harold_maude's journal

Sunday morning

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# 38846

If you drop a pebble into the water, there is a splash or a plunk depending on how high you hold your hand above the water.
Then there are ripples, and any reflection from the sky or trees becomes distorted.

For a time, nothing looks right, but from the place your standing or sitting at you reconize why.

If the water has a chance to still and quiet, barring any wind, the reflection will, at some point regain the mirrored surface and the immages reflected will again look as they should.

But if you never let the pool rest, but kept dropping pebbles into the water, two things are likely to happen.

One, the pool will be in constant motion from the pebbles hitting the surface and making waves, distorting the reflection of the sky and trees.
Two, under the surface there will be a pile of pebbles that will begin to rise to the surface and after awhile if you kept dropping pebbles into the same spot, the pebble would break the surface and become a permanent disturbance to the mirrored surface.

After a while the pile of pebbles would become a place where insects could land and stop, and if you kept dropping pebbles into the pool there would come a time that the edges of the pool would be too limiting for the water.

Now water is an interesting thing.
It's one of those unique things in nature that can assume many forms depending on the conditions in which it exists.
What it's made up of, one atom of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen stays the same.
But the conditions that it comes in contact with changes how it looks.

Liquid. Vapor. Ice and it's various forms, that is snow, frost, or chunk.

All this condsideration for a simple thing. Something that attracts a child more than an adult.
The fascination with water, the pebbles and what happens.
Somewhere along the line the pool changes.

Adults drive through them on the street, walk around them in parking lots so as not to get their feet wet, and build colverts so that the water can go somewhere other than just stand there and be in the way of what they are building.
In summer, pools of standing water are places where mesquetos lay their eggs and those pesky bugs that drive most of us crazy are reason enough to pour oil of somekind into the pool.
It kills the larva of the mesquetoes, and makes going outside more pleasant.

To a child though, the pool of water is something entirely different. It's got something to offer.
A whole world of things.
It becomes a lake for bugs to take a holiday at.
It becomes the place where you can take a flying leap into just to watch the water spray.
And depending on how hard you jump, you can make the water go pretty high.
Children are delighted by this.
They jump from pool to pool as hard as they can, and if there are many pools they can resemble frogs in clothes lost in the sheer enjoyment of making the water fly.

Even when a pool gets oil on it's surface something happens that can make a child stop. It's the rainbow thing.
Something that happens to look like the pictures I've seen of the nebulas and star clusters that we'ver only relativly reciently have begun to see pictures of.

I remember watching oil slicks on water for hours. It was like looking at a bubble that was flattened out.
I loved the colors and how they swirled and curved and the longer I watched the more beautiful it became.
I didn't know at the time why it did what it did, or anything about light waves, or how light when it hits the surface of something will reflect back one or two colors because of the molectular density of what I was looking at.

It was just this magical thing. The same with frost. Both on the trees and on glass.
Cool stuff. You could press your fingers against a glass covered in frost and leave your hand there. Or at least the print of your hand.
It was cold, but it didn't take long for the warmth of your hand to melt the frost and then after pulling my hand away, I would get close and inspect the lines, what I could see of them, and ponder with amazement that that's what my hand looked like.

I spent long hours lost in those kinds of things.

It seems now though, that the choas of nessity has taken much from me, those things included.
It's not that I don't want to get down close to a pool of water that I see and dream as I watch the reflection and see the little bugs walking along the edges trying to find the end so they can keep going, but I haven't been able to.
I miss that.

To not be so over loaded with requirements to be an adult in this life would be wonderful.
But that's what happened.

I still get time to do those things, but it's not near enough anymore to let the world and it's screaming fade to black so I can relax enough and clear my head enough to be content at the edge of a pool.

I've thought about my perfect world alot. A place where war dosen't take center stage.
A place where people haven't lost their humanity.
Except when something disasterous happens. Then there is all kinds of human things that go on. Some good, some not so good.

In my perfect world, there would be room for everyone to be who they were ment to be, and childhood, would last longer because the best parts of being a child would survive through out all of life.
The ablity to be amazed. The ablity to have adventures, the kind that don't involve a movie that stirs that stagnant sleeping pot of immagination that gets pushed to the side because the need to work so the bills and toys of adult hood can be fed.

In my world, it would be as easy to become robin hood as it is to put on a work uniform.
More so.

Bartering would be more important than money. Bartering involves the skills and talents that each person has.
It makes each person involved valuable.
And it takes away the nessity for money. It also has the power to shut out the greedy hand of the goverment poking into your labor stealing what it believes is it's share of your life.

This world we live in, it's all screwed up. Things are so backwards. Money is the most important thing.
And possition in a company or the family you belong to, meaning old money that has power attached to it means the most in this world.
And the jewels of childhood? Well, they get lost, distroyed, set aside for more adult persuits.

And we become swallowed up as we grow older, or up, or become "responsible" contributors to society. Good consumers.
Buy lots of stuff and die in debt. And pay your taxes like a good upstanding member who contributes to society should.

And it stinks. Really really bad.
It feels grimey, and gross, and alot like being stuffed into a very uncomfortable suit that makes you sweat like a pig and act like a rat fighting over crumbs of food.

Each year that I exist here on this planet, I see more and more children being stripped earlier and earlier of any semblance of childhood.
They are shoved, pushed, stuffed into the world of being a good greedy consumer.
The world of immagniation is crowed out. Children are told to grow up, act their age, to stop playing with this or that, and do their chores, or homework, and then handed controlers to video games or movies that do the imagination work for them.
They are carefully groomed to become box dwellers.
And they loose, and loose and loose.

The most important gifts of life, the ones that make bordom something that doesn't have a chance to take hold, are smashed, crushed and otherwise thrown out.

I've seen parents telling children as they sit down to create something that everything has to match, the colors have to be this way or that, and to hurry up because "we have to eat lunch because we have lots to do"
What the hell happened to parents sitting down with their children and getting as messy as the kids while making something wonderful, and doing something really novel like laughing and suddenly being amazed because it's fun?
And getting the chance to see how wonderful it is to just get lost in some story that a pool of water can tell?

I used to tell people I was an escapee from neverland. And they would laugh.
I thought about that last night. What I was actually saying.
And I thought why would I want to escape from the most wonderful place in the world?
Why would I in my right mind want to leave someplace where the world is as it should be?

I'm not an escapee from neverland, I'm one of it's residents.
I will always be a resident of neverland and fericely defend it's borders.
Because I love neverland. I love my immangination. It's powerful and well fed. And it makes for a great vaction that you never have to go anywhere or pay any money out to get there, it's as close as letting your thoughts wander.
Letting your thoughts get out of the city as it were, and take the path through the woods or fields and suddenly your wearing the clothes of neverland, what ever those might be.

Today maybe your a pirate on the highseas off to burry more treasure.
Or maybe your a fairy dancing from flower to flower, grabing hold of the tail of a dragonfly that takes you on some wild ride.

Maybe your a king wandering around in the woods of some forgotten part of the kingdom and you come upon a really odd tree that has gold leaves and you eat one and fall through a door that leads to somewhere else.

That's what neverland does to you. That's what it offers. But it's so much more.
It keeps you young. Inside where no frame of time can touch you.
No matter what your body is doing, neverland keeps time away.

That's what I realized last night. And I'm sorry I thought it was ok to say I was an escapee from neverland. It wasn't. But I was stupid and didn't understand.
But I do now.
I'm a resident of neverland, and my fondest wish is to infect every human I come incontact with the desire to return there.

So boys and girls of all ages, if your game, lets go wandering, and see where the day takes us, shall we?
There is adventure to be had, and wonderful and marvelous things to behold.
And all you have to do to get there is just believe and let go...
before you know it, you'll be there.

And the biggest surprise is, that you can go there anytime, anywhere you want to.
So what are you waiting for?

I'll see you there. Look up and you'll see me flying with peter and tink, dancing in the clouds playing king of the mountian...:)

Friday morning

# 38811

Last night we had a visit from one of our previous roommates.
He has been living for the past year on the west coast on and near the beach.
Him showing up explains why most of last week all I could think of was the ocean.
Preparation for his arrival.

All of what I've gone through in this last week, and realizing that my thoughts of the ocean were mearly letters being sent to me trying to tell me he was comming and that it was one of the things that I've been waiting on, tells me a few things I didn't know even last week.

It occurs to me that we get information all the time. We get gut feelings about things, we have dreams, the hairs on our arms and neck stand up, that kind of thing.
They are posted notes from the universe trying to talk to us.
That's what it me last night as we visited.

Posted notes.
All the time. Most of the time it would seem that we are too immersed in so much daily chaos that we miss what we're being told, and by the time we get it, our viewing space is literally plasted with posted notes.
We remember those notes in hind sight, and can see them for what they are when we think about the different things along the way, but the thing I think is to learn to reconize a posted note when you see one.

I find myself, after this little window popped open and it went see, and I went whoa, that what I went through is loaded with posted notes, now all I have is read them, and wait.

All of this reminds me of doing prep work for making a dish of somekind.
You get this recipie. It's for something you really want to eat.
You get the ingredients, and do the prep work and then you cook it and finally eat it.
A process.

The things of life, the changes, the experiences, the steps we take and the things we do, can be paralled to this process.

The drive of my life for a very long time has been to live out my purpose and be what I was ment to be (the dish I want to eat)

The experiences, learning tools, hard things, good things, loosing and gaining and then loosing things, looking at it, and trying to learn more, so I can keep going forward (the buying and prep and cooking the food)

And finally feeling more in tune having a clearer thought process and understanding and living out the end result (eating the food)

I'm not sure what the storm was really about, but I do know there is some really old painful things that need to be healed.
Things with my father, which I can only do part of because he has been gone for almost 10 years now.
The cleaning out and changing of things...and one thing that keeps happening, the one thing I have come to a brick wall about over and over.

I suspect that over time all the posted notes and what they say will come clear, and it will all make sense, even the feelings and the things I felt and how close I came to going over the edge.
I don't understand alot of it right now...but I'm sure I will, and it will be one big aha moment.

I was reminded of something I practiced for a very long time, and due to the circumstances of life was unable to practice it as easily.
It's this, that when you are given things, and have your hands clenched tight around those things you can't go forward, the way of recieving any more is stopped because your hands are already full.
Clutching tightly to what's in them.

It's only when our hands are open and stretched forward is there any possiblity to recieve more.
The giving away of what we've been given makes room for more.

I used to practice that alot. And then I slowly slowed down.
Last night I was reminded of that practice and the nessity of it.
So I did just that.
And already this morning I noticed the effect.
It's funny that I didn't have very long to wait for the results.

That's where things are this morning...

The morning after

# 38749

I just finished reading my previous journal entry, giving it some breathing space to see if I felt the same this morning after the bomb, so to speak, hit.
And yeah, the same view is present.

I thought about why I see things the way I do, and I keep comming to the same conclusion over and over.
My life, such as it is, keeps getting harder, stuffed deeper into a narrowing tunnel.
Things keep happening just in time to keep death at bay.
It's almost like what I get is just enough to keep me struggling harder and harder to the point where it is now.
If things keep going this way, it will be harder to live.
Due simply to the course of jobs dying out before there is even enough to make ends meet for any length of time.

The thoughts and my observing them, are on some other wave length. Nothing constricts them.
And my emotions are removed from those observations, in short they just come in, I see them and write about what I'm seeing.
Even the flow of them, is a process of unfolding.
Like someone is standing there showing me somthing and when I'm finished writing about that then the next thing is there.
I suppose it would be much like a reporter writing about an accident or an event.
The reporter is just there and their only connection to what they are seeing is based on them being there.

That's how my life and the overflow and all the thoughts and observations feel.
I can't find a better explaintion than this.

My life experiences and the things I've gone through that have given me the perspective I have are a different matter altogether.
And when I write about those it generally takes on a tone of what things are possible and what I've seen as the result of events or personal struggle.

I'm not sure there is any other way to look at all of this.
Maybe durring some sleep cycle I went somewhere and something happened that I don't remember, and that's why my head is on overload the way it is.
Maybe God decited that I should spend my life here as somekind of off the wall observer who's only means of communicating what their seeing is what I'm experiencing so that people who come along who need some missing puzzle peice so they can get further down the road would understand things in their life better, and it would take away some of the obsticles that they couldn't other wise get around.

What my experiences in life tell me is that I'm here for the sole purpose to help other people out.
My own desires, wishes, wants mean nothing.
If they did, I'm of a mind that the same things wouldn't keep happening to me the way they end up.
Something clicks into place, but it never lasts.
The only things that seem to last are the kinds of things that most people would look at and walk away from because of how bad or how worthless they ultimately are,
a job where everything you do get undercut because the manager is a control freak, and you don't get fired because you show up and keep trying to do your job.
A job where the insanity of the company is that the people in charge who are taking you and others who you work with have had no sleep for days and so puts you and everybody else in danger of being in some major life threatening accident.
And that job is never stopped or halted except by you.
A job where the hours you work push you beyond what's reasonable for human endurance and effectiveness, and it's never shut down or stopped until you are so exausted from the insanity of it all that you have two choices, either fall asleep at the wheel because you can't sleep anymore, or keep going and hope things get better.

And the stuff that keeps getting taken away are things you really enjoy, and find a nitch for and they don't run you through some over load physically or mentally.

Looking at this from a distance the conclusions I keep comming back to are the ones I've come up with...

I was going to edit my last entry, or delet it altogether, but it's still the same this morning.
And now on top of all of this, I'm fighting depression again.
I had a great and wonderful weekend, and I didn't get to enjoy it for several days because it got smashed to bits right after it happened.
The story of my life. Lost in reruns of the same same.

I really wonder if I'm not ment to be locked into some state of suffering because I'm a worthless human being that did lots of bad things, like being born into a very distructive and violent family, and now I'm having to spend the remainder of my life paying for being a bad human being...
this is hard to see any other way.
I can't find any other answers for why this keeps happening over and over.
I've tried looking at it from other places, but it all just ends up comming out the same.
And I'm to the point where I'm exausted beyond reason, but I see no change in the future, just a continueing routine of the same, only worse.

It's making it really hard to want to hang on to life, and not just check out.
Really hard.

I just finished reading a letter from my daughter. It was full of wonderful things.
I was happy for her, and her brother. And for their father.
He has this wonderful life.
I realize that none of this wonderful would have occured had I stayed.

When I left I never asked for anything. People told me I was crazy. But my thinking and belief on the subject was why should I?
I relinquished all rights to any property, and everything else for that matter. I felt like those things were never mine in anyway shape or form.
In fact, my view at the time was this: I felt like I should be paying him to live in his house.

So I left with my clothes, 3 blankets and a couple of pans some food that would help and about 600 dollars in my pocket that I had saved.

My life now, as it is, has been a lesson in learning that no matter how hard I try, no matter what I do to make a difference it's a moot point.
Anything good that I've said or thought, I believe has come from somewhere other than me.
I can't take credit for anything other than my screw ups.
And the decision I make on several occasions not to become a raging drunk.

The things of wisdom that I have written down have been like birds that have flown in some window in my head and I thought they were pretty cool so I just reported what I was seeing, I think that's why my head is on overload. The window is open 24/7 like a convinence store that stays open all year.

They come from somewhere else, and for what ever reason, I'm just bright enough to write about them.

If they did belong to me, generated from some brilliant hole in my head I think I would know it.
It would feel different when I would see them in my head.

So I've come to this conclusion, I'm dust in waiting.
That's all. That's it.
Bottom line.
I'm very sure there will be arguments to the contrary. But please if there are, kindly say nothing.
There is no point in trying to see what I can see from any other perspective.
The good things that do come arn't for me. I don't get to enjoy them, they are for other people.
I'm just a box, with a lid that someone comes and fills with stuff till it overflows.

I do know this, that who ever is filling the box with the good stuff is very very wise and very smart.
And if your amazed by anything, be amazed by this, that there is someone who would consider putting those things in this box so that they could be said.

I am convinced, by the course of my life, that this is right.
I'm only dust in waiting...that's all.

A perfect day

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# 38690

Today has been brillant. Not so much in the weather, although the sun is blazing away in a sea of saphire, but the little things, one by one, and the sheer enjoyment that each thing brought with it.
Maybe I just got to see the world for a little while from a clear place.

It started last night. We had our first social gathering, ie. a fire in over a year.
People actually showed up.
The fire itself was this mountian of brush, branches and peices of furniture that needed to be put out of their misery.
Inspite of being sprayed with water, it took off and made this amazing roar of yellow white light.
Every thing around it was soaked with water as well because with the wind that was blowing it could have ignited a couple of buildings and set a good portion of the farm on fire.
It was magnificant.

As it got later into the evening, and no one had come yet, I began to think, here we go again.
No one is going to come. There will be the same round of reasons as to why they couldn't come, and even though those of us who live here will have a great time, it will be missing the company of people who would add to how good it can be.

Then about 11:30 they started rolling in.
I'm glad I was wrong about people not showing up. The people who did come were the perfect blend of individuals.
It reminded me of sitting down to a really awesome dinner.

Since some of the people who came are familiar with my art, the question of new work came up.
I brought some peices I've been working on, transitional mostly, going from watercolor alone to watercolor bases with pen and ink over it.
One of the guys found a peice that he fell in love with, which always makes me happy.
And he asked how much I wanted for it, I hate that part.
I find the idea of someone asking me for a price on something I got to participate in because I generally have no idea.
Art is like breathing for me.
How can you put a price tag on breathing?

I asked him to make me an offer I can't refuse. I love approaching things that way because it gives a person a chance to tell me by what they offer me it's value to them.
But I find that most people have trouble dealing with buying things that way, due to they normally don't have to think about the value of something they want.

But me being me and the idea of throwing out the box going 70 miles down the freeway, which from my perspective is what is really going on when you ask someone to make you an offer you can't refuse, is delicious.

So we talk abit about it, and I decide on 40 dollars.
Then he hands me a 50, and tells me it's worth alot more, but that's all he had with him.
That was extrodinary. The idea that someone would feel that way and be willing with out fussing and complaining about the price of something, is what made it extrodinary for me.

Earlier in the day I had just finished spending almost all the change I had left to buy gas with and was wondering if my final check had come in early because of the holiday on monday, and knowing I would be driving on monday, wondering if the amount of gas I bought would be enough til tuesday when the banks would be open and then there would be enough to fill the gas tank.

Now to understand the whole picture fully, what I consider of great value in terms of material things no one else seems to share my view.
I have nothing that I can pawn off if the need arises.
And it was at that point yesterday that it would have been great to be able to go to the pawn shop and get enough money to at least put the tank at half full.
But there was nothing.
Then the painting sold. 50 bucks. I filled the gas tank and even got to buy toilet paper which we were completely out of and food too!
Everything I put into my cart at the grocery store was wonderful.
To not have to count change and know that there was enough.
What a gift.

What makes it even better is this, the check did come, but almost all of the money is earmarked for something.
There is just enough in the check for some very basic things.
And since I'm jobless again, the food money is a very small part of that check.

Needless to say, tonight I'm making burgers with cheese, and we're having grapes for desert.
They are going to taste beyond amazing.
And when dinner is done, we'll just hang out until the stars come out and then we'll go outside and enjoy the night sky, and ponder deep things and ask questions and dream.

It's been a perfect day. Actually a perfect weekend. A long time comming. But well worth waiting for. :)

Fall is comming, just don't close your eyes, you might miss it

# 38596

This morning I noticed that some of the trees here are starting to show signs that summer is about to vacate the premises and the brief days of fall will be here.

I love fall. The color that drenches trees and dots the landscape with more yellows and browns as the crops get ready for harvest.
It's never long enough for me.
The birds who spend their summer here will be off to somewhere else, and I will miss them too.
Soon the berries and apples will ripen and that tangy delicious smell of woodsmoke drifting in from somewhere will fill the air.

Besides the color that explodes in Autumn, the season brings with it other wonderful stuff, warm sweaters and it's cool enough to start baking and making cider and other mulled drinks, and besides it makes a great excuse to curl up under warm blankets.
The star gazing should be awesome too.
And it seems that when you have fires in the fall their more cozy as well.
The bugs will die down, so less fighting with mesquetos.
Long walks through the woods, and the deer will be wandering through the feilds too.

We'll have more rain as well, and I'll pull out my oversized slippers that resemble Ernies' shoes (Ernie from Sesame street) and I'll put them on, and my feet will be comfy.

Before I can think about it and enjoy it to my hearts content, it will be gone.
That's the only thing I don't like about it.
Sometimes it reminds me of a really great kiss that happens and I wish it would go on for a long time, but it dosen't and all I can do is wait for another one to happen.

I'd love to find one of thoes waterballs that used to be very common, but now they are more expensive and harder to find, one that has little leaves and a forest that one could get lost in but never feel lost while they are there.
On top of all of this, when fall comes and passes into winter another year of my life will have ended.

It used to be that when September came I was over joyed and excited all the time.
It repersented the door opening to the best time of the year for me.
The season of leaves changing color, wood smoke, halloween and my birthday.
All in just a few months.

Things change as life happens. Somewhere along the line I grew to hate my birthday, and it had nothing to do with the changing numbers, but more to do with how alone I felt when it came.
It didn't really seem to matter to alot of people when it came.
It finally got to the point where I dreaded it's arrival.
I'd get out of the house and stay out as long as I could just to avoid any phone calls that might come along.
Now I just don't tell people what day my birthday is.
I just let it pass in peace, and try not to think about what it could be.
I still get the phone call from one of my sisters, and a card from my mother.
The other half of me doesn't really take notice of it, and I don't remind him.

It will come with Autumn, and it will fade into the shadows and still of winter. And I'll try not to think about it.
I'll just love the color that comes for the time it's here and when it turns to brown and then the shades of cold, I will wish it had stayed longer.
I would glady trade most of summer for a long slow Autumn.
Oh say about 6 or 8 months worth would be just fine.

But that place doesn't exist except maybe in one of those waterglobes....

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