Watch “Night Show” on YouTube

So the last night after my sweetheart and I had enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, we decided to retire to the deck over looking the lake to sip on a nice Pinot Noir and watch the sunset.  As the evening developed it quickly became clear the Gods were not happy and so rather than give us a surreal and beautiful sunset they decided to give us a light show.  The video was just taken on my Samsung phone so sorry if the quality isn’t great.  It was really an amazing show that went on for hours.  If you go to my YouTube site (The Retiree Diary) I have a few more videos of the storm you can see. If you like what you see let me know and please share with your friends or on your Facebook page. Cheers!

I am Feeling Consta-Patient-ed – Are You?

Have you ever gone through a time in your life where you feel like your patience is constantly being put to the test almost to the point of breaking? I am not talking about the normal work week or life event that brings about some level of frustration but them quickly subsides as you move on to something else.  I am talking about a slow-moving, restricted and inhibited intolerance for delays and/or problems “without” becoming annoyed or anxious. If I could Google a definition or get a prognosis for this overwhelming feeling I believe it would come down to “Consta-Patience”. No matter how many times you bite your tongue, take a deep breath, sigh, or send a positive message to the universe it doesn’t help. There are days when it seems like (on the surface) that everyone is there just to annoy me and press the last nerve I have.  This is, of course, is not the case and often a well-timed knock on the side of the head can do wonders to snap me back into the present.

In life there will be lots of challenges that come our way and test our resolution.  They will stifle our ability to breath while drowning in a pit of “will you stop bugging me”?  In the not to distant past I had my many moments of silence seeking hope where I could take a moment to catch my breath.  I needed to take stock of what is important, focus on those things and the many gifts I have in my life that I am truly thankful for.  I have great kids, the love of an amazing woman, good health that has followed me into my early retirement, and recently a relocation to an oasis of outdoor beauty with opportunities to grow. These are the things I need to focus on and keep myself steady, all while taking deep breaths and remembering to “slow down” in a sort of smell the roses kind of way.  As the great American poet Jimmy Buffet says, “go fast enough to get there and slow enough to see”.