Originally posted on 3-21-11, this piece is a simple reminder that, amid the challenges and stressors of life, anything remains possible to those whose spirits remain strong and steady. Our outlook and perceptions of life affect our outcomes…stay positive, stay determined, and stay focused, and everything will be within reach. And above all, let’s strive to develop an awareness of ourselves; that journey will always bear fruit! Enjoy…and don’t forget to live today.
I could have climbed the highest
trudged up frozen mountains, relying
on hardened grit and steely determination.
I could have sailed the high seas,
adrift on those deep waters,
depending on courage and endurance.
We tend to say we ‘could have’, as if
we are already dead,
or as if we have no choice.
We tend to reference our dreams as random
images that only occur when our
eyes are closed, and
we tend to say no before we’ve even
Our ship sinks before it ever tastes
the thrill of the wind, and before it
has ever tasted the salt of the sea.
I say that I could have explored the depths
of dense jungles and remote lands,
which is true,
but I have explored the depths of my
I’ve trekked the high hills and low valleys
of my mind,
and swam with the wayward memories within
And what a journey that has been.
We could spend a lifetime staring
out of the window-
pondering how our lives could be,
or could have been,
wishing a life out of thin air,
and being disappointed when
our stunted efforts lead to mist and dust, but
most never strap on the boots and
ascend those frozen rocks.
Most never raise their sails high into
the unknown wind-
most never step foot into the thick tangle
of lost jungles,
and most fail to discover the uncharted
territory that lies just beneath our skin.
And our desires slowly slip away beneath
the regions that we’re unwilling to
those darkened corners that we’re afraid to
and we wonder.
having never known the true warmth of
I could have climbed the highest peaks,
but I know that I still can.
Until then, I find satisfaction knowing
that I’ve mastered the rapids of my own heart,
crossed the glades of my own soul,
and swam with the thoughts that linger
in my mind*
Have you ever seen a movie six thousand times, but only gotten half a whiff of the real depth of that movie after the most recent viewing? Case in point; I’ve seen Joe Versus the Volcano at least 30 times since 1990, but only recently came to understand the immense truths contained within it. The film was always on in the background, and I’d often half ass watched it without really seeing it for what it was. The realization and understanding came slowly; a little bit here, a little bit there, until one day I said “fuck it” and sat down and really watched the film again for the first time. I took it all in with a renewed sense of awareness, and a considerably open mind. I dissected it. Don’t get me wrong, I’d enjoyed the movie time and again previously, but I’d only just seen the surface of it. And in truth, I was sincerely blown away. For all of its cheese, the movie was an acutely effective, multi-layered glimpse into a man’s thirst for knowledge, meaning, purpose, and self discovery. Looking beyond some of the dated, clunky 90’s camp, it’s quite a deeply rendered portrait of the journey that we all endure in order to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish with our lives. It is a great little tale about overcoming obstacles, standing up for your beliefs, and never giving up. Who can’t relate to that, right? And if you’ve ever hated your job, the “I quit” scene below is a revelation.