Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Masquerade!

Today was a day of costumes and masks! 

The song from "Phantom of the Opera" played through my mind all day long.

"Masquerade!
Paper faces on parade. . . .
Masquerade!
Hide your face,
so the world will never find you!

Masquerade!
Every face a different shade. . . .
Masquerade!
Look around--
there's another mask behind you!. . . ."

I just finished a book and the main character talked about how we all have our own masks.  A friend had died with lots of secrets and her friend was talking to someone else and stated that "the closing years of life are like the end of a a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped."

Those words have played in mind, over and over.  What mask am I wearing?  Is there something that I need to confront from my past and to let it go?

People are wearing invisible masks and being someone else.  What are we trying to hide?

As I continue on my journey and discovering myself, may I see my life as it is and not try to hide behind a mask!  Once I drop the mask, I may realize the unique the person that I am.




Monday, October 30, 2017

Looking Into The Mirror

As I look at the leaves changing colors(bright yellow, gold, orange and red) and the temperature turning colder, I realize that my own life is changing.

The mirror doesn't lie.  My face is not as firm as it was thirty years ago.  There is a droop around the eye area and the chin area seems a little bit more thicker.  And what about the hair?  There is a new tint of gray that keeps popping up.

I seem to be thinking more about yesterday and tomorrow and less about today.  The verse that keeps coming to mind is "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalms 90:12 

I do know that my days are numbered and I do want my days left on this world to be glorifying to God.  May I be the servant that He wants me to be.  May I take time to listen to others and to be faithful as a friend.

I realize that God has used many great men and women in the later years of life.  Abraham was far more effective once he grew old and mellow.  Moses wasn't used until he turned eighty.  Caleb was eighty-five when God allowed him to take the Israelites into the promised land.  Samuel was old when he anointed the first two kings of Israel. Mother Teresa was devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy and the helpless.  There are so many more people that God has used in their latter years of life.

Growing old has its difficulties and heartaches, but there are also the joy and happiness that has happened along life's journey.

I came across these verses:

"Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life."  Proverbs 16:31

"They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green."  Psalms 92:14

"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."  Isaiah 46:4

"Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.  Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live; not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good."  Titus 2:2-3

As I look into the rear view mirror, may I see a person who will allow the gray hair and old age be a blessing from God and that I will rejoice in the years of experience and wisdom that has been gained.





Sunday, October 29, 2017

Praise God for A New Day!

As I looked at the sky and the beautiful colors of orange, yellow and dark blue clouds, I realized that today had been a beginning of a new day.  I have discovered that the days are going faster, the years are getting shorter and my life expectancy is different than when I was eighteen.  With all of that in mind, I am beginning to enjoy each new day.

"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."  Psalms 27:4

This was David's prayer.  His greatest desire was to live in God's presence each day of his life.  My prayer is that I will also enjoy each day with God and I will allow Him to use me to make a difference.



Monday, August 21, 2017

The Solar Eclipse, 2017

As I was on my morning walk, I received a text from our neighbors wanting to know "was I going to watch the eclipse"today.  I hadn't really thought about it.  The news reports in Northern Colorado have been stating "don't get on I-25 unless you have to.  Traffic is terrible and cars are inching along the interstate."

In hearing the news, I began to have flashbacks to when Hurricane Rita was headed towards Houston. This was two weeks after Katrina had hit New Orleans back in 2005.  I remember trying to flee Houston in the middle of the night to try to escape the storm and the traffic.  With all of that said, I have stayed in my neighborhood and the immediate surroundings for the past few day.

I texted back to my neighbor and asked "do you have the solar glasses.?"    Her reply was yes.  She said meet us at the pool area around 11:15 am(MT) where we have the best spot of seeing the eclipse.

I got home and began to read up about all the craze for the solar eclipse. In Colorado, the eclipse would begin around 10:30 am and last until 1:15 pm.  The peak would be between 11:45 and 11:55 am. I found out that where I was located, the eclipse would reach about 95% instead of 100% total darkness.

 And that the last time that the United States had an eclipse was in 1979 and it only had reached five states. It was in 1918, that the eclipse did cross the U.S. from coast to coast. Today's eclipse was stretching across fourteen states: Oregon, Idaho, a sliver of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, a tiny portion of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The next solar eclipse will be visible in Colorado on August 12, 2045 and that the path of totality will pass directly over the state.  Who knows, I could still be here?

As I got to the pool area, I could already begin to feel the weather getting cooler and the sun did seem a lot dimmer.  There was a stillness among the wind and a quietness among the birds.  It was as if, time was standing still.

It was interesting to watch as the moon passed in front of the sun.  It was surreal in observing this take place.  As the moon did cross in front of the sun, it wasn't total darkness.  I looked north towards the Wyoming border and you could see the darkness.  It reminded me of when the weather changes and a northern is blowing down from Canada.

It was a great experience and if I am still around in 2045, I will pull out my solar glasses and I will enjoy the moment.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The End of the Day

There is something about walking in the evening.  It is a great way to end the day.  

As I strolled through the neighborhood, I thought about how peaceful my day had been.  It had been an uneventful day.  We need to have those because there are days where we feel that we can't accomplish anything.

I could hear the crickets chirping, I could see the swallows gliding through the sky and the rabbits jumping from one area to the next.  Also there was a crispness in the area as the sun was lowering in the west.

I was able to capture this photo of the sun going behind the clouds.

Thank you Lord for a beautiful and peaceful day!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Eye of the Peacock

Today as I was going through pictures, I came across one of the photos that I took this summer in Italy.  I was touring an organic cheese farm and these peacocks were roaming the property, spreading their beautiful feathers and crying out their call.


The beauty of the peacock is so spectacular with it's rich, iridescent blue body and the tail plumes are a rich blue as well.  The vibrant blue, green and yellow eye spots on the feathers show the beauty of the peacock.

The peacock is symbolic of integrity, as well nobility, holiness, guidance, protection and watchfulness.  This is one reason why you always see peacocks roaming on the grounds of royalty.

Seeing this photo reminded me once again of the beauty of nature.  God created the peacock and He created me.  May we never forget how special we all are in God's eyes!

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Dancing Butterfly

As I relaxed outside today to enjoy the warm sunshine and cool air, I noticed the "white dancing butterflies" in the garden.  It was so peaceful to sit there and to watch them flutter from one plant to another.  As if they had no care in the world.

Watching nature is so symbolic of our own lives.  Even though we don't have wings to fly, we still have the opportunity of sharing ourselves with people around us.  Sometimes we just don't want to reach out and share happiness and joy with someone.  Are you in a rut in life?  Get out there and do something for someone else.  Spread your arms and embrace life!

Butterflies are so adaptable to their environment.  We need to learn to be sensitive to our surroundings.  You don't have to put yourself into a situation that doesn't build you up.  Be around people and circumstances that encourage and support you.

Also, butterflies teaches us metamorphosis.  Butterflies shed the old before they can become the beautiful creatures that they are.  We need to remember that sometimes we need to back-off and to allow the process to happen.  The adult butterfly only emerges as the conditions are right.  We need to remember that there will always be "changes".  When we do develop and gain our growth, our life will take on a new formation and we will be ready for our next phase in life.

As the butterflies danced among the flowers, they remind us not to be so serious, but to enjoy our surroundings.  We need to embrace changes as they happen. People tell us "to stop and smell the roses".  Maybe we need to stop and dance with someone.  Dancing always brings a smile to your face, as well as laughter.  Laughter is so cleansing.

The white color reminded me of purity and the cleanliness that we all strive for.  As we all know, no one is perfect. But we all need to be the best that we can be.  The Indians believed that the white butterfly represented "a guardian spirit, ushering you along the path of life".  The butterfly represents the endurance, change, hope and life that we all need.

For even just a few minutes, taking time to watch the white butterflies dancing, took away the stress and problems around me.

Do yourself a favor!  Get outside and watch nature perform and I promise you, you will have a different outlook on life!

The White Dancing Butterfly