Amazing things come in fours or a quartet. Barbershop Quartets make great music. So do the Beatles and a bunch of other four-piece bands. Four people usually anchor your news programs at night. I grew up in a family with four people. In “Sex In The City” we saw a quartet of women light up the screen with friendship and a lot of glam. Four basketball teams are left in the college basketball tournament. There is something interesting about the number four or a quartet that makes things just even, just square.
When something is something we are not familiar with it can be foreign to us. Countries not our own are foreign to us. It’s when we open our hearts and minds that things and places that are foreign become things we know. It takes courage to go from foreign to familiar. To known from unknown. Having a open mind and open heart can break down barriers and take you to that place where everything around you is known and even loved.
My friends, life is messy. Every facet of existence is going to challenge us as we go through some mud. Relationships are not for the feint of heart. Our friendships will test us and even come and go. The muck and the mud is where we find ourselves most often dealing with emotions that span the spectrum. We have things in our lives we aren’t proud of and very ashamed to admit. Good people go through bad things and that is a whole other discussion. Whatever you are going through, just keep going. You will get dirty and messy and it will hurt. Making something good means making a mess.
Everyone needs an imagination to get through life. Without the power to dream and to contemplate the impossible life does not move forward. Our imagination can fuel the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Everyone needs and imagination in order for them to get through daily challenges where we need solutions. When we stop using our imagination we truly die inside. We are inspired and challenged when we imagine what can be done to make life better or to do something extraordinary. Don’t forget to use your imagination today for good, good people. As John Lennon once sang “Imagine All The People”
Being present means being in the here and now. For many, me included, the past might be a more comforting place but the stark reality of what is currently happening keeps me at attention for what is going on moment by moment. Many people depend on us being present so that we may accomplish the work that needs to be done. Our lives can be impacted by the present situations we find ourselves in some of our own making some out of our control. No matter what we have to be present to our own lives.
Sometimes one thing can lead to another. I broke a tooth recently and when my dentist took an x-ray of the messed up molar a tooth right next to it was discovered to have a cavity. I suppose I need to do a better job of taking care of my choppers/teeth. Cavities are expensive and painful. Too many of them would lead to something more extreme.