Here in Florida you may think it is beautiful beaches and sun filled skies with palm trees and it is on the coasts of Florida. However, the interior of Florida is vastly different, it is pretty much a Swamp. This is an image from Grassy Waters Perserve and is representive of Florida swamp land. This would not normally be a problem, but whole neighborhoods have been built on top of Swamp-Land and when tropical rains come the land tries to revert back to its Natural State: A Swamp. What you end up with is wide spread flooding. Nature will always try to return to its NATURAL STATE. The meaning for us is we will instinctly try to return to our Natural State. When we are ruled, we will seek autonomy, when we are restraint, we will seek freedom, when we are oppressed, we will seek liberation. What constrains maybe placed on our Nature, we will always seek THE NATURAL STATE.
Above is an image of Mount Rainier looking across Puget Sound in Seattle Washington. The Mountain is IN THE DISTANCE, but still dominates and is the central focus of the image. There are things and events in our lives which maybe IN THE DISTANCE, but they dominate our landscape. It may be an upcoming vacation, it maybe a job promotion, an upcoming move to a new city or an event in the future, but it will occupy our attention, our thinking, and our planning. Just because something is in the distance and seems far away, it can dominate and occupy our attention in the here and now.
Are not Dogs wonderful creatures! They are so filled with Unconditional Love and Acceptance, a pat on the head, a walk, or a doggie treat and they are good to go. Another thing is we love to blame the Dog for things: THE DOG DID IT and that sentiment has been capture in that age old phrase "the dog ate my homework." Is it any wonder why we love them? It is amazing what my dog has done: left plates in the sink, left the toliet seat up, and even forgot to take the garbage out :), Dogs are so easy to blame for things because they are so willing to forgive us. Only if we could be so full of Unconditional Love like them, instead of "The Dog Did It".
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day when we gather gather with Family (good or bad) and give THANKS for all the things we have in life. We tend to want more in life and sometimes life could be better, but it is important to Give Thanks for what we do have. Even the simple gift of Life, the fact we wake up in the morning is reason to give Thanks. Take the time and just think of the simple things you may have that others may not at this time: Life, Health, a Hot Meal, a Roof over your head, and gift of each other. GIVE THANKS.
Uck! Is that chewed gum stuck to a wall by a whole bunch of strange people? Yes it is, it is a closeup of the Gum Wall in Seattle Washington. It seems that there is a side to us, that is attracted to THE PROFANE. We may not necessary like it, but we react to it and we are are titillated by THE PROFANE. We see this love affair by people in shock jocks on the radio like Howard Stern and musicians like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and newcomer Miley Cyrus. They use THE PROFANE to attract our attention and shock us with outrageous behaviour. They achieve fame and notariety as we listen and watch. THE PROFANE it would seems works, but it deceives us. The downside to THE PROFANE is that the next appearance must be more Profane and outrageous than the last one or the person becomes irrelevant. THE PROFANE becomes a downward spiral staircase to nowhere because the next outrageous act must out do the last outrageous act until you reach complete decadence. You could be entertained by the Profane, but do not follow it down the spiral staircase. If you want to be Profane, just leave it at sticking your gum to the wall.