There's a Tropical Cyclone named Yasi bearing down on the land down under but it is on the other side of the world from a strong Winter storm that is marching east from the Midwest to the already besieged New York area.
Weather like Real Estate is all a matter of Location, Location, Location.
Who really wants to hear about a storm surge of six to ten feet a world away, when they are buried again under 19 inches of snow?
It's funny how a piano put on a sandbar in the middle of Biscayne Bay can make the news in Sweden, yet no one in Poughkeepsie is really interested unless they are a Tropical Meteorologist. Yet, even the average person in Poughkeepsie in the dead of winter will gladly dream of sipping Pina Coladas in a Piano Bar in the Florida Keys rather than having to deal with shoveling snow and driving on icy roads.
No one really worries about Australia unless Jimmy Buffett falls off of a stage there, otherwise it barely goes beep in the night. Just a radar screen on the Far Side of the World.
Jimmy from Sydney...
Weather like life is all relative and I am sure many of us have a few relatives we would like to jettison like a yesterday's newspapers. Uncles, cousins and possibly a sibling or two who drive us crazy or beg us to do favors for them in the early days of February. We put up with annoying relatives like we put up with bad weather, because in a few days it or he will be bothering someone else.
What is the weather in your head I wonder?
Do you dream of snow at midnight in Maine? Or do you dream of spring flowers in February? Do you dream of Spring training opening in Ft Myers or Frangipangis blooming in Hawaii? And, why would someone in Ft Myers dream of frangipangis in Hawaii when they will soon come alive and blossom in Florida?
But, how many people dream on what they don't have and how many people don't dream at all but are happy with what they got?
Watching the weather around the world takes us on trips of fantasy to far away places, far from our problems and far from the reality that we have made in our every day lives.
What can you say about people who sail in and our of our lives and then sail away looking for adventure rather than trying to tackle tomorrow and build a dream brick by brick into a castle of reality?
Actors love to act out being someone else. Writers love to write about other worlds where dreams really do come true the way they would wish them to be. Directors love to boss people around and Producers like to produce what writers have written. Producer Slash Directors need to go into therapy and stop trying to carry the world on their shoulders :) Bloggers blog like dreamers dream and all the world's a stage it seems sometimes, especially if your life is a reality show not of your making with no cancellation date in site except the one that leads to the pearly gates and even there I would imagine St. Peter is waiting for someone to save.
Find your passion the big guy says, but what if your passion is a collage of many things and many people? What if your passion is talking to the big guy in the sky or on the other end of your Android and do sheep really dream of electric sheep in the middle of the night or do they dream of snow falling at midnight in Maine?
I really can't say what your dream is or what the dream of your annoying relative is but I can say some people are luckier than they realize because they have people who enable their dreams even if their dreams are a never ending nightmare for someone else.
Hey, we all get stuck between a rock and a hard stone sometimes in life don't we? Personally, my advice would be if you see a gem you like... never let it go in the first place rather than having to settle on remembering how it sparkled until Alzheimer's sets in and the simplest stone in the forest may seem like an emerald in the rough. Just don't try and eat that emerald as it may go down with jagged edges.
There is an annoying saying... "Bloom where you are planted" which oddly is a bible quote from Corinthians not from a Hallmark Card writer. That is true sometimes, but some people keep aloe plants from Key West in water bottles and others keep mangroves from Miami in their bathtubs in Maine in the winter. We eat blackberries from Peru in January, yet we don't care what the weather is in Peru unless it is going to raise the price of our blackberries.
Some people sail away in search of adventure and others enjoy adventure in waking up and watching a fog settle onto the coast of California even if it's just another day at Pebble Beach for someone else.
So, my advice to you from the artists and dreamers in my life is as follows.
1. Find your passion and follow your dream. I didn't say stalk it, I said don't let it get away from you in the first place.
2. Write about what you know, you know it better than anyone else and someone, somewhere wants to read about it.
3. If you think you see a great place for a location shot, nervously while you think no one is looking make the little box with your hands and try to envision what it would really look like and find a scene to film there. Trust me this does work.
4. If you have a muse, send her beautiful presents and tell her you love her every day, in every way because she or he was a gift from a far away Greek God given to you to create something eternal that will make someone laugh or cry or do both in the same storyline.
5. If you can't sleep, wake up and watch the sunrise. It is a freebie often overlooked by sunset watchers at the end of Duval Street in Key West.
6. If you have a smile, pass it along. If you can't find a smile, act and put one on and then give it away and it becomes real.
7. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy :)
Watch a misty mauve moment turn into a brand new day and give thanks for your friends who pray for you and say a prayer for someone you love.
Love never fails when it is based on goodness and kindness and not greed or evil. The opposite of evil is live, do unto others as you would wish them to do to you. I have known quite a few pranksters who laughed jokes off and yet when the joke was on them their sense of humor failed. Sad.
For a good little Jewish girl I know a lot of good bible quotes from both bibles. One of my favorite is this:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongdoing.
It does not delight in evil,
But rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, trusts, hopes, and preserves.
There is nothing love cannot face;
There is no limit to its faith, hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things that last forever:
Faith, hope, and love;
But the greatest of them all is love.
~1 Corinthians 13:4-7
A quote from my bible that is much loved is:
"Serve the Lord with Joy"
So, while watching the misty, mauve morning unfold into another gray day in winter a frangipangi and a poincianna blossom bloom in my heart and I will give thanks in joy to a new day, someone who prays for me and moments that will last forever in my soul.
A kiss may just be a kiss, but a hug lasts forever.
Ps Thanks for reading and indulging my rants and ramblings as sometimes my soul sings songs that only few can understand.
Links to laugh or cry by below:
Two Tickets to Paradise
Hit the Road Jack...
Holding Out For A Hero
Friends (Thank God for True Friends who are my Heroes)
(so sorry if you thought i was going to sing on buttercups and blue birds you got a lot to learn about the real me)