Thank you for visiting my blog “Life and Random Thinking” today.
Today is my 8th post in my Toastmasters challenge to do 8 posts in a month.
Thanks for hanging in there and supporting my writing and especially the encouraging comments and suggestions.
I have a few different ideas to share and hope you will like one or all of them and I am including delicious music for dessert♥ – David
Today I had another “procedure” as in day-surgery and stitches that will need to be in for three weeks because of the chunk removed. I have recurring struggle with skin cancer due to over thirty years of taking immuno-suppressant drugs so my kidney transplants don’t reject.
I’m happy about it.
The surgeon is always really nice, the day surgery nurse “Tammy” is always sweet and welcomes me by sight. I left the room today after multiple needles to freeze my leg, clothes soaked with blood; but I went home feeling content.
A few years back I took Headspace (a meditation app) and one of the first concepts was that the blue skies are up there, the clouds are temporary but the blue sky isn’t. Which I see and focus on is up to me. Today I admit I was gritting my teeth, and deep breathing but I knew the blue skies were still there.
Blue Sky link here
I have just started watching a Netflix show called “Navillera“.
The story line is “A 70-year-old with a dream and a 23-year-old with a gift lift each other out of harsh realities and rise to the challenge of becoming ballerinos.”
The average young ballet dancer quits their careers young. The concept of beginning at age 70 is inspiring.
What would I do/try if I didn’t think about my age, weight, blah blah? What could I accomplish?
At one point the “seasoned” 70 year old says “I know I am old and weak. I am willing to be defeated by reality. But I want to at least try.”
That grabbed my ears, my heart and my imagination.
A few years ago you might recall a bobsled team qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The likelihood seems the same as finding a magic carpet outside my window.
quote from Wikipedia “Their “underdog” status as an unlikely competitor in a cold weather sport represented by a nation with a tropical environment quickly gained them popularity at the Games. They had little experience in the sport and had to appeal to other teams for basic equipment in order to compete; sporting camaraderie across national boundaries followed. In the third out of four runs, they lost control of the sleigh, crashed, and did not officially finish.
I have to imagine they went home with their hearts full that they tried.
Defeated by reality but riding a magic carpet regardless that they gave it their all, and I believe they were happy, joyful, exuberant in that knowledge.
I like this beautiful song and loved the Jamaican beat, lyrics and images from the Jamaican national bobsled movie.
So called “Failures” this team embraced the attempt and were living without regret because of that
My challenge of these 8 posts was to write “compelling” posts.
I don’t know if I did – only you can say if I succeeded.
I hope that every person sees the “blue skies” in their lives, that they are content enough to enjoy what life has given them but optimistic about what the days ahead might bring.
I also want to express sincere thank you to the readers that encourage me to share my thoughts. I am grateful for the friendships I didn’t expect when I started blogging many years ago.
I started blogging as way to continually learn and challenge myself – a goal I embrace for myself and I hope you do also.
I have learned and I have much more to learn and new challenges to try. I will try to embrace the joy of trying and failing as the doorway to achievement. ♥♥ David
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”Henry Ford