Starting when I was about 14 or so, I used to ride my bike to a hill that overlooked the town on one side and the country on the other side. It was a church property and behind it was a grove of pine trees with a picnic table under them… loved the way the wind sighed through the tops of the trees. I spent countless hours there alone both in the daylight and at night. It was my spot. I’d look out across the horizon at the farmland with the bypass running through. I loved the tranquility of the land but the traffic on the bypass and jets flying overhead were reminders of people on the move. I’d wonder where they were going and what kind of life they had. Sitting up there at that young age the world was amazing and the possibilities seemed endless and so simplistic.
I look back now at almost 57 and think wow, that was some complicated shit that happened since then. Van Halen got it right in their song, Running With The Devil: “I found the simple life ain’t so simple. When I jumped out, on that road.”
Who knew life had so many choices and so many variations of each choice with every one of them impacting the future in ways that you can’t even begin to imagine. Sooner or later, later for me, you learn to slow down and think. That’s when past choices and regrets start accumulating in your mind. So the key is to slow down, and when your thoughts catch up to you… let go.
Now I’m regrouping once again, ready for a major change. This time away from the flash and excitement and towards a quiet, creative life, connected with and grounded in nature. That’s what we do, make plans, life happens and we make new plans. It’s no big deal if you look at everything as an experience instead of a dissapointment. – Coov
P.S.: pics below are from the spot where I used to sit. One from the actual view and another from just a little higher up with an arrow on the you are here spot.
Ranchers on the Mexico/U.S border have been asking for help for the last 30 years. They have drug smugglers coming through their land and “coyotes” smuggling people across. They are living on land that has been in their family for many generations and they don’t feel safe.
About the coyotes… they get paid good money to smuggle people across but have no regard for their safety or well being. Lots of times people get abandoned in the middle of nowhere. A lady I know along with her husband carry gallons of water out into the dessert to set up water stations so that less of the immigrants will die from dehydration. The dessert is littered with bodies of men, women and children.
Lots of the people who do make it across don’t have enough money to pay the smuggling fees and are placed in hidden sweatshops where they have to work off their debt for pennies on the dollar. Many of the women and children end up being victims of sex trafficking so they can work their debt off, again for pennies on the dollar.
Maybe we don’t need a “wall” across the entire border but we need a barrier of some sorts in strategic places to help curtail this and also to help out the border patrol who has also been begging for help for 30 years. Border patrol officers btw undergo some of the most rigorous training of any group because the atmosphere they work in is very dangerous and unpredictable.
Trump has a big mouth. He says mean, stupid and hurtful things. I don’t like it at all. However that doesn’t automatically make everything he’s trying to do wrong or anyone who supports him wrong.
Democrats have some real idiots at the helm, that doesn’t automatically make everything that they do wrong or anyone who supports them wrong.
One thing I learned quickly when answering calls in law enforcement is that there are two sides to every story and most often the truth is somewhere in the middle. The all or nothing, its my side or no side approach that pervades social media is childish and is turning lots of normally reasonable people into idiots.
Lighten up, take a breath and quit ripping each other apart. To those of you who love to fight, truth is, your facts are correct but they are only partial facts which makes them bullshit, that’s why people are fighting. – Coov
Negativity only has as much power as you give it. When people are rude or inconsiderate, when the line at the store is long and one register is open… those things only last as long as you hang on to them.
You control what you listen to on the radio, watch on the TV or read on the internet. If it drags you down… turn it off. If people use you, it’s because you let them. If you hate your job, find another one. Owe too much, quit buying stuff.
Whatever negativity you have dragging you down, let it go. Walk outside and breathe. Find a quiet spot so you can find yourself and get back to who you were before you conformed and allowed the world to burden your heart and soul. Unblock your connection to the Creator and smile, because you are free to be as happy as you want to be. – Coov