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Essences of Creative Living

Creativity Begins

In my arms, I snuggled you,

In my arms, I breastfed you,

In my arms, I cuddled you,

In my arms, I thanked the Lord,

For a blessing has been born.

 

I gave you unconditional love to last,

I gave you guidance on your path,

I gave you my time, all that I had,

I gave you smiles when you were sad,

For a joy you had become, my child.

 

I released you to understand freedom,

I released you to grow in life’s education,

I released you to pursue your dreams,

I released you to seek your meaning of love,

For a proud parent, I’d become, my young adult.

 

As you grew in height, I grew in experience,

As you grew in friends, I grew in trust,

As you grew in thoughts, I grew in acceptance,

As you grew into me, I grew into my parent,

For all the gifts shared, I am thankful!

SGW

Each experience in the journey of living adds an essential contribution to being creative in life.  As days and even years pass, time has been filled and developed with opportunities, to imagine, and express an original thought that can grow in the cycle of sharing.  It’s astounding how creative some of the natural things are in life. Lately, I have had the opportunity to observe and reflect on the beginning of many of my creative adventures.  In my opinion, however viewed, my family has aided to the motivation of becoming the person I am.  Through love, laughter and tears, in my view, I have been one of those that have been fortunate to have a supportive family that strives to provide inspiration, encouragement, and joy.  They had and continue to guide me to follow my dreams, aided me with strength when I have fallen, and defended me to grow into the vision I believe.  Those gifts they shared came with unlimited rewards.  It was only the matter of taking responsibility, nurturing the gifts, and allowing them to be shared through me to others.  My creative inspiration comes from being grateful for truth, love, devotion and acceptance to grow from the heart.

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Labor Day

What is the "American Dream"?

To build on being creative, one must construct upon the history or should I say the traditional ideas, rules, and social patterns that are relevant, fulfilling and will provide development and productivity.  There must be continuous assessment and acceptance to change that which has become futile.  To continue what has a purpose for the best interest of others and change that which has become inadequate, hinders, or becomes an obstacle to the growth of our economy and the American workforce.

Today, I am celebrating, like so many, Labor Day.  It is more than a calendar date for fashion etiquette, end of the summer or just the first Monday of September.  In the late 19th century, it became a federal holiday that was established to observe and pay tribute, to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the American worker, the “workingmen’s holiday”.

Growing up, I had observed and listened to the various stories my parents and grandparents shared related to taking pride as a worker and being a part of the principles that it was honorable to labor, to work.  Even during difficult or hard times, they still seemed proactive to promote the fundamental dream, which anyone that worked hard and took pride and responsibility in their job could accomplish for their families, the “American Dream”, would become the backbone to achieve and provide for their children, a better future.

There is something to be said about history.  So many traditions, rules and social patterns continue without modification that have either out grown their purpose or may had only been a temporary fix, but continue to influence a perspective that may not be serving its purpose today and have become more of a hindrance to the growth of jobs and the economy.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was remembered by the working force, for his words, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Businessmen and Bankers did not view the President favorably.  President Roosevelt introduced The New Deal Program.  It was directed to bring back hope and encourage people to regain faith in themselves as the working force and the foundation of the “American Dream.”

Today, we face some of the same economic challenges of yesteryear, and have again witnessed the influence of bankers and the anger their actions and decisions can provoke in the labor force, so on this holiday, I want to recognize and give tribute to the working force that struggles against the deterioration of jobs, remains determined to provide for their families, and willing to take responsibility and voice the importance of why Labor Day was established.

Will not say “good-bye” to summer

Viewing the Season

Not today, I’m not going to think about summer is coming to an end.  I want to reflect on the moments shared with others and the laughs that have lifted my spirits.  Those warm days with a mild breeze, birds flying overhead and breathing in the freshness of grass cut.  The summer joys of gathering around the tantalizing aroma of the grill while it cooked my favorite meal and the taste of homemade ice cream.   Those strolls on the shore, after a day of play in the waves, feeling relaxed while waves softly wash my feet and there seemed to be magic in the air.  The serene evening of sitting on the screened porch while crickets are keeping temp as they play.  The travels and trips to see family and friends has been something to treasure from summer, also, the experiences have given me an optimistic hopefulness to writing and see things more creative.

So, I will not say “good-bye” to summer, but will welcome autumn and the joys of new experiences to be shared as I look forward to hikes, changing of the leaves, cozy-hoodie weather, bonfires, photographing color and whatever comes my way that can inspire and evolve creativity!

Seasons May Disappear in the Wind

Capture the sunrise; allow the newness to unfold,

Graciously accept the blessings with the setting sun.

Embrace the moment that was meant to be shared,

Each season is changing and disappears in the wind.

Dream with passion, for it can sparkle like the stars,

Guidance and strength; lean on the Guardian of Hope.

Rise to embrace, the challenges as they develop,

Find the gift embedded, rich like the red sky of night.

SGW

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