Reflection and life

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It’s hard to tell where shore ends, and the reflection begins. Sometimes life is like that too. I will tell you one secret .. stick your toe in and you will know if it’s real, and when you are about to get wet. :)  

I find myself looking back on life, as if it is a big reflection. I remember my childhood days, and find myself reflecting on my parents often. There are some good memories, and then of course, times when I feel I let them down. We all have moments like that. The reality is, there were many good times in my childhood, and I am grateful for everyone of them.  

Then I reflect on my early years with my wife. We had four amazing sons. I was not a perfect father in the early days, I tended to lack patience and focus. I was not bad, but I could have been better. As I have aged (and boy, have I aged), I have a lot more clarity about what life is about.  

Reflecting is good, but what is important is the the ‘here and now’. Stick your toe in and enjoy every moment.  

 ~ Rick


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Mirror on the Lake

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Sunrise was moments away, and dispite the light clouds, it looked like it was going to be beautiful. With a few minutes remaining, the lake suddenly became a large mirror. The lighting was just right, and the clouds and sky reflected off the mirrored surface. I don’t think this photo does it justice. Beautiful beyond words. Every color, every cloud .. it was all on the surface of the lake in great detail.

~ Rick


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Oh, another sunset ..

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The sunsets keep getting better this week. I plan to get outdoors this weekend. Perhaps a walk or two, and maybe I will take my first bike ride of the season. I hope it’s nice wherever you are located. Enjoy the moment!

~ Rick


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A place called home

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After work yesterday, Teresa and I took a walk at the  Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary. Most of the migratory birds have moved on, however, signs of their activity remain. Many bird species build a nest each spring, as a place to lay and incubate eggs. Every year they do this as they begin again, and create the next generation. Some species lay eggs on the ground. Some use refurbished nest for several years. It’s all kind of amazing. 

Looking at this next I could not help but reflect on my connection to ‘home’. Home has always been a special place for me. My parents worked hard to make home a safe place. A place where they could teach us, and prepare us for life. When our sons were young, we worked to have a home where they felt loved. At some point, they started leaving to go build their own nest. That is all kind of amazing too. 

Sadly, not everyone has that same experience. Some are homeless or find themselves in circumstances that prohibit them from the same joy. When I feel like things are difficult, I remind myself of how privileged I have been. I am truly grateful for a good life, good friends, and an amazing family. Be grateful for whatever you have, and give back when you can. 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”  ~ Melody Beattie

Be grateful, and have a great day. 

~ Rick  


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Ideas are like fish ...

The Stillwater River

The Stillwater River

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”  ~ David Lynch

I often hear people say that they are not creative. That they don’t have any ‘new ideas’. I think this is a self-limiting mindset. I have been there. I felt drained .. sapped of my creativity. 

Working in a corporate climate for years can drain your creative juices. It does not have to be this way.  You can stretch your creative muscles, and be more innovative.  Here are a few ideas to juice up your creativity:

Variety is a seedbed of creativity. Expose yourself to new experiences. Try working in new spaces, with different people, or perhaps with new tools. Try eating new and different foods. Traveling to new cultures and learning about the people and foods can stimulate new thinking. Diversity is a powerful driver of creativity. 

Develop your sense of curiosity. Slow down and ask questions. Learn as much as possible, and try to understand. Curious people are extremely interesting.  

Years ago I was in a meeting with my manager. We were discussing general topics .. I don’t remember much about the conversation, except for this one question. Yes, a single question that he asked in that meeting about a fundamental aspect of physics as it related to our equipment changed the entire industry over the following 24 months. Be inquesitive ... there are no dumb questions.  

Learn about other careers, science, industries, or technology.  So many breakthroughs come from applying learnings in other industries to  your area of work. In the previous example, we used technology from automotive, and applied it to Food Service. It was game changing. 

Make space and time for letting your mind work! Everyone that knows me well, knows that I get up early every day. I do this to get in a workout, but I have also found that this is the time when I ‘think’ best. Perhaps you mediate, walk, run .. whatever works, make some space in your life for the creative mind to work.

I like to feed my mind while I’m on the treadmill. I expose it to audible books, I read RSS feeds that I have found helpful, and sometimes I just think about big questions. I suggest you follow big thinkers and innovators on Twitter and Facebook. Good audiable books can make a big difference. I have a library full of books that I have listened to over the years. I’ll share that list sometime. Email me if you are looking for some ideas. 

Plug into meet-ups with other creatives. I have been involved with New Media Dayton for years. I’ve gone to other meet-ups for a long time. I have not only meet great friends, I have juiced my creative spirit. Most corporate meetings kill creativity and drain the mind. There is something about a more casual learning environment that reverses that process. I love it. 

Ideas .. really big ideas are waiting. Engage with the world around you and life can be much richer, and you can can be more creative. 

 ~ Rick


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