My Rants and Raves for Today

Still dark outside – will that change after this weekend? Why? Because we turn our clocks back one hour this coming Sunday evening. Will we ever do away with Daylight Savings Time? With today’s modern technology – what are we actually saving by changing times twice a year? Does anyone even remember why we did it in the first place? Having lived in Arizona back in the 70’s, I must admit it was nice to have the same times all year long as that state does not change their time twice a year – it is the same time all year long!

OK, one more thing I need to get off my chest while I am in the ranting and raving mood. This coming Tuesday, November 4th, is voting day. Here is my rant on that subject: Will there ever come a time that we look forward to go to the polls to vote.? And by that I mean that we actually look forward to going because we believe in the person or persons we are intending to vote for. You know that someone that we think will make a difference. For far too many years now all we tend to hear from our representatives in Congress come voting time is that “So and So” is bad and corrupt or that the other candidate is a crook and so forth and so on.  When will we see a political campaign that explains what the candidate thinks is wrong with the system (and hopefully his or her view of the problems is based on what we, the people – his or her constituents, would like to see changed) instead of this “mud-slinging, airing of everyone’s dirty laundry, and let’s see who can out-bash the other candidate the most mentality that seems to prevail in Washington today!

Frankly, I for one, am fed up with it. At one time I had respect for one particular party, was not particularly fond of the other party but lately, I am not sure I want to be associated with either one of them. I am beginning to think like many people I know today which is  that we should vote the entire bunch of them out and start fresh with a whole new breed of politicians. But then I would also like to retire to a quiet island and enjoy pina coladas every day too – fat chance of either one happening.

Okay, I am done!

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Why are we still here?

Upon reading one of the many newsletters I subscribe to on a daily basis, I came across the following quote “The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.” by author Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D. The name rang a bell because many, many, years ago I remembered receiving a book as a gift entitled “Real Moments” by Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D. It is a very interesting book that deals with how, at times we as people, may need what could be called – “Real Moments.”

Sure enough – upon searching my library, I found the book. After skimming the first few pages I remembered why I kept it all these years. I decided to keep it for future reference should I ever feel like I needed a “Real Moment!” Perusing the book, I came across a chapter written for Men and Real Moments. One passage in this chapter on Men and Real Moments states, and I quote Ms. DeAngelis when she says: Here is the thing about men and real moments:

Real moments are about being, they are not about doing. And men are doers.

However, before she ends the chapter on Men and Real Moments, Ms. DeAngelis provides the reader with a quote by W. Beran Wolfe that reads as follows:

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.”

With each passing year, I find myself asking myself the age old question: “Why am I still here and what is it that I should be doing with my life?

I am here to tell everyone that I am still alive and well and taking nourishment. The statement made by W. Beran Wolfe explains – leastways to me – but hopefully to anyone reading this post – why we are still here. It is because now that we are retired, we, in all probability, have no particular goals, especially the goal of happiness. Why, because as stated by Mr. Wolfe, it is at this stage of our lives that we should have finally become aware that just being in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day should be all that we need to be happy. Until next time