Sitting and thinking

I’m having one of those days today. That has got to be one of the most vague comments that everyone instantly knows what you mean. But it’s true. I’m sitting here looking at my keyboard, and then at my monitor. Back to the keyboard. Back to the monitor. No. Nothing is coming to me. This post is going to be very short if I don’t come up with something to write.

I’ve got a couple of my reserve in case of emergency posts that I could use, but the time doesn’t feel right to use them, so I’ll not bother. I do make things difficult for myself.

So, I’m sitting and thinking. That’s not entirely true. I’m sitting and trying to think.

I can’t write a post on nothing – I’ve already done one on nothing anyway, so I think it’s a little early to duplicate that one! I will have to rack my brains and think of something. And pretty quickly too! And I’m not sure rack my brains is the correct term to use… I’ve only got one brain. Or I think I have anyway…

I can’t believe that I’m writing about thinking about my brain. It really is one of those days.

Still, there’s one good thing that comes out of not being able to think of anything – there’s no nagging voice, no worry, no fear and none of the other torments that fill our heads at times… or is that just me?  No, it’s nice and quiet inside my head at the moment. It’s also nice and quiet outside too as the kids have finished throwing their fireworks at each other for the evening. They’ll be back tomorrow though!

It doesn’t look like I’ll be getting anything for my post tonight, so I’ll just type another motivational quote that I have come across recently:

It’s not who you are that holds you back – it’s who you think you’re not! – Unknown

One thing’s for sure… I think I’m not a thinker this evening. Don’t you just love paradoxes?

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Reaching out

I’ve decided to add a new page to my blog for recommendations. Any blogs that I come across and enjoy will be mentioned there. It is just another way for me to continue to feel good, and besides it keeps all of my favourite site links all in one place. My memory isn’t what it used to be, so I don’t need to remember all those addresses along with everything else! I’m not reviewing the blogs or anything, it is just a page of links really, but if the site is there it is because I like something about it. It may be that it has made me think, or I like a particular post therein. With my experience of coincidences I believe I was meant to find those blogs for a reason, so they deserve a mention.

I reached out last night to someone I don’t know very well. She was one of the barmaids in my local haunt (the one where I sit in the corner) and it was her last night, she was leaving as she was starting a new day job. Thinking back, she probably thought I was rambling on and couldn’t wait to get away from me, but I wasn’t. I like to go on about doing the best for ourselves, and I was telling myself as much as I was telling her that she shouldn’t just chase her dream – she should grab hold of it. Chasing it may just push it further away. She seemed to get what I was saying though, and wanted to serve me with my final drink before I left, which I thought was quite nice considering I sometimes thought she didn’t like me that much. So when I left I hugged her and wished her good luck for the future.

It doesn’t sound like much, but it made me feel quite good. I sound like I’m being selfish, but I’m not. I do like to feel good, and I also like to share that feeling with people when I can too.

I like it when we are on the same wavelength, so to speak.

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Doing the impossible

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. – Tony Robbins.

Have you ever thought about something that you think would be a really good idea to invent, and bring benefit to millions of people, only to discover that it already exists? How did you not know about it’s existence before?

Have you ever thought about someone, and the next day you saw them in the street, or they called you, or someone mentioned them to you? What made you think of them in the first place?

Have you ever thought that something was going to happen – and it did, exactly as you predicted?

I think these types of thoughts have occurred to us all on at least one occasion, yet when we get these thoughts we can’t quite believe what has happened. Because they have happened, shows they are not impossible. If we can think that way there is obviously more that we can do.

Think about the things that you believe are impossible. I’m not talking about flying or anything like that (and flying isn’t impossible nowadays anyway, well, not without help). Is there something you believe that you can’t do? Is there something you have always dreamed of doing, but never got around to it?

When you really think about it, what we think of as impossible really isn’t. There is always a way of doing something. Granted, we can’t travel in time, but we can travel wherever and whenever we like with our imagination. Because we can do that, it isn’t impossible.

Do you think winning the lottery is impossible? Well, think again! People very often win the lottery, so, if they can do it, it is fair to say that you can do it too! If you don’t play the lottery, then it is impossible to win – but only because you didn’t start (buy the ticket). As soon as that ticket is bought, it is possible that you will win.

Do you think you will never lose weight? Well if you don’t make the changes in diet and or exercise, then it is impossible. Make a start and it becomes possible.

Do you think you will never meet the man or woman of your dreams? Well, get meeting new people! If you don’t, you won’t!

Have you ideas to write a good novel, or a catchy tune, or an award winning recipe? They’ll never get done if you don’t start.

Do you look on and watch people seemingly enjoying everything they do, and feel it is so unfair that they have all the opportunities and you don’t? Do you read about characters in stories and think you could do bigger and better stories? Do you feel trapped, and need more time for yourself?

What Tony Robbins has said in his quote above is very true. Think about the things you have done in the past, and have been proud of. Someone, somewhere, has probably watched you do that and wished they could do the same. Look at all of the gadgets we now take for granted. They were invented by someone in the past to make things easier and better for us. Years before they were invented, they would have been classed as impossible.

Years ago, people thought men flying was impossible – we can now go out into space!

Years ago, people had the notion that the earth was flat. It was impossible that it was round. Now we know better!

Try to imagine living now without the TVs, cars, DVDs, music systems, fast food, huge shopping centres, and anything else ‘modern’, and that may seem to be impossible – however people lived without them in the past.

Everyday we are living the impossible, but are generally unaware.

Stop thinking in terms of how impossible things are, and think of the possibilities instead. There are far more possibilities than you actually can give credit for. There is only really one impossibility. Whether you start to do it or not.

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If I were a vampire…

…I think I’d be a very good one.

I’ve already listed the reasons why I like vampires, but now I’m looking into how things would be if I were a vampire. After all, we can be anything we really want to in our lives, we just have to put a little effort into it. Where we don’t need to put a lot of anything into becoming what we truly desire to be is in our imaginations. There we can be whoever we please – and whenever we please it!

So. I’m now a vampire.

I am a special vampire that isn’t allergic to daylight, but I still prefer the later hours. That actually sounds like the human me anyway, so that isn’t such a far leap for my imagination.

I am quite moody… sultry in fact. That sounds like me too… I’m not doing very good with this imagination thing right now. I’ll keep trying.

I wear absolutely amazing clothes, and my body is stunning. Athletic and toned, and, for a vampire, quite bronzed and tanned. My hair looks perfect no matter what I do with it, and I can move like lightning. There we go… I knew I had a good imagination in me somewhere!

I like being by myself, but I do also like being around others. I enjoy flirting and being on the edge, but am very careful not to go over the edge. I say things to cause mild offence, but not to outright offend. I sometimes listen to other people, but tend to do mostly my own thing. I need to have a mirror to look in, not that I’m vain, but just to see how good I do look. I’ve met myself coming backwards now… I’m imagining that I’m a vampire imagining that I have a mirror that I can see myself in, which I can as me, but not as the vampire… anyway, moving on…

I live in a huge mansion with many rooms, and the rooms are on many different levels. I like living in the upper part of the house, but I am also particularly fond of an old room downstairs that has been decorated in a really old fashioned way. There is an old clock in this room that ticks loudl – hang on a minute! – this is one of my other dreams that I’ve had. I wasn’t a vampire in that dream – but I don’t remember any mirrors. Hmmm. I digress. Back to being a vampire.

I pretend to drink blood, but it is really cranberry juice. It just looks good! Whenever I have my photograph taken, I hold my hands like claws around my face to make me look more vampiric, but I didn’t do that on my passport photo, and I love Halloween.

I can’t fly on my own accord, but have been able to levitate for several seconds at a time which has been noticed by other people. This has actually happened to me in real life too when I played football once – I spent more time flying through the air than I did actually standing up because I kept tripping over the opponents. (I’m sure the few who went to watch thought I was flying.) I’m a better vampire than I am a football player.

When I’ve had too much of a ‘certain kind’ of cranberry juice and slept it off a while, I don’t like bright lights then. My head sometimes feels a bit strange, and I occasionally have a little memory loss. Luckily, that doesn’t happen very often.

I like a nice steak every now and then (had to get that one in… being a vampire I have a great sense of humour- I’ve lost count of the number of times my jokes have been lost on people!), and I love to eat out. I can be a bit of a messy eater, but the people I’m with don’t tend to mind. They haven’t said anything to me anyway!

But most of all, I love to have fun. I can’t be doing with being boring, sitting behind a desk all day looking at a computer screen.

I’m back to being me now – the human me, not the vampire. There isn’t really that much difference in the end, only I like the confidence that comes with being the vampire. I may just borrow that aspect of my vampire personality. In fact, I think I’ll imagine me as something else, and see which aspect of that personality I like, and borrow that too. Bit by bit I’ll improve my own personality, which can’t be bad. I think I’ll try being a werewolf next…

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Miguel De Cervantes

The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.

A very brief history of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: he was born in 1547 in the city of Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid, Spain. He wrote Don Quixote de la Mancha, part I in 1605 and Part II in 1615. And he died in 1616.

I stumbled across the above quote today, entirely by chance while having a look at a completely unrelated website. The relevance of the quote is plain to see if you have happened to have caught anything on the news reports of the trapped Chilean miners who are being rescued today. I tend not to watch the news – or try not to, but sometimes it can’t be helped, and I forget and ‘end up’ watching it! Today, I am pleased that I did watch it.

No bad news, just good news.

A fascinating story of survival, teamwork, camaraderie, hope, freedom and relief!

I’ve been catching little snippets of the plight of the trapped miners over the past few weeks, but only in passing. I knew yesterday that they were about to start the rescue operation, but then saw nothing further until this morning. I woke up early, switched on the TV and was watching only short reports that the first four miners had been rescued. The reports were saying that the fifth miner was about to be brought to the surface, a nineteen year old who has decided that too much has happened to him and he wants to change his life.

By the time I managed to watch the news again at lunchtime, eleven miners had been rescued. One by one they were emerging from beneath the rock to a round of applause from the rescuers, their families and friends, and hoards of TV news reporters. Apparently those who could handle the pressure to deal with the exposure were the first to be rescued, those who could handle the pressure of waiting to be rescued were left until last, and those in the middle were selected for other reasons. A very well thought out rescue plan, in my opinion, and everyone seems remarkably calm. However, you can see the relief on their faces when they are finally released from the Phoenix (the tiny tube that is being used to bring the miners to the surface one by one.)

The latest news report that I have just caught, this evening, said that twenty of the miners have now been rescued.

Let’s hope that the remaining thirteen are all OK, and the rescue continues in the same amazing fashion as it has throughout the day!

Like I said before, I love good news. It is quite rare to have the news reports dominated by something positive. And it feels good!

As I started this post with a quote from Miguel De Cervantes, here are a few more to finish:

  • I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.
  • Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
  • The pen is the tongue of the mind.
  • To be prepared is half the victory.
  • In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
  • Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.