to, please give it a go.

I get that many of us have been battered and bruised over the past year or so with the mental wounds caused by the pandemic. I include myself in that group.

Maybe it is just as simple as that. Burnt out from a year of this. But again, who knows.

So, this is where I start my day again.

And to be honest, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to answer that question. It’s been one I’ve been trying to answer my whole life.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 40 – Reblog From Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes)

Our next poem for Week 40 comes from a newer participant(I think this is her second post with us), Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes).

Jen’s entry for Week 40, is a wonderfully penned poem titled Old Rusty.

It reminds us of how fragile life truly can be. What we cherish can be gone in an instant. Jen also includes a poem written by “Mary Oliver” who she find great inspiration in.

Thanks again so much to Jen for gracing us for Week 40. Be sure to check her blog and her work out.

The next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23.

Love to have you participate.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 40 – Reblog FromCai(Art Mater)

It is very early on Thursday morning. Very early. Sort of overcast at the moment, but they are calling formsunny periods this afternoon and temperatures around 4 degrees C. So, looks like not a bad day in store.

Moving to the point in hand, our first post for Week 40, comes from Cai(Art Mater).

A short two-sentence entry controlling nature and controlling ourselves.

Be sure to check out Signals.

Thanks Cai(Art Mater) for taking part in this week’s prompt. Hope to see you back again.

Our next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 23.

Thanks.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 39 – Reblog From Sara(relaxitsallwrite)

Next out of the gate for Week 39 comes from Sara(relaxitsallwrite) who join us once more. And by the way, she still spells her name the same way our daughter…..bonus!(that sentence was much more humorous in my head).

Sara’s entry for Week 39 is short poem called And Still, I Stand. Sara’s poem illustrates on the surface, a common and truth enough reality of many seaside villages and hamlets.

However, the poem also takes us to a spot where she may be very well writing about life/living and surviving the storms that anyone of us faces in our lives. Got to let the words take you there though….and she did.

Best if you head on over and give Sara’s entry a read.

Thanks again so much to Sara for gracing us for Week 39. Be sure to check her blog and her work out. Sure fire good stuff.

The next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” and our first for February is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16.

Love to have you participate.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 37 – Reblog From Sara(relaxitsallwrite)

Second out of the gate for Week 37 comes from a now twice participant and we’re glad to have Sara(relaxitsallwrite) join us once more. And by the way, she still spells her name the same way our daughter…..bonus!(that sentence was much more humorous in my head).

Sara’s entry for Week 37 is short prose piece called Never Good Enough. Sara takes us to a place, where in reality many have gone in past – living up to expectations in both “the here” and in the “not here.”

Best if you head on over and give Sara’s entry a read.

Thanks again so much to Sara for gracing us for Week 37. Be sure to check her blog and her work out. Sure fire good stuff.

The next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” and our first for February is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2.

Love to have you participate.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Advice From A Waterfall

One of these days, I’ll find the inspiration to create a new post as compared to rehashing an “oldie but goodie” from the past.

To say it has been a strange; weird; difficult; and sad year doesn’t even come close to describing the last 365 days(+/- a few).

Some days when at the computer writing, the words flow as easy and smoothly as a brook tumbles peacefully over pebbles in a forest hollow. Other times, pulling teeth from your own head would be easier and less painful.

The key I think is to “keep keeping on.” In other words, just simply keep plugging away. So, maybe tomorrow(Friday) might be the day for something new.

As I’ve written before and as you’ll read in a second, I’m not a huge fan of these “Advice From A…..” quotes and graphics. The next question that pops into my mind is, “why have you done three or four pieces utilizing them?” That is a good question. I don’t know to be honest. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of them or that someone has already taken the time and effort to create the sub-headings. I thinking it may very well be the second point. Why recreate the wheel?

Nevertheless, there are some good points in “Advice From A Waterfall” to let smoulder away in the coals of your mind. It just occurred to me, that these “Advice From..” things all deal with aspects of nature. I wonder why nature?

From last year..

— as always with love —

Not long ago, I went on at some length about these “Advice From A ……” quotes and imagines.

Although many of them I have found or seen online aren’t necessarily tools I might run too, the essence of the messages contained in them, I think is useful as a helpful or wise reminder for a variety of instances and situations.

One key lesson we all need to learn and heed is that often we need to step back from living every once in a while and look at a much bigger picture of life. Life is more than the chaos and swirling dust-devils that often fill our 24/7 and 365 days a year existence.

Although more can be said on “the bigger picture of life look at things“, there is some excellent advice on living life through the lens of viewing a waterfall.

Advice from a Waterfall

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Let your cares fall away

How often do we keep lugging the same issues and concerns around with us? Well, in fact, it’s most of the time.

The sad thing is, that many of our cares, issues and concerns are so minor in nature that in the big scheme of life, they don’t amount to more than a hill of beans.

Stop making insignificant stuff – significant. Such as waste of emotional and mental energy.

Unfortunately, we do tend to “major on the minor.”

Let your cares fall away.

Roar with excitement

Life is the world’s largest buffet table. Everything is available, just simply toddle on up to the bar and pick whatever floats your boat. Having the opportunity to eat at the world’s largest buffet, should fill all of us with excitement. All we need to do is simply fill our plates and eat.

In other words, life is meant to be enjoyed and most importantly, it is meant to be experienced.

Try something new today; expand your comfort zone a bit. All that life has to offer; all of the different experiences that are out there should cause you to roar with excitement.

No roar; no growth.

Roar with excitement.

Go with the flow

Stop planning everything life within an inch of its own “life.” Sometimes you just got to “go with the flow.”

Of course, some things in life do need significant planning and attention to detail. Everyone gets that. But there are times when you can’t and shouldn’t “plan and create a binder full of lists and plans.” In other words and to quote the 1990’s “chill out dude.”

One way to look at it is, “going with the flow” and “trusting your intuition” go well together in the same sentence. Sometimes, you just have to let life happen and come as it may.

Go with the flow.

Make a splash!

We all want our life to have had meaning and an impact at the end of it all. A meaningful life is a basic human condition or need that we all have.

If you’ve ever been around water, you know that when something hits the water, it makes a splash. Some splashes are big; others are not so big. Regardless, a splash is a splash – no matter what.

In the middle of a battle, it is hard to know if you’re winning the war.

Life is like that in many respects. Often it is hard to tell if you’re making a splash that counts for something. At times, only you can tell if you’re making a splash or how big your splash might be.

Make a splash in your family; help out/volunteer and make a splash in your community.

Don’t let your life simply be a ripple on the water. Make it count – and make it count large.

Make a splash.

Stay active

Waterfalls are active and vibrant as they roar and tumble over a rocky ledge someplace in the great outdoors. They have this movement and life to them that captivates most of us to stand and observe them with awe.

A waterfall that didn’t flow or wasn’t active would be pretty boring. Really, it wouldn’t be much of a waterfall if that was the case.

There is more than enough research out there on the benefits of staying active. We tend to think physically, but there are just as many emotional and mental benefits of staying active as well. Whether we like it or not, we’re physical, emotional and mental creatures. A such, we need to stay active and exercise each one of those parts to the best of our ability.

Stay active.

Create your own music

Waterfalls create a certain sound as the water crashes and hits the bottom. A waterfall does not sound like a bird chirping. Nor does it sound like a duck. A waterfall creates its own music in order to sound like a waterfall should.

Simply said, “march to your own drummer.”

Don’t be someone else. Marching to someone else’s music, simply makes you a copycat with the potential of you not even being able to keep time and march correctly.

You need to be who you were meant to be. So, go out and figure that out. Create your own music and march to your own drummer. Be you!

Create your own music.

Immerse yourself in nature

For the most part, waterfalls are found naturally where? In nature.

There has been much research done and written in regard to why it is so important to spend time in nature. I read recently, that even time spent in an urban park for a few hours sitting on a bench has tremendous overall benefits.

Much of the research shows and concludes, that spending two hours a week soaking up nature — be it woodland, park or beach — gives a positive boost to health and wellbeing, both mentally and physically.

As a society, we have never before spent so much of our time indoors. And never has there such a time or such a desperate need as the present to reverse that trend.

Immerse yourself in nature.

There you have it. Some real-life advice from a waterfall that you can take to the bank.

Go out today or this weekend and find yourself a waterfall. Once you get there, simply sit, listen, absorb and just be.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Why Your Story Is Important

The message contained with the post is an exceedingly important one. It was a year ago when I first wrote and published it and it is still important today. There are those who do view mental health and mental wellness is the light of negativity or in the light of “not so important.”

There are many I think, see mental health or mental wellness issues as a taboo subject at the best of times. No problem discussing cancer issues; or a brief chat about MS; we’ll even bring up “COVID-19…but mental health – no way.

A couple of weeks ago, in Canada there was “Bell Let’s Talk” day which focuses for at least a day on mental health awareness. A pretty big social media event splashed across FB, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Today, not so much social media presence when it comes to health issues.

But, I get it. Or at least I think I get it.

The stench that often gets wrongly applied to discussions around mental health is a tough one to get rid of. Sort of like a skunk that has sprayed your dog an a wet and miserable spring morning. You can get rid of a good chunk of the smell, but it still lingers.

But, it ultimately is your story.

And you can choose to tell it or not. You can tell all of it or none of it; or end up somewhere in between and tell only the parts you want others to hear.

There are going to be risks associated with whatever decision you make. How risk averse you are will decide the narrative or lack thereof in your story.

No one is saying that you need to become the “poster spokesperson” for mental health advocacy in your area. You can if you want too – if that is the way you want your story to go.

Often simply reassuring a friend or loved one with “I know where you’re at – because this is where I am or I was” is the perfect story to tell and to hear.

From about a year ago…..

— as always; with love —

The stark and naked truth is that we all have a story to tell.

Each of us as we traverse through life, create our own story, word by word; sentence by sentence and chapter by chapter. We often roll out with great fanfare the stories and snippets of our successes and positive challenges(if there is such an animal as “positive challenges”) that we’ve overcome with transcendent diligence and fortitude.

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What we tend to not expound upon with much fervour are those words, sentences and chapters that chronicle our journey dealing with emotional and mental wellness.

Another stark and naked truth is, the stories that deal with our own emotional and mental wellness pilgrimages can be one of the most, if not the most difficult thing that we could possibly be faced with.

So, in order to avoid at all costs the “stark and nakedness thing,” we simply don’t do it.

We shut up and say nothing.

Talking about personal, emotional and mental wellness issues has this “airing of our dirty laundry” smell or feel to it. For many, it is not a feeling “we add to or desire to add to.” As such and due in most part to the negativity that can surround emotional and mental wellness discussions of any magnitude, we arrive at the question of how many of us want to “air our so-called dirty laundry” for all to see?

Unfortunately, not that many.

Many of us will remember the show “The X-Files” from the mid-1990s. The tag line for the series was “the truth is out there.”

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Much like in “The X-Files” that “the truth is out there”, in our own emotional and mental wellness struggles and triumphs “the truth is also out there.” Our emotional and mental wellness paths contain much truth; our truth. Within the pain we go through there is the real truth. And there is truth because the pain and struggle are real.

In as much as there is an absolute truth(s) contained within the struggle and pain of emotional and mental wellness trials, there is also growth in that pain as well.

The key point is, the truth that is found within both the pain and growth, has to be brought out into the open; into the light.

The truth that is kept locked and hidden away in a darkened room has no value to it. The truth; our truth wrapped up and included our own emotional and mental wellness stories need to be brought into the light of day to have an impact on both us and on others as well.

Telling your story; your emotional and mental wellness story often becomes the path to truly owning your story. And by telling others, your own story can often be the words, sentences and chapters that go on to help others craft and tell their own story

We know that words and stories open doors of knowledge and understanding for all of us to learn from. Our emotional and mental wellness story(s) can often be those words that inspire and create awareness for others who may be trying to chronicle their own mental wellness journey. Seeing and hearing from others often is the catalyst for them to take yet another step(s) along their own path to a healthier emotional and mental wellness place in their life.

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As well, when telling our stories we start learning to “find our voice” and through that, we discover how to express ourselves in a way or ways that others can understand and embrace. And more often, understand and embrace in a HUGE WAY that we never would have anticipated or expected.

Our emotional and mental wellness travels often can feel like a huge jumbled mess of misplaced puzzle pieces that we’ve have never been able to fit together into a cohesive picture. Dissecting and looking at past events in our lives and organizing them into a narrative can help us to appreciate and understand those things to have led us to become the person we are today. We need at times to take a look at where we came from in order to understand where we’ve arrived at.

A third point and very important element in telling our emotional and mental wellness story is, that your story will often reveal what your heartfelt priorities in life are. When we’re in the middle of whatever the emotional or mental wellness struggle might be, it can be hard to discern what is truly important to us.

Crafting and telling our own story can often reveal those components or elements in our life we truly place value on.

We love success stories. Big or small victories, we all love to hear them. Now becomes the opportunity for us to join in and tell our own success story. When we truthfully tell our story; the emotional and mental wellness challenges we faced and overcame or happen to be still working on in our own life, we hopefully present or give to others an enormous amount of hope and peace of mind that they can do the same thing.

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There is tremendous pain contained within emotional and mental wellness challenges that many of us have faced in the past; or are facing now; or will face in the future. Alongside that though, is growth. The growth that comes from having to deal with each one of those challenges.

Contained within the pain and growth is truth. That “the truth is out there” and found within the words; sentences and chapters of our stories.

We all have a story to tell, and every story is important.

Very important.

— as always with love —

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

Short and Sweet – Wide Awake

Why? – is the only question I can think of this Thursday morning.

Getting up to head off to work for me, generally means out of the sack by 3am.

Yes, you read that correctly – 3 am. As in 3 am in the middle of the freaking night.

So, on a day off, sleeping in may look like staying the sack ’till 4 am. Gee, a whole extra hour of “shut-eye.”

All of this is weird. I get it.

Lynn has be known to say when I’ve worked somewhat earlier duty shifts, “Gee, I’m hardly out of bed in the morning and then he’s home from work.” Not quite like that, but I have had shifts were I’ve been done at 10:30 am and home by 11:15.

But, over the past months, sleep is been a bit of a challenge even at the best of times.

Go to bed; wake up after a few hours and a toss and turn rest of the night.

Last night – exhausted when I “hit the hay.”

Wake up at around 2:30 am and the “ye ole brain” starts to spin and fire on all cylinders.

So, I get up at 3 am. I know that any further “sleepy-time” ain’t happen.

Why am I writing this?

I’m not sure in all honesty.

I think that much of it is due in part to my writing and art as my means or one means of getting my emotions and thoughts out either as text or sketches/paintings. An approach taken by many of you out there as well.

Given the times we’re in, it appears I(and others as well) have a wheelbarrow full of emotions and thoughts that need to get out there. In my life right now – kind of going through a process of re-evaluation I guess.

For those asking, I’m my most creative in the morning and again later in the afternoon.

All of this is cheaper than a therapist. Nothing against therapists. I just thought, “all of this is cheaper than a therapist” was a good sentence to include. Way funnier in my mind though.

Time for another coffee it appears.

And you what – am okay with all of this.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —