June 23, 2009

Close your eyes and look...

Close Your Eyes And Look...
By John R. Greenwood

St. Joseph’s Church, friends, sunshine and a Model A.
It was a perfect summer day. We were young and happy. Our friends were young and happy. It was a good day. The wedding mass was sweet and pure. A breeze blew softly through the same church where I made my First Communion and first confession. That old white country church was filled with youth and smiles, white rice and organ music, a summer classic in its simplest form. It wasn’t a limousine that took us to the reception it was a Model A. The ride was wonderful. The reception wasn’t at the Hall of Springs or the Canfield Casino it was at the Greenfield Firehouse. The fire trucks stood guard outside the open doors to the music filled reception hall. Aunts and uncles, friends and family, neighbors and coworkers all in their best attire eating, drinking and dancing on that sunny June day. You don’t need big expensive wedding albums for days like these. Days like these are cherished and embedded in your senses. 30 plus years later on a sunny June day with a warm breeze blowing you can simply close your eyes and relive them effortlessly and lovingly. On that day so many years ago I said, “I do.” I did and I’d do it again!


The quality of love and the duration of a relationship are in direct proportion to the depth of the commitment by both people to making the relationship successful. Commit yourself wholeheartedly and unconditionally to the most important people in your life. --Brian Tracy
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 16, 2009

What is youth?

What is Youth 
Author Unknown

"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, supple knees; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite of adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man fifty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair, these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust. Whether seventy or seventeen there is in every being’s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and starlight things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing child-like appetite for what is next, and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
In the central place of your heart, there is a sensitive station. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, grandeur, courage, and power from the earth, from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young."         

-Author Unknown

I wish I had written the piece above. It has been one of my favorites since I found it in a long forgotten poetry book tucked away on a bookcase. It expresses my view of life about as well as anything I've read or written. I like to re-post this on my birthday and this year will be no exception. Don't fret over one more year, you can't stop it. Take what you have available in your tool kit and forge a new day filled with compassion and concern, wonder and enlightenment. Don't backup or backdown. Come at it full throttle and full force. Live it like they were coming to take it back tomorrow. Most importantly stop the complaining and start complimenting. You'll be amazed at the results. Thank you all for your birthday wishes. Now get moving.

Raining Iguanas

Raining Iguanas

Turning doom and despair
Into life and love of it
Embrace change and chance
Hug a stranger- Smile uncontrollably
Let your thoughts sing you to sleep
Quietly, Happily, Contently
Know that spirit like water
Fuels and replenishes
Heart and Soul
True spirit overcomes fear and negativity
Not easily
Eventually it wears it down
Bit by Bit
Replacing each fear and worry with
Passion and Purpose
It strengthens resolve
Brings truth to
Individual existence
Steadfast, Straight, True
Be Bold, Be Happy, Be Brave
Forge ahead
Leave a trail - always leave a trail

John R. Greenwood