Roscoe

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Roscoe 

He sits with me. Always. I continue

to drink my coffee.

His mahogany eyes craving my attention.

Beckoning,

he requests just a minute of time. I begin another task. Yet, he lingers.

He lovingly

challenges me to a game,

as he plops his squeaky toy in my lap.

I throw it high.

He springs to action. Bolting. He lands back at my feet.

He begged for more. His gentle gaze

yearning.

My heart beats

blissfully

for this softhearted dog.

For the time being, we are

together.  The background fades.

I am present  with him.

The Antagonist

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The Antagonist
They followed him blindly in to the woods. Branches swayed in a seduction of unison.  The light between the trees was lynched, by his grandiosity and lies. Many continued without hesitation. He asked for a sacrifice of integrity, in exchange for boundless gains. The trees crowded around them until all he requested was placed on the altar.

The creature is walking freely, as the thicket suffocates his disciples.

 

Calendar: Tool or Cage

Recently, my office mate and I had a philosophical discussion, on goals and calendars. The new year inciting the stillness of hope, within our dreams. Deliberation of one’s life became the forefront of our conversation, for this short period of time. One of us, (myself) arguing that a calendar is modern-day cage dictating our every move. She retorts my cynicism, with a statement about the calendar being a gentle reminder to start over, move forward, and/or, simply, a guide to stay on track. Positivity temporarily slaughtered my cynicism. Life lessons always find a way to stir the heart of this pseudo-misanthrope.

Like most people, I have found numerous ways to achieve tasks with the help of a calendar. The point is not the calendar; this point is finding a way to not let a schedule bulldoze one’s life. Newfangled, I realized that as an adult, I have the freedom to dictate my thoughts, schedule, plans, and goals. I want to live in an authentic way that embraces my deepest sense of self. Yet, I haven’t found a way to concisely articulate my definition of my authentic self. Life’s journey is not about completing a series of tasks; however, it is about the acceptance of one’s self, on the journey.

Five ways to embrace YOU

  1. Collect your moments of beauty within a jar. Literally, write them down and put them in a jar. (Flow magazine gave me this idea) Reread these moments. Often!
  2. Seek exercises in mindfulness. Check out the Flow magazine for some inspiration, thoughts, and activities focused on mindfulness.
  3. Do what you love. Be the person you love. Spend time with those you love.
  4. Travel, dream, go on adventures, read, dance, try something new, slow down, take a nap… embrace the season you are living in.
  5. Each day is a new opportunity to be you! Do not let yesterday define today or tomorrow.

“Beauty being the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel

Disclaimer: I am receiving no financial compensation from Flow magazine. You, as the reader never have to agree with the thoughts of the writer.

Clock of Life: It’s Ticking

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Clock of Life: It’s Ticking

I continue to seek the innocence within my beating heart. I, fear my days are limited. Maturity has set in my bones.  Experiences have defined the blueprint within my face.  Time continues to steal my gleeful spirit.  Yet, the hope hidden within my heart pursues the Winsome of my youth.

 

Embracing My Inner Bison in the New Year

The American Bison are the official mammal of the United States of America (thanks to the National Bison Legacy Act). Their heritage is one entrenched in tragic beauty.  They are a prehistoric animal that have continued to roam our lands, for thousands of years. The American Bison ensnare its audience with a bold presence of strength and endurance.  These dignified beasts are the emblem of my New Year.

The American Bison have provided the Native American’s tribal lands with “fuel, clothing, food, tools, shelter, and spiritual value (US Dept of Interior, 2017).” Cows (female bison) often weigh 1,000 pounds and bulls (male bison) can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, with heights between 4-6 feet. A bison’s mood can be determined by the his or her tail. If the tail is pointing straight then stay even further back. Always maintain safe distances (a football field) from a bison. (US Dept of Interior, 2017)

The American Bison are powerful swimmers, fast runners (up to 35 mph), and have the ability to jump.  Their diets consist of leafy greens and weeds; they forge for 9-11 hours, per day. Their humps provide agility for their head to move snow when locating food.  Bison have a life span between 10-20 years. Bison “wallow” in dirt, meaning they roll around in dirt. Bison wallow to shed old fur and create a layer of protection from insects. Male bison also use wallowing to leave their scent behind, during mating season. (US Dept of Interior, 2017)

Life lessons from the American Bison

  1. Own your presence in this world. Stand firm and strong.
  2. Keep forging on. Swing that head, move those mounds of snow in front of you and forge the heck out of the day before you.
  3. Your hide may be torn and tattered; nonetheless it still is protecting you.
  4. Keep roaming over these amber waves of grain. Take help from others to maintain places of safe haven for your herd.
  5. A little dirt will not hurt you. It may protect you later in life and help you shed old skin.

With the dawn of a new year, I am choosing to live in a way that mimics that of the majestic American Bison. An emblem of my nation’s history. A noble beast that captured the heart of President Theodore Roosevelt, thus marking the first strides in conservation efforts of the American Bison. In this new year, I will forge and wallow, in ways I have never before.  Happy New Year!

Bibliography

US Department of Interior (12/2017). 15 Facts About Our National Mammal American Bison. Retrieved from https://www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

Disclaimer: This post is my personal thoughts, research, and experience. I am receiving no financial compensation for this blog post.