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Updated on September 27, 2016

Odd But True

What do we do ?

When another day begins

Try to play catch up before sunset

There are no rules

So many things to occupy our time

As I move closer to my food

The phone rings

My wife already half way through her day

She is walking to the cafeteria me eating at home

Hold on for a sec.

My wife stops me in my tracks

Training all week my head feels ready to explode

Only the second day and two weeks total

You can do it

They are requiring more experience for each employee

Your paid to listen and learn

In life that's the way it goes

The more we study the more we get paid

No guarantees

As my things to do list grows

My ambition diminishes

Let me start with a few small things around the house

Getting the laundry downstairs started and filling up the kitchen sink with water

So I can wash a few dishes left in the sink

Feed our lovely cat Charlotte

Now I am going to clean out her litter box

I do that two times a day

I open the slider so Charlotte can feel like she is outside

She lays down comfortably

I have to shave and get dressed for work

These little things we all do

They are a little bit different for everybody

This is more or less my routine

Thoughts of exercise quickly demise

I take a few of my work clothes out of the dryer

Nice and warm

I wrap them around me

They feel great

What neck ?

What ache ?

My stiff neck and shoulder doesn't even exsist anymore

Soon I have to stop writing and do more doing

Another minute of joy returns

The suns out

If we were only kids again

Carefree and going out to play

Looking back at my wonderful memories

Life is always changing

If we see it or if we don't

It is one thing to live it

It's a whole different thing

To put it into words

Hopefully it will whistle a familiar tune like the birds

Ring a familiar ring like a bell

Finding joy in life's tiniest moments

Makes life powerful and rewarding

Remember getting an Ice cream from the ice cream man

When he rings his bell and the loud music plays

Good feelings in life can be relived many times

If we make a little extra effort and use some creativity

Have a good day

Better yet have the best day of the week

Where the fun never stops

Wishing one more time I was a cat

I would find the sunniest spot

Then this is where my body will lay

For half the day


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna You made me put my thinking cap on for all the comments that you left me. I found it easier to super glue it to my head. We will see how long that lasts. Thank you with love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, life is ever-surprising. That is what makes it life, and not static or dead. The challenge is that surprise and change are often different from what we expect or want. But life itself is always teaching. Sometimes our own resistance to getting its messages causes them to be repeated. That's happened to me!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna Life has so many experiences that I have to stop and think and ask myself often what just happened. There are so many times the day goes by without me even understanding or appreciating all the things that come my way. My body is like a machine constantly working but am I really thinking? I have many things I want to change in my life. Life's beautiful flaws create an interesting and surprising world. Thanks for sharing.Have a beautiful day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      To me, you are a real hero of LIFE. Whatever one ‘has’ is secondary to who one IS and what one’s values are. Than you for sharing your life’s odyssey and how you learned the vital lessons from having ‘done that, been there’ to know what is really valuable.

      It’s sad to see others investing their lives in what look to us as futile, self-defeating things like smoking for example - and, of course, many other things. One has to feel pity for them, but it’s important to one’s own peace of mind to not be judgmental. And, of course, t doesn’t take much experience to learn that one cannot really change someone else’s choices and course of life any way other than to be a ‘lit candle’ to possibly influence others. We have to remember how we possible were when we were following a futile path and feel more thankful for seeing out way through and out of it than not.

      If people are pushed or forced to change when there is not a deep personal embracing of a better way, they just go through the motions, mouth the words but miss the real rebirth that comes from personally realizing it and and fully embracing it.

      For oneself, understanding where someone surely is on his/her own journey is more gratifying and possibly influencing than being too caught up in second-guessing the person. We really can never fully understand ALL the factors driving someone else. I’m a big advocate of looking into the consequences, too, so I know how distressing it is to see someone going down a doomed path! I have gotten into one of my worst binds trying to warn and ward off someone’s downward curve and it was so ineffective that it literally went very bad — as much for me as for the other person. And it happened when I thought I’d leaned better! haha - So it’s a trait that is like a personal vice that can crop up any time. There s a reason the Bible teaches not to judge lest one be judged. Even if one thinks one has the answers, trying to force them on others can easily be one’s own vice. And it may be the most difficult to conquer in oneself. At least, I learned that for myself. So I try to tell myself when I become perfect and only then, can I dare to tell anyone else what to do.

      Your example is very bright and clear. Whether other couples love each other and have children who are good people, how they sleep — those are their own challenges to meet within their own set of circumstances. We can remind ourselves — from past experience,usually - that it takes 2 to make a good marriage and good parents. But it’s a totally personal challenge to BE a good person, even in a very bad situation. So let that candle burn brightly, as it does and try to not invest too much worrying about whether or not others have the sight — at that time in their own journeys — to see and to understand what it means and how it’s lit.

      Hugs. Keep on shining -and my congratulates to your wife!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna For twelve years I worked two and even three jobs. I thought the way to succeed was to work hard and save. During that time I was focused and very dedicated to everything I was doing. I had to be or a I could easily get hurt because of limited sleep. I missed out in many people who are no longer with us. I made sacrifices and had no free time. When I was off from one job I worked the other jobs. Always trying to maximize my time and be more efficient. I worked through my vacations and pushed them to the end of the year. They were an inconvenience and through off my routine. I had many visions what would be the desired result. It didn't work out as planned. I sacrificed my time for future pleasures. My current relationship of thirteen years fell apart like an old wooden stool that was worn and way past it's prime. When I met my wife to be she gave me an ultimatum continue to do all your work or spend time creating our life together.So I tried one way and decided their has to be a better way. I cut down to one job and a life. Enjoying days off and learning how to take vacations. Turned my energy to writing another passion I had pushed to the back burner. Life goes on and we are resilient. Now fifteen years later I enjoy my free time thinking and loving my wife every chance I get. It was Gods choice that we couldn't have children and we spend our free time visiting friends and family. It was never my plan not to have children or to work past age of forty. Here I am at age 52 healthy and so blessed. My biggest struggle in life is loving life too much and not understanding people don't feel the way I do. They will drink, smoke and do what ever they want and feel there are no consequences..They have children, jobs that pay more money and on the outside have everything they want. What we don't see is how they sleep at night. Do they really love each other and will their children turn out alright. How long they will live and what the future will hold. I do know when I close my eyes tonight I am thrilled with my life. There will always be things I want to change but we have our health. That's the most I could ever ask for. Thank you for reading and caring.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      I don't like to skim what I read, either, and read slowly. I often refer back to an earlier page or passage to refresh the background of what I'm reading right then.

      Even the few pages I read of that author's book which Amazon provided were read with a degree of focus, maybe less, knowing it was only a small sample of his book.

      Yes, it takes longer to read and 'dive deep', as you so aptly describe it. One might be able to claim reading more quantity of things, but the quality of the understanding gained and the enjoyment would not be the same result!

      One's responses are dependent on how deeply one has dived, too. It's not hard to see the difference when someone barely reads a work and when a response is based on trying to more fully 'get' what it says. That's the value of comments, to share various views of the same written ideas. People go to school for years to try to learn how to 'read' others, yet when we read each other's work here in HP, we are doing just that!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nelieanna Thank you for giving his work a quick read. I am going to try to write him.Hubpages fills most of my day. It takes me hours sometimes working on a story. I have hundreds of stories left unfinished for one reason or another. Sometimes I lost the feeling or the mood I was in and felt it wasn't complete. Missing something??? I hope one rainy day I can go back and jump into a few poems and feel right at home. Hit publish and feel the deep satisfaction of completion. It's an art form to take half a story and make it pop. I am also hoping I am learning better techniques and a deeper grasp of writing with enthusiasm and power. I have to appologize for how long it took me to get back to you with an appropriate comment. I always dive deep whatever I do. Some day I should learn how to skim board it would be a lot quickier . I don't feel I would get the same result. Thanks so much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      I went to, where one can look inside his book and read a few pages. Very interesting and he seems to be a fascinating person.

      So happy that you got to meet and chat with the author! Perhaps you should write to him. I'll bet he'd reply. He'd be a really good pen pal.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna I had a short conversation with him after his talk. He was packing up with a friend. One story led to another and the place he was at was also closing for the night. His friend said what I will remember most about tonight is Five o'clock comes early. Meaning tomorrow he has an early day and he is tired. The author said feel free to write me. I almost forgot to tell you the cover of his book explains how he has and continues to do so many different jobs and is different than other people who find a single profession. His title 0f his book is so much more than words it is the mirror and A wonderful reflection of him. He played a musical instrument beautifully to complement his words. He told me the reason to publish his book was because he always wanted to and now in his seventy's felt he wasn't getting any younger. You could see it was the love of writing that was the fire under his feet. I usually am working and miss out on many of these events that take place. This time it was meant to be. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      That does sound like the perfect end to a lovely day! How great to hear the author of that book speak and share parts of his book. Perhaps his objective was not to be on the best-sellers list as much as to be able to share his life experiences with those who really care to read them! Perhaps that makes someone who dreams vs does, but to me, it's more a gauge of someone's sincerity and authenticity. I doubt that many writers are so unrealistic as to go into it and publishing in order to make a fortune! If it catches on and makes their work 'known and loved', then they may become successful writers whose books 'sell like hotcakes' but none have that guarantee at the beginning! And they'd never get there if they didn't start at the beginning!

      I'll try to look up his book! Thanks for telling me about it!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna Almost ten at night and I got a peek at your comment. This is my wife's favorite time of year. She loves both Spring and Fall. The leaves are changing here and our nights are cool with lovely crisp fresh air. My wife and I belong to Berwick, Maine Historical Society. We are learning so much about our town and tonight we had a wonderful guest speaker Ross Alan Bachelder who wrote a book called Happy Dawg Walks The Sad Man. The Remarkably Varied Adventures of a Confirmed Arts Multiple. He read parts of his book and interesting personal stories of his life. It was a perfect end of a great day. He currently has sold 51 books and he said statistically most American authors sell about two hundred books. So his publisher warned him how difficult it is to be on the best sellers list. That is the difference between dreaming and being. He is 74 and just wanted his story to be told. He also explained how the cost of publishing is in the neighborhood of $10,000. It involves so many factors and still lots of promoting on his side. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks, and you too. It's now 6:45 here and our sunset comes at 7:14 tonight. So I'm buttoning down for night, too.

      I love this season when the shadows get longer as the Earth's rotation around the Sun places the Sun lower in the sky for us in the Northern Hemisphere. Even though the leaves are all still green here in Dallas, the magical 'feel' of Autumn is already apparent.

      I will have a wonderful night and wish the same for you!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Nellieanna As I ponder the questions you ask there are also so many more that blend together like granola and yogurt so much better when mixed together. I love each thought and the meaning of life has a thousand clues and more angles than a pile of nails pointing in all different directions. Thanks so much for reading. The sun just set at 6:27 and it will get dark here real soon.Have a wonderful night.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, we do need to learn to revel in even the small things. While washing those dishes, notice a design in the wood on the cupboard or notice the way the dishtowel hangs and conjure up grand designs from the smallest things that are so easy to overlook and take for granted.

      There are usually more dramatic things to be noticed, besides. But they do not insist on being noticed. It's a personal, subjective intention or habit. The great thing about it is that as soon as it's embarked upon, those small insignificant things combine in one's mind to form more interesting patters or to suggest more amazing questions and possibilities.

      Where was that wood for the cabinet grown? Was it native to the area? Did it form an industry that provided jobs for people? Who chose it for the cabinet?

      Did that dishtowel have a history? Did your wife buy it or was it her Mother's? Does it need a better towel rack? Is it hanging so it can dry out between its jobs? Does it need to be replaced? haha.

      Anyway - so many developments start from small beginnings, as you know so well!

      I value my routine, though I'm not a real 'routine-person'. But it keeps me balanced and on top of things. That helps me understand myself, too.


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