Monthly Archives: February 2019

Simplicity

Simplicity

There is something to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, silly).  I don’t know why we humans want to make things more complicated than they are, but we do.  It seems to me that we would benefit significantly if we ‘simply’ got out of our own way…I remember years ago I attended a seminar and one of the presenters said, “life is basically empty and meaningless.”  For a minute, I was taken back by this comment, and then I thought more about the wisdom in those words.

Keep It Simple

It is so true…our lives have and hold only the meaning that we give to them.  And, the amazing thing is, we get to choose the definition that we give to the events in our lives.  So my friends, keep it simple.  Check in with your heart and get out of your head.  Put one foot in front of the other and step through your days with presence and intention and openness and passion and curiosity.  Consider simple over complicated…joy over angst…love over fear.  And no matter what, be grateful. Stay true and be you —

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By |2019-02-13T12:42:07+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Living In The Layers

Living In The Layers

Last week I made the trek to Elko, NV with a few of my pals. We attended the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. This was my second year of the experience…it was my friend’s thirteenth year of going. For me, the experience is inspiring, moving, simplistic, raw, and real. The performers and the attendees are as down to earth as people get. Authenticity runs like a river through their veins. The pace and the simplicity of days and the performances at the festival are refreshing and in many ways breathtaking. The best way I can describe the stories that are told through poem and song is that they invite us to live in the layers. To take the moments and the days and the years as they come…appreciating the beautiful markings they create along the way regardless of how painful or ugly the circumstances that created them might have been.

Reflection

On our long drive home I thought a lot about the lives of cowboys and ranchers and their families. I thought about their dedication to the land, their animals, and their lineage. These people truly live in the layers with courage and resolve and faith…they press through hard times and embrace good times. They remind me of where I came from and urged me to go back there even if it is only in memory alone. These five days in Elko tugged at my heartstrings giving rise to pride and honor for the life that I have lived

By |2019-02-06T14:06:38+00:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments