A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush

My journey continues to take me to places where I can move forward and continue to grow spiritually or once again, get lost in the weeds. Sometimes the little ankle biters are my nemesis. It is a matter of stopping the down spiral, and remembering to breathe and rewind to start my day over again.

I am endeavoring to relocate to central Virginia (most specifically Louisa, Virginia) but am finding that securing full time meaningful employment an increasingly difficult challenge. Lots of part time offers have come my way, but not so much with full time gigs. It is a sign of the times in 2017. I am truly saddened to see how our current Congress is not interested in the common working class community. As I am 63 I have to be concerned about making sure that I have some type of health insurance without going bankrupt. Some of my trouble in securing a full time job is age discrimination. I can’t give concrete facts but I do now that the corporate trend is to go cheap and hire the 20 yr old versus the experienced older applicant. I have learned that it is useless to get into that mindset. My words of encouragement to those in similar situations is to never doubt your abilities and and con, and to never lose hope and faith regardless of what corporate America thinks of you.

I am recovering from an ankle sprain which as derailed my fitness program. a lot of the work we do at Native Barre involves working the soft tissues in the ankle area pretty hard. The lesson here for me is patience, patience and of course, more patience.

One of the theme words for this issue is dance. I will confess to doing a little dancing at the Tedeschi/Trucks Band concert I recently attended. It was absolutely fantastic, however it poured buckets of rain as soon as the music started.There were two bands on before the main act would come on. Driving to the venue, I even considered upgrading my ticket from a lawn seat to one in the pavilion. Silly me, I was in the rain, rain go away mode and held on to my lawn ticket. And to add to this, I forgot to bring the nice big umbrella a dear friend had lent me. Oh well, the show must go on. When the Tedeschi/Trucks Band came on it was really raining. During the song “Midnight in Harlem“, I thought of the scene from “The Shawshank Redemption” where Tim Robbins’ character does a little dance in a pouring rain storm with arms outstretched to the heavens and face looking upwards. And, yes, folks, I had my recently purchased poncho (OMG so overpriced) on and was reliving that scene from the movie. Please give a listen to this fabulous band. If you love blues, horns and incredible slide guitar work with powerful vocals , this band is the bomb. This is my dance and my memo to self, LIFE IS GOODENJOY THE DANCE!

It is so easy to fall into a negative trap and view the world with these type of blinders on. This seems to be the world we live in. Some of it is the power of choice. And, I don’t mean to put the rose colored glasses on and have the Pollyanna frame of my mind. It is more about being realistic. The key is in the power of choice. I can choose to walk under the black cloud and say that life sucks or be grateful for all the ordinary blessings I do have. Believe me, there are days when it is a real struggle to maintain a positive outlook and not get really stuck in a rut. One of the recently learned ideas is that when I get in a negative death spiral, I stop, breathe, and think about what is in front of me in the present moment. Things like clouds, the texture of a fence boards, watching how the wind blows through the trees, and the vividness of the colors of nature. It is remembering to enjoy the gifts of Mother Nature such as wine berries, black raspberries and fresh homegrown tomatoes. Nothing is better than a fresh tomato sandwich. It is these small miracles that bring me back to the dance of life.

Keeping the faith each day, believing the small miracles and just being present in the moment to enjoy the deliciousness of life is all that really matters,

To all of you out there and across the universe, thank you for stopping in and I truly appreciate your uniqueness. I am grateful that you have blessed me with your presence. Be here now, be well, be happy and enjoy the ride. It is truly an awesome experience. Namaste to all out there in cyber land. Life is a real celebration.

About author

This article was written by Bob Rush

Hey gang! I am just a fellow traveler along this journey we like to call life. I am currently in a second career of sorts. Working my passion which is horses. Mostly I am truly into doing bodywork or massage. I feel its the least we can do to such trusting majestic beings. Its my spirituality that gets a boost from their simple but elegant energy. I hope I can share funny moments, aha moments and just insights to make the journey peaceful, fun and of course, full of magic.


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