Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Angela Lansbury and Life's Play

Whimsical banter. 

Introduction of characters (not sure of role attibrution yet but developing antagonists and protagonists). 

A vile murder. 

Discovering and disiphering of clues, riddles and conundrums. 

Eliminating suspects.  The "nail in the coffin" clue. 

Mystery solved. 

Whimsical banter. 

I just described every "Murder She Wrote" episode ever made. 

Its formulaic and episodic and was wildly popular in its day. Angela Lansbury's portrayal of Jessica Fletcher, the wonderfully likable Sherlock Holmes-esque character was equisite. The show worked because of its winning formula. It was predictable. People do crave predictability. 

But people also crave surprise, spontaneity and the occasional plot twist or curve ball. 

This is the balance of life. Combining predictable moments with spontaneous behaviors. 

In life (as in theater), we love to cheer for the protagonist and jeer for the antagonist. It's reassuring. The problem (or opportunity) though is that we can't always judge the book by its cover. A protagonist may wear the badge only because of perception. Same with the antagonist.  

Predictability.  Spontaneity.  Protagonists.  Antagonists. 

It's part of the script of life. It's what makes the world go around. 

It's why we applaud or boo. 

And. Scene. 







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Water's Fine

When you are about ready to swimming...whether it be a pool or a lake...do you wade a while and tip toe your way in or do you just jump? 

It seems to me that the shock to your body lasts longer if you tip toe in than rather just jump. 

Same holds true of pulling off the band-aid. It's gonna hurt more if you go slow. 

Nobody ever says "Hey...let's roll up our sleeves...and methodically move at snail's pace towards our next step in the excruciatingly long road to wherever we need to get to.  No!  They say "let's roll up our sleeves and get at it!" 

Whatever you tackle in life, plan on jumping right in. Don't tip-toe. There is never going to be the "perfect" time or situation that will be better than the present to make your move. Throughout history...most people didn't make a mistake by starting something too soon.  Most mistakes were made because of waiting too long. By tip-toeing into action. 

Don't get me wrong...I want my heart surgeon to take his time.  I want our President to take his time before he approves military action. I want the engineering community to take their time on developing the latest breakthrough in medical technology...but...those are the exceptions. 

Most things in life...you can jump right in.  

C'mon in! The water's fine. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Keep Some in the Tank

What's more important?  The start or the finish? 

I will argue...it's the finish. 

The lone exception is a sprint. But nothing in life is a sprint.

Now, I am not saying the start isn't important.  It's the foundation for the finish. It's just not AS important as the finish. 

A couple of real life examples...

My dad's life was turned upside down in his 50's. Divorce. Career change. Some real life challenges. But he settled into a nice groove for his last 30 years on this planet and died with very little regret. He was ready to go.  

Recently I met an older couple at a restaurant. I would guess they were in their 80's. They were at the table next to us. I could see they were holding each other's hands throughout dinner, laughing and just really enjoying each other's company. I went over and asked them "what the occasion was."  His response was "every day is an occasion with my lovely wife."  I asked them how long they had been together and their response was 31 years. They said it took them awhile but they finally found their soulmate. 

When I competed in triathlons and marathons, I had a rule; nobody passed me and I passed everyone I could see in the last mile. There was nothing more motivating than knowing I had more left in the tank and others had nothing left. 

I am a huge football fan. Bleed Packer green and Badger red.  It is much more important to be playing your best football towards the end of the season than it is at the beginning. 

Again, don't misinterpret...the beginning is important but make your finish the best it can be. 

At the end of the day...no regrets. And that happens because of the end. 

In the play of life...you want standing ovations at the end...not people leaving early. 

And. Scene. 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'M Batman!

First there was Adam West.  

Then Michael Keaton.  

And along came Val Kilmer.  

Enter George Clooney. 

Hello Christian Bale. 

And next...it's Ben Affleck. 

They've all uttered the words "I'am Batman" with varrying degrees of success. 

It's strange how the evolution of Batman on the big screen has become a symbol to me for how things cycle through in our lives over and over again.  

I think back to where I was during each interpretive Batman performance and I reallze that I have been here before...and I will be here again.  

Places have changed...but they are the same. 

People have changed...but they are the same. 

Strange to think about when you watch someone or something outside of you change and evolve through the years how it can make you self-reflect. 

I actually was Batman myself for one night.  Have to admit...it was pretty cool. 

Actually hated taking off the mask that night. 

Maybe, an encore performance is in order. 

What's that in the sky?  Kinda looks like a bat to me. 




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Connections Realized


We roam. 

We wander. 

We meander. 

Bumping into walls as we go. 

Aimlessly. 

Until...connections realized. 

Doesn't matter what your Myers-Briggs test says about you. Doesn't matter if you classify yourself as a loner. We all feel the need to connect. The connection touch point may seem inconsequential to some. It may seem insignificant to others. But to you, it as electric as a live wire. The actual connection may not last a long time but the affect can linger. 

Here's the thing...

You may not even realize it was a real connection until long after the fact but when you look in the rear view mirror...you see it for what it truly was. 20/20 baby. 20/20. 

Don't ever stop looking for them. Don't take them for granted. They are the lifeblood of who we are. 

It's the human version of connect the dots...with one exception; the picture is never complete. 





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Take Two...

5/21/10 

That's the date of my first published blog post. It was titled "Fork in the road decisions."  It seems like I wrote that a lifetime ago.  So much has changed since.  Some things clearer. Some things murkier. 
A lot makes sense. A lot doesn't. 

It seems life does come full circle and tends to repeat itself. 

As a matter of fact...anything that you put out in the atmosphere today...probably was there via you or your circles of influence yesterday. 

You see your life in others and other times. 

Been there done that...right? 

Not exactly. 

Things do come full circle and you see things today that you saw before but...

Your vantage point is different. 

Your skyline changes. 

Your blind spot changes. 

Your camera lens changes. 

You see if from another angle. 

You understand. You misinterpret. 

But...no matter what...

You keep moving forward. 

Say cheese! 



Monday, October 13, 2014

Back In The Saddle

January? 

That's over 10 months ago. Really??

That's the last time I sharpened the pencil (figuratively of course) and put my thoughts on virtual paper. 

That's way too long. 

Time to get back in the saddle again.

Some history...

I started my blog back in 2010 for personal reasons. There are two main "distractions" in my life that keep me centered. Working out and writing. I have kept up with the workouts (for the most part) but the writing has taken a back seat to other things (some good/some not).  It happens.  I could list the litany of excuses but that's all they are...excuses. 

It's ironic because my last post was about New Year's resolutions. I talked about setting goals for yourself, etc.  Practice what I preach much?  Apparently not.  

So even though this isn't a deep dive into my heart, mind and soul...it's a start. The first step is always the hardest.  

I will leave you (for now) with a thought...

In life, there are X amount of things that make us happy and X amount of things that don't. I would strongly suggest you don't let the former go because if you do for too long...you will be a shadow of your former self. True story. 

Ah....nothing like a little writer's cramp to get the kinks out!