I have a chance to write at the Microtel lobby computer... wow.. it's a lot easier than
the laptop that misses an o and has a mistake every time that I write some eloquent pieces...
it was wonderful seeing LA,s family...
I am so indebted to their kindness
and I just have to learn how to play it forward...
I guess the key word is play...
and learning how to play with patience
I love to play but I have to teach my other half to play with patience also!
so many things to chat about and I was worried that we'd have to drive back to hillbilly country
when I could have visited them more...
I need to call Crow Mac and ask him to visit us again at our little home away from home
as I learn how to take care of business
and relax
and especially my wife to relax... but their points where we need to escape just momentarily for the good of the relationship
when everything we say gets twisted and doesnt ever come out the way you want it!
I saw this beautiful pic of Petra and wanted to add into my blog...
there are so many worlds with new places to visit in this short...
I hope my family will carry on this nomadic gene that we humans carry in us...
I already miss the ocean
and Ive been noticing how much I've been eating at the Microtel Buffet...

Unfortunately, we are trying to live our fast paced lifestyle in what is naturally a slow paced world. Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational speaker, once told the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree. It seems that this tree when planted, watered, and nurtured for an entire growing season doesn’t outwardly grow as much as an inch. Then, after the second growing season, a season in which the farmer takes extra care to water, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn’t sprouted. So it goes as the sun rises and sets for four solid years. The farmer and his wife have nothing tangible to show for all of their labor trying to grow the tree.
Then, along comes year five.
In the fifth year that Chinese bamboo tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet in just one growing season! Or so it seems….
Did the little tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond? The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.
Had the Chinese bamboo farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly, just as tension against muscles as we exercise strengthen our muscles, while muscles left alone will soon atrophy. My problem with exercise is not getting instantly stronger after each work out! I pray for more patience every day and I pray to get it right now!

I suppose the best listener is myself when I read all of this a few  years later...
and I wish that I could go back in time and try to teach myself the patience
and nurture the seed that grows inside of me...
and now I have to slowly but surely have patience with my son and especially my relationship...
that has been the most difficult challenging problem to overcome...
I  will learn how to play this game of life like a chess...
already I'm way past the opening and all the pieces are piling up on the king 
as he looks for his pieces to come to his aid...
and then learn after staving off this attack on my king
I will learn how to gather my pieces to go on to victory...
and help my pawns reach their 8th rank and become whatever they want...
the pawns could be metaphors for my talents or the people that I can pay it forward to...
and they will help me in my hours of need...
i hope

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