Time, a Friend and an Enemy

Time a Friend and an Enemy

Time, a friend and an enemy. Each moment that passes just becomes a memory. Will we embrace time, or will we fight it?

What is time, why are we so governed by it? What is this cruel and unjust madness that sits in the background of our existence? And yet, if we never were we would have none.

Alas, when we lay our heads down in bed thoughts of days gone by and visions of days to come flood our minds. Questions of what and how we lived our days haunt us into making what is left better. Will we? Will it just be another failed resolution?

Is this life all we get? Is the current lifespan it? If so mankind has a warped sense of participation in life on planet earth. The current system of monetary dominance to get what we [think] we want all to arrive at what is deemed success is quite disturbing. How much time did we waste getting there? How many opportunities at a healthy emotional and spiritual reality did we squander to become void of heart and soul?

The clock continues, the seconds tick, minutes, hours, days and years pass. The sun rises and sets. The seasons come and go. Who is watching? Who is paying attention? To what honor do we owe for wasting any of it? Running full steam ahead to get to the end of the race to see our dreams unfold in a new reality, wanting that time back.

As the days come and days go, we run through life in a desperate attempt to stay ahead of the ticking clock. At the end of each day we all just seem to come up short, cheated once again. Time, a friend and an enemy. Each moment that passes just becomes a memory. Will we embrace time, or will we fight it?

As a friend, time is a gift. As an enemy, time merely eats away at our sanity.

Consider, is your definition of time a tool for success and wealth, or is time an offering, a chance if you will, to experience your true identity on a whole new level.

Peace,

MAD

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Know the Rest of the Story

Know the Rest of the Story

Know the Rest of the StoryPeople don’t bother to know the rest of the story. They don’t care about the details. The impact. The loss. The pain. The very reason why we are who we are. The reason we find ourselves in the places we are in and how we got there.

When we were young, much younger, teenagers at that, we often would sit together on the weekend and listen to Paul Harvey. Most kids at the time were still asleep, and, for all practical purposes, would not have bothered to sit in the quiet of the early morning, hands knotted together, leg over leg, to listen to Paul Harvey and just be together in the moment.

What a wonderful time it was. Not ever wanting to be apart, ever. We were content to just be together, there needn’t be an activity nor an event. We were happy just sitting there listening to a radio show about real stories, about life, about substance, about waiting for that one line, “and now you know the rest of the story, good day.”

That memory we both cherish so much has resonated with us throughout our marriage. We were both so young, so damaged, and yet together, we were free. We both brought our own baggage to the table and accepted each other openly. Everyone has a story, and those stories need to be heard.

Are you looking at the outward appearance of a man? If so, what do you see?

Are you looking at him with your eyes, your mind or your soul? Are you looking at him with your criticism, your arrogance, your religion and your ignorance?

Have you bothered to know him? Do you care about his story? Do you know where he came from and how he got there? Is he just filth attracting flies in your manicured life?

What would it be to you to reach out your hand and let him know you’re both human? Are you him in someone else’s eyes?

Is your G-d you?

Who grants authority? Who has the right of empowerment over men to enslave them in their own thinking?

This is nothing short of the marrow of man’s spiritual self, not religious self, spiritual self. What is real in a world full of illusion?

People don’t bother to know the rest of the story. They don’t care about the details. The impact. The loss. The pain. The very reason why we are who we are. The reason we find ourselves in the places we are in and how we got there.

How do you want to be treated? How do you want to be seen? We’re all involved in this thing called life, it is the fabric of time and energy. It is the essence of each soul. It is the emotional soup that we float in each day as we strive to open our minds to what was, what is and what will be.

Know the rest of the story and you will not only discover the reality of someone else’s life, but your own.

Peace,

MAD

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Walking with the Weather

Walking with the Weather

Walking with the Weather

Most of us take the weather for granted. We go about our lives, day in and day out, living out the normalcies we’ve created in our own personal circles of life. But, let’s face it, walking with the weather takes a bit more work than just seeing the seven day forecast.

Sure, we turn on the TV to watch our favorite weather personalities repeating┬áthe words scrolling on the teleprompter. We listen to the myriad of computer models generating┬ámultiple scenarios for the potential outcomes of the current week. And, as if on cue, the excuses begin before the event unfolds. And while the weather will always be unpredictable, few seem to admit that, unless they’re wrong.

Change the channel, get a different story. Honestly, it seems most weathercasters are just throwing darts hoping they’ll get it right, or at the very least, come close. We’re more humored by the excuses when they don’t than we are by being ill-prepared for inclement weather.

While it seems to be just a normal procedure anymore, allowing the computer to give you the outcome, there are details that get left out. There are human factors that get overlooked and there are certainly anomalies that a machine will never be able to understand that a truly gifted individual understands and is able to dissect, ponder and generate into an educated, [based on experience and insight] forecast.

Walking with the weather is not merely a “deal with it as it comes” event. As avid outdoor enthusiast we rely heavily on a trusted source when it comes to forecasting the weather. Not a seven day generic assumption either. We’re looking for details, hourly details at that, direction of the path of the weather, mountain weather anomalies, potential threats. We need to be prepared for what may, and most likely will, come our way when in the backcountry.

This is where we get off the train that takes you to Pleasantville, where the weather is a teleprompter of potentials for the bus stop. We need education, preparedness and understanding of the weather so we know what to look for before it happens, and so we are prepared for when it does happen.

Most of us take the weather for granted. We go about our lives, day in and day out, living out the normalcies we’ve created in our own personal circles of life. But, let’s face it, walking with the weather takes a bit more work than just seeing the seven day forecast.

So who is our choice in Colorado? Matt Makens and the Weather5280 team. This is no teleprompter for the bus stop, this is well-thought-out, educated meteorology that aims to [sure, give you an accurate forecast] but even more so, educate you to the threats at hand so you can be prepared in whatever scenario you find yourself in while walking with the weather. With this type of forecasting we know what to look for when we’re far from the trailhead and vulnerable. Being prepared is a safety net, being prepared is comfort, being prepared is just smart. Having a team of people keeping you in the know is priceless.

Peace,

MAD

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