Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A New Day Dawns



Photo: Mosquito Mountain and Moxie Lake in the morning in the fall.

Hi Y'All, I'm easing my way back into the old routines with a new perspective and appreciation for everything and everyone. To paraphrase an old quote, 'an old friend dying concentrates the mind wonderfully', and the recent absence was primarily the result of my trying to absorb the reality of the sudden death of a number of longtime friends and colleagues in a very short span of time. The numbers matter not, but having felt as though I was being, in my own selfish thoughts, subjected to a daily series of body blows, I found myself, for one of the very few times in my life, unable to function properly. It was rather much like a fog had settled in my mind and was growing denser every day. Not a great description, but words are inadequate to describe the empty feeling I allowed to settle within my deepest being. I don't say this for sympathy, just to let you know a bit of the reason I left so abruptly. But, I'm happy to say, I'm pretty much back to being my absentminded, short attention span, and constantly contemplating the next meal, self of old. Although I do have a whole new determination not to waste any more of the time allotted me, and to daily remind all that I love and care for each and every one. Well, maybe some more than others, but I'm trying!!
As I write this at 0625, it's 36.5F\2.5C and the sun just woke up. Another great day of testing my new attitude and my recently regained eyesight. The fall quilt of colors is starting to appear and the pumpkin and apple harvests are in full swing. The place is ready for almost anything that may befall us, short of a major disaster. Other than the car being due for its yearly State Inspection, all is fairly well with the world as I know it. For some reason, even political discussions have taken on a newer, less demanding nature. Just throw the bums out!! All of them, every last elected official, whether deserved or not. A new broom sweeps clean, time to start over. Maybe, since most of us hold our moms in such high regard, we should turn the whole place over to the women. We've had our go and blew it in my view.
Well, enough of that, not going to let a beautiful, sunny day be ruined by anything. Life is too short and precious to waste. A short nap for energy, then off to explore and enjoy nature's gift of autumn. One of my four favorite seasons. Until next we meet here, take care and savor every minute as if it were your last.

12 comments:

The Guy Who Writes This said...

I envy the colors you will be seeing, but then there will be the gray to follow. We stay green all year which may seem boring, but it beats gray.

Mike S said...

Sorry Mies, accidently deleted you. Here's Mies comment:
Mies said...
Wow, very inspirational post...Glad your fog lifted to enjoy the fall colors...I too live where God blessed us with four seasons and fall is one of my favorites too. I like your description of the colors as a quilt...For me there is a feeling in the air that signals the coming of fall....Thanks for a nice heartfelt post and glad your getting back on track

Mike S said...

Guy, what gray??? It stays sparkly white with clear blue skies when it's not snowing. Very beautiful.

Patricia said...

Sound's like your head's on straight, Mike. Life requires a pit stop, every now and then.
A northern winter is undeniably beautiful sometimes, like when you wake up of a morning and look out a window and see a fresh snow and the tree branches covered with ice and sparkling in the sun.
Loveliness happens, and life's hard times happen, everywhere. You just have to get through them and maintain the equilibrium.
Nice to see you back, friend.

FENICLE said...

You do have a colorful scene there. I love fall for that very reason...all the colors!

Mies said...

Well, accidently deleted my comment???hmmmmmm...Okay, I forgive ya and everything I said in the comment you "accidently" deleted still stands...hahaha...Good thing were pretty fair to middlin' friends...haha again, Glad your back pal, Linda....

Hahn at Home said...

Sometimes ya' just have to regroup. I think it's very cool you identified the source of the problem and sat with it for a bit.

I'm glad you are back though--I miss you when you are gone.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

Beautiful photo......I applaud your ability to move past the loss and pain and appreciate what each day has in store for you....you are indeed a blessed man....hang in there..

Auntie said...

You are a joy, Mike S., and I really enjoy having you in our "collective" blogger life. Here's to you and your new beginnings as well as your well beloved passings. Have a wee dram on Auntie.

Jim said...

It's truly good to see you back Mike. Sometimes we all have to go to 'the high country' to see things more clearly... I'm glad your personal 'high country' helped lift your spirits. Thinking of you.

DeadMansHonda said...

Wow I was sad as I read this...but then....I was encouraged by your refreshing perspective. Very much so. Thank you.

Cherie said...

Mike, body blows is how I described my time in the valley of the shadow of death, too, when so many of my loved ones died in a short amount of time. Glad that the fog has lifted and you are functioning again. The feeling lasts awhile, though, as you know, down deep. Sorry for your loss.

Love the photo! Gorgeous scenery. Enjoyed your 'throw the bums out' sentiments, and your realistic views of life.

Glad you are back!