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"Creating Comes From Living" By Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 9, 2012
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Welcome

Hi everyone welcome back to the Fireside and to my home again. That is right you heard me home again. Back home again after a great trip and a relaxing time. Even after the 1550 miles round trip I would still call it relaxed. Well except for a few close calls coming through the mountain passes where everyone needs to drive faster than the last guy. I made it and that is what counts

Next I need to tackle the grass that never seems to stop growing. There is this thing they call fertilizer that I should never be around. After looking after golf courses for many years well I must admit I love a healthy lawn. Now I will need to pay the price.

I have something I would like to chat a little about and it is inspiration in our writing and what it means to be inspired. Well at least from my prospective. So gather around and help yourself to coffee, tea and some snacks. Quigley will take care of any crumbs you happen to drop. Even though I have a central vacuum system I can always count on my backup.

From Within

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Nature

Nature moves me. It is such a huge part of who I have become over the years. Nature saved me from a life filled with addictions, pain and suffering for myself and those who cared enough to love me. It is places like this where I found peace and solace and healing. This place I found in an isolated area and could not resist taking this picture then sitting for a long while and reflecting on what is it that drives me.

No matter where you look here there is nothing but peace and stillness. The world seems to come to a complete standstill when I find such places. Not a sound could be heard but what nature offered. Well maybe the swarm of black flies that seemed to like me let me know I was a guest in their world.

I have heard many times from other writers there are times when they just do not feel anything. Take a walk in a quiet place with pen and a note book and just sit and think. Write what ever comes to mind for ideas no matter how silly they may seem to be. When I look at this picture I could go into great detail about lily pads, grasses, frogs, fish, birds and reflective waters. I could someday but for today this speaks only of beauty, of love of nature and what she has to offer us if we take the time to listen.

Trapped

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Frightening and Trust

This little fellow I do think is a Wren managed his way through the open sliding glass door to the studio I had set up at the cabin I stayed at on holidays. After several attempts to catch him he turned his head and accepted my finger as a perch and we slowly walked to the balcony.

The funny part of it was even when he was outside and free to go he sat for the longest time looking at me. His small cry came once and off he went. What took this little guy from moments of despair attempting to fly through the window to sitting on my finger. Was it trust, was it understanding I would not harm him.

Often in life we feel trapped and emotional fear instinctively kicks in. Hopefully we have someone in our lives we can turn too and ask for help. When we look out over the world and all those who suffer we can turn our backs or we can stay, listen and hopefully help guide them back with love, understanding and trust once it has been established. This little guy blessed me for the next four mornings with his little songs.

New Life

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From Death Comes New Life

When I took this picture I was reminded of a dear friend and fellow hub member who recently passed away. He passed away very suddenly and well before his time. I know some of you knew David Price. David was a man of great faith and compassion for people. David and I first met here on Hub Pages and before long we became the greatest of friends. We would spend hours on the phone. I will be writing a hub about David and his life of serving in the coming days.

What struck me about the news the morning his wife called to tell me of David was just how fragile life is for us all. Death can come so unexpectedly and I know many here have experienced great loss and I would like to express my sadness over your loss and yet there is hope.

You see for me I see David in this picture. Yes he may be gone but he lives on through those who knew David. His spirit is alive and well in his wife Veronica and his children and all who knew him.

I have spoken with her several times since his passing and she is such a blessing to listen too as she shared what David had given her over the years. The seeds he planted in all who knew him will flourish just as this tree stump will nourish new growth and will live on in other ways. What can we do, what can we write about that will plants seeds into others lives. The seed of life is love and compassion. It was David's way and the reason I loved this man.

Tides Out

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We Gather

I have no idea what you call a gathering of stranded starfish. In a recent email to a friend I call them a gaggle which brought a laugh. I suppose they could be a cluster, a herd or simply a gathering. I did learn they do this to protect each other from drying out until the next tide comes in. Take a closer look on the right and see one that is lighter than all the rest. In other words he or she is different and yet it is not turned away.

Can a lesson be learned here about life. Maybe we need to occasionally step away from our creature comforts and live with others who are not so fortunate. Maybe we need to listen to their stories. Maybe we need to share with them where we have been and what we have done. Far to often we see those in need and yet do we really get to know them. I lived in a major city here in Alberta and had a business location that was located close to one of the largest drop in centres. Not a day went by where I was not approached for money. Often instead I would offer to by them a meal and some of the stories I heard were so sad.

I see us here in this community as being a family in many ways. Dare I say much like the starfish. Sorry ladies you are the cute ones, guys we need some help in that department. What I see and read often is people are stuck for something to write about. Take a look around and there is plenty.

Some know that I have written several books. The key for me is to first create a character. Complete him or her to the fullest I can then drop then into a scene along with a story of life. It may be one that I have lived or maybe it is one I create. In any case what starts out as a novel evolves into a two and three novel series. It works for me once I have an image of the character.

Take the time today to find a quiet place. Somewhere away from all the distractions and just be with yourself and your thoughts. Your inspiration lives within. All you need to do is open the door to the possibilities. Above all my friends know that you are loved and cared about from Canada.


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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      You seem to be at peace with yourself and the world of which you appreciate to no end.

      There is a story you may be familiar with. "The owner of a famous cookie company was sitting at a bar on the beach of a South Seas island. As the sunset appeared, he was one of the locals go down to the beach and begin picking up something and tossing into the ebbing tide. This was repeated over and over. Finally, curiosity overcame the man and he went down to ask what the local was doing. "The starfish are being stranded on the beach. Without the water, they will drown in air. I'm just throwing them back into the water so they may live." "But, there's hundreds on the beach. You can's save them all and make a difference. Why bother?" The man reached down, looked at the starfish in his hand, smiled, and tossed it in the ocean. He then looked back and said, "To that one, I made a difference." There is no way a solitary person can change society as a whole. It must be done one by one, to make the difference.

      Strong Hub! Thanks for allowing me entrance!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning rcrumple... First welcome to the Fireside and I can see where I need to do some catch up reading . Good to have you and may you find some peace and rest while you are here.

      Thank you for the reminder of the starfish. You are so right and such is one we all need to remember. In our time here we have seen many great men and women rise above and make a difference in lives. We can make a difference if we take the time.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, there are many reasons why I am drawn to your writing, but I guess the main one is because you are real...there is no pretense in your writing....no b.s......just good old fashioned wisdom and kindness.

      Your words are timeless my friend, and it is a joy to sit with you and listen.

      peace and love,

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What beautiful pictures to see first thing of the day. I knew Dave as fellow followers but only recently heard of his death. In fact I mentioned him in a poem once or did one for him. He was the trucker, was he not? Things go so quickly here and yes, life in general. If we all could realize this is nothing compared to eternity, death would mean nothing.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Hello Rolly and welcome home!

      This is a beautiful hub and I agree the connections to nature can bring us much.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Bill... why thank you my friend and I have found very much the same with your writing and videos that you have posted. Very real and just good old sown home country, roll out the welcome mat kind of people. You are a gent Bill... ever up Canada way in Alberta or passing close by the door is open for you and your lovely wife... be great to sit and share a coffee...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Jackie... Thanks for the comment and pleased you enjoyed the pictures and message.

      Yes David was a trucker, long distance for a long while last year until he landed something close to home and was able to be close to his family again. I have asked that his wife leave his hub site up and running as he had so many great things to share.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mark... Thanks for stopping. Nature speaks the truth is what I find. There is nothing glossed over. You get what you see and pay close enough attention it will tell you much about yourself and what life is suppose to be like. It is a wonderful healer...

      Hugs to you Mark...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad to hear you're home. Sorry to hear of the death of a friend.Your pictures are awesome. Nature does give peace and it heals. Often when I have bad feelings or I'm depressed I do just that go for a walk or sit out in my garden and then I feel much better. At times I talk to the Lord and then things just seem so right again. God bless and hugs from Riga.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... you have found something in nature as well and that is awesome. Spending time speaking with Him can solve so many of life's problems. Glad you liked the photos...

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly, So glad you had a good time on your vacation. I am shocked to hear about David Price. He started following me when i first joined Hubpages, it's a reminder that our time on earth is short and to make everyday count. Thank you again..Cheers

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always .... you are so right about or time here. Even though David left us early he lived life to the fullest following his faith and love of family and any who touched his life.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Good morning Rolly, Your nature pictures are always inspiring and I enjoyed you hub. I know how you love nature. I am sorry to hear about David. I didn't know him well but I read his hubs regularly. This again speaks to me about living each day to the fullest and thank God for all his blessings. God bless.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Pam... thanks for stopping and so glad you did read Davids work... off to a dinner theater this evening to do just that... enjoy so life with friends...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Rolly, it has been nice to have been able to rest here with you a while. Your words about inspiration and life taking time gave me a feeling of peace and calm. I like the title, "creating comes from doing." I am glad that your trip gave you lots of inspiration. Keep them coming -- these pieces are much appreciated! Take care.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi prairieprincess... thanks for the words of kindness and glad you stopped by and found a little rest. There are those times in life when we just need to sit and be still to find the direction of the next place we feel called. Maybe after reflecting awhile we find where we are is not so bad and we just need to stop and appreciate what is before us.

      Hugs from Alberta

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