Appreciation

I do my best to appreciate everything in all manifestations, be it celebratory or challenging.  When times are good, it is easy to appreciate.  But when situations become fatigued or even futile, it becomes a much more difficult task to embrace and appreciate.  But simply having that ability to choose how I act and react in those tough times is a valuable tool.

I say I have the ability to choose, and I believe I do, but I don’t always think about that when it comes time to make a choice.  It’s like I completely forget that I control myself.  That requires discipline.  I need diligence.  Sometimes those times come, and I forget to choose a more composed path, giving in to the stubborn, childlike voice in my head.  It’s easier than being disciplined.  And the inner child in me feeds on those roller coasters of emotion.

Reacting calmly and carefully to another person’s anxious and aggressive inner child is indeed a challenge, especially when in my mind it seems so obvious to not let your emotions get a hold of you.  I wish I could practice what I preach.  Here I am, saying ‘don’t let your emotions get a grip on your ability to choose how to react’, but yet I can hardly profess strong proficiency in my own narrative.

Taking the time each day to appreciate what I have; to literally speak the words; say it out loud, realize all that is good is everything and everywhere, and all the challenging bits are just small things; mini bumps to try to throw me off center; these things will resonate with me deeply – more than any reactive outburst ever will.

Just appreciate, be thankful, enjoy, love, learn and live.

 

A Day of Perfection

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Pretty much perfect weather for a ride from Fukuoka to Tsunoshima, in western Yamaguchi prefecture.  I met up with Marty (real name withheld for privacy) in the Moji Port in the city of KitaKyushu on the northern tip of Kyushu.  Moji has some well-preserved historic buildings, remnants of a flourishing era of international trade since the late 19th century.

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Across the bridge that connects the main island of Honshu with the island of Kyushu.

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Up the coast of Yamaguchi on the Japan Sea side, north for about 60 kilometres until we reached the island of Tsunoshima.  We took some pictures before we crossed the bridge.

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Once across the bridge, it was a short ride to a look out point, where a tall lighthouse and some ice cream shops were located._MG_9701

We grabbed an ice cream, and decided to head a little further north to a small town called Nagato.  We stopped for lunch, recharged our batteries, and took off once again, heading back to Kyushu.

The rode we chose to get back to Shimonoseki was a twisting, curvy, exhilarating ride.  It was absent of many vehicles, so we claimed its curves for ourselves, and abandoned caution in favour of fun.  It was one of the best roads I have encountered on two wheels.  I have video of it which I will edit into a short film one of these busy days.

Back across the bridge to Kyushu, and it was mostly an expressway ride back to Fukuoka.  It was warm, still sunny, and not too crowded, being a weekday.

We made it back to the city by about 7pm, and felt completely satisfied with our ride.  A few drinks later, and we called it a day.

Perfect.

Sharing Laughs and Ideas

Geoff came from Kobe to visit for a couple of days while I had time and space to myself.  We had ambitious plans to create 4 different short videos for the brand he represents.  It involved a cafe, a dog, and a bag.  We had a complete shot list, ways of shooting, angles and locations all scoped out.  It was to be a project of considerable planning and cooperation.  We succeeded in getting one quarter of what we had arranged to do.

While that may not be considered a glowing success rate, what we shared in the process of success and failure was just as important, if not more.  We realized that despite the geographic distance between us, our philosophical distance was almost negligible.  We share many similar approaches to creation and organisation.  However, where we differ may be in how we react to situations and people.

We did a lot of cycling.  The weather was perfect: not oppressively humid, breezy, and sunny and not excessively hot.  We drank and ate perhaps a little excessively – but we good food.  Watermelons, pineapples, apples, grapes, leafy greens, strawberries.  We did not limit ourselves.  We chose exactly what we wanted and proceeded to indulge.

Appreciating what we have in our lives; being happy in the moment; not stressing about the future; nor dwelling on the past; laughing; exploring…

These principles are foundational in the creation of a good life.  Best for me to remember  that….

 

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