There are times in life when you find yourself below deck waitin’ for the storm to pass — or maybe even hit —

And other times when you’re havin’ so much fun you don’t even notice you’re hangin’ from the mast by one finger —

and you haven’t a clue what’s next, nor do you care. 

As my time aboard this ship of life increases, I’m definitely wanting as much as I can get of the second state — the “glorious beauty of an appreciated now” as its been referred to by —

Oh, who knows —

But I am seriously thinking about this state and how to maintain it — right this minute.

And what comes to mind as a huge contributing factor to getting more time on the mast and less time hesitating below deck is the makeup of my shipmates. 

When I was in high school, I had a favorite phrase in a little book given to me by a very special person — my S.S. actually — and it was:

“I would not live without the love of my friends.”

Can’t tell you who gets tagged with this quote, nor do I care — right now.

But I can tell you that it stands today as the leading contributor to my appreciated now — through stormy seas or calm waters.  And to this I will add two words that I’ve found make all the difference.

I would not live without the love of my friends who amuse.

Being amused has got to be one of the greatest simple pleasures in life —

And this respect, I live in a virtual amusement park!

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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