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Living Dreams

My posts are infrequent but my thoughts are constant.  One of those thoughts that keep coming back to me hit me while I was running yesterday.  While running westward and watching the sun set below the Rocky mountains I realized how easy it truly is to live a happy and full life.  It all comes down to perspective, attitude and recognition of the perfect ordinary moments in our lives.

The simple words of Martin Luther King Jr. – “I have a dream” back in 1963 came to me and I thought of my dream.  The dream was grand, and the dream was perfect and the dream was simple and it went something like this:

“I have a dream that I can become the dad my children look up to. I have a dream that I can become the husband that loves and supports unconditionally. I have a dream that I can accept and learn from the experiences of my parents. I have a dream that I can become a best friend to my brother.  I have a dream that I can live with passion, honesty and integrity with everything I do.  I have a dream that I can love life, capture its wisdom, harness it, share it, learn from it and contribute to the lives of others.  I have a dream.”

I came across a tune other day that helped me to appreciate the fact that I am living my dreams.

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Looking Up and Seeing

I was walking downtown the other day between offices as I do at least two times every day.  This time was a little different.  I looked up.  I looked up and saw a mural painted on the side of the building.  It was huge – probably 20 -30 feet tall and just as wide.  The mural was nice but nothing breathtaking by any means.  What struck me was how I never noticed it before.  How long was this mural there?  How many times did I walk past and never even noticed it?  I continued walking to the office but with a strange grin on my face because at that moment I realised how tuned in I felt.  I was tuned in with my surroundings, my breathing, my feelings, friends etc. 

It was a perfect normal moment.

 Since that day, I walked the same street not only looking up but looking at people – looking at their faces and trying to see if our eyes would meet.  It’s an amazing little experiment I encourage anyone with the courage to try.  It’s a little weird at first because you quickly realise how you and many others never really look at the people.  On a 10 minute walk I probably passed by 50 people and out of that only one person looked at me in the face and our eyes met.  When it happened we both smiled.

 I am not suggesting go out there and stare people down as you walk the city streets (that will get you beat up) but take notice of the places and people you pass by.  There is a lot to experience, even in those seemingly ordinary moments :).

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