This photograph was taken on the road from Point Reyes National Park to San Rafael, CA.
Certain remnants of the past will always remain. Some lie deep within us. They represent a large part of how we came to be and who we are now. Learning experiences from the past provided us with valuable life lessons. Inherent beauty resides within those lessons, should we choose to see them that way. It’s up to each and every one of us to focus on these positive life lessons, in order to help us shed negative images.
Negative images, which are retained, are similar to an extremely large trash bag. Many refuse to give that trash bag up, keeping it stored deep inside, as if they were human trash barrels. As those who carry their trash bag age, not only does the trash bag grow, it also becomes heavier, and continues to fester, decay and rot. Our core inner beings and our true selves will never evolve toward true happiness until we reach deep within and take those stinky trash bags to the dumpster to let them go. We may not be able to rid ourselves of everything, but that’s OK. Huge relief comes immediately when we let the majority of it go, in the spirit of forgiveness. We must always remember that we are imperfect beings and accept our past as best as we humanly can.
I, myself, at one time, had what could be considered a large train hauling many a dumpster in car after car. Train cars continued to attach themselves to my train. It wasn’t easy to release that train and it took a considerable amount of time. When I finally let go, it was a result of several years of prayer and truly looking deep inside of myself. In addition, I tried my best to objectively put myself in the shoes of others, who I had felt wronged by. Once in I was firmly implanted in their shoes, I found a new understanding and sympathy for them as well. They too, had been carrying their own load of garbage, which was unknowingly passed on to me. The relief of finally letting go was tremendous, providing me with a new outlook on life in general. Oh, and by the way, every once in a while some of it tries to creep back in. The fact is that I won’t let it!
This picture can’t be perfectly duplicated, except for the technology of film developing and computer reproductions. Even then the reproductions and the picture itself will or could not be exactly the same. We watched, with a quick glance, as eye witnesses. Due to the complex and vast variables of nature, this landscape will be ever changing. The beauty of now lies within it – the one second that it took to snap my camera.
Staying in the now and appreciating a beautiful scene such as this is heartwarming, powerful and thought provoking. Each second, each minute, each hour and each day should be enjoyed for the precious beauty of now. The present is certainly a gift. When we allow our Creator’s will to guide us, without our own interruptions, we will be given the gifts that were meant for us to receive and/or observe. It’s merely a matter of recognizing them for what they are. What are they? Why, of course, they are our own unique talents, personalities and strengths. These divine gifts often contain additional life learning lessons, which are lovingly and freely given. Acceptance and gratitude for these gifts are the fundamental keys to life, love and happiness, or so I believe.
The mist is certainly mystical for it is hard to see what lies within it and beyond it. I see it as similar to the future. We can plan for the future and so we should. However, we should do it wisely and be prepared for change.
Since not a single one of us can claim to be God, we have no idea what exactly lies waiting for us in the future. Once we come to the realization that our plans will often take twists and turns, while battling big bumps in the road and hurdles, which are often hard to leap over; it’s easier to accept our future for whatever it may be. At this point we have relinquished not only our own control, but also our own personal future expectations.
Flexibility to adapt and readjust our plans accordingly can and will stave off stress, disappointment, and unrealistic expectations. I believe that expectations of future events come naturally to us – we want what we want when we want it! Mental images of how we think things should be are usually pure fiction. What will be will simply be. Perhaps we should all try to flow in our Creator’s mystical mist and accept the wonderful gifts of now!
This story is dedicated to my dear friend Doris. In the short time which I have known her, she has taught me many valuable life lessons. I will always be grateful to Doris for imparting her wisdom, intelligence, humor, spirituality, and most importantly her love and willingness to share her exceptional attributes and talents to those in need. If only I could put her mind in an endless bottle and pour it upon the world. I’d call it “Adose of Doris”!