Sunday, July 05, 2009

How Do You Wake Up?

Do you wake up excited, ready to embrace the day with a vengeance? Maybe you’re someone who wakes up with a list you made the night before of errands and chores that need to be accomplished before your workweek begins. For many of you, I’m sure you wake up needing that ‘cup of joe’ (caffeine explosion) to bring you back to life (especially if you were up late burning the midnight oil, in other words, partying the night away – and you know who you are – LOL).

It really isn’t about how you wake up (although happy and full of life is the best way), it’s that you woke up at all (LOL). Seriously, it’s what you do in that first hour of your daily rebirth that sets the tone for the remainder of your day. If that means getting in the shower first thing, having coffee, calling a friend, going to the bathroom, reading a newspaper, feeding a pet, doing a crossword, etc., then do it if it’s going to get you rolling in the right direction.

However, the best way to start any day is by feeding the body first. I’m not talking about food. That can come later. I’m talking about stretching and hydrating. Stretching in the morning (especially if you’ve got old bones like me – LOL) can do great things for your back and shoulders, helping to remove tightness, which can leave you achy and tired throughout the day. A few glasses of water will help hydrate your body making you more alert, bringing clarity and a fresher outlook, thus helping you make better decisions and keeping your attitude in check. Having caffeine first thing in the morning can interfere with your hydration levels, causing an imbalance, giving you a false start and an inconsistent day.

Like many, I have my challenges too, but more often than not I wake up ready to embrace the day because I respect my body and listen to what it has to say. It thanks me when I treat it well. It respects me, and I respect it.

Today is Sunday, and it’s MY day! Sundays and me are simpatico. It’s my favorite day because I make it all about who? … ME! Some may think I make everyday about me (LOL), and why not? If you can do things for others and the world at large and still make the day about you… Go for it! That is easier said than done. However, each one of us must take at least one day out of the week and make it about us, thus Sundays being my day.

This Sunday was one of the best I’ve had in a long time because I slept in a bit. After, I stretched and got myself hydrated. I did a little reading, finally finishing Building The Frick Collection from the Frick Museum. Shortly after, I grabbed a pair of garden shears and cut all the flowers from my window boxes, made small bouquets of flowers and placed them throughout my home. For a brief moment it was hard to think about cutting the flowers because they look so beautiful in the window, but they will grow back and seeing that rich color indoors is even sweeter.

What really got my day off to a great start is an email I received. Here is an excerpt…

“Were I living in or near Baltimore I would enjoy dining with you knowing that our conversations would stimulate our minds. Schopenhauer is onto something here: ‘All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident’ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860). Bujold offers what you say in another way: ‘Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins’ – Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999. Finally I learned somewhere that people fear love the most because it costs the most. The honesty, loyalty and respect you seek can only be found among those who are honest, loyal, and respectful to their real self - the majority of people (men & women) in our US culture hardly know who that person is at his/her most fundamental level, that of being and/or spirit.” - Tim (SD)

To the writer, thank you for you have inspired me with your words and the words of others.

Dear Reader, I hope you woke up to a wonderful cool sunny summer day. I hope you stretched, hydrated and put your mind on the right path, remembering not to do it one day, but everyday. All of us deserve that much, especially in today’s troubled world.

Now I am off to the Baltimore Museum Of Art, where I’ll enjoy beautiful art and a glass of champagne at Gertrude’s. Everyone enjoy your day. Remember to wake up smart on Monday. – paerki

(The pictures in this post are of my window box flowers… now my indoor flower bouquets.)

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.

Homeland

Preserve Your Happiness (Aug 13, 2013): This is for you, because you need to hear these words again. Live life happy. Find your joy. Now more than ever, it’s time for people to reconnect with their inner self. Find your happy place, rejuvenating the total you – mind, body, soul and spirit. It’s a mandate... Continue Reading

Baltimore City (Maryland)

World AIDS Day (Dec 1, 2013): Many scientific advances have been made in HIV/AIDS treatment. There are laws to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, there are still individuals who do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and... Continue Reading

Evergreen Museum & Library

Thank You For So Much Beauty (Mar 15, 2010): Do you realize how much beauty you bring to the world? Do you know how awesome you are? Really?! Do you?! I am in awe of your work. I love your use of rich and vibrant colors, some even electric. The faces are what really capture my attention; they are delicate... Continue Reading

Baltimore Book Festival

A Culture Of Hate (Jan 9, 2011): Weekends fly by so quickly, or so it appears. However, this particular weekend seemed unusually long, and I think it had something to do with the gruesome events that took place on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. I am shocked by the horror that unfolded, a young man throwing his entire... Continue Reading

Station North Arts District

A 'Seagull' Of Memories (Mar 7, 2010): When I see gulls (known to many as seagulls), I think of the shoreline. I have wonderful childhood memories of playing in the sand in Ocean City; building sand castles, and coming back later in the day to watch the waves crash into my creativity, only to go back the next day to... Continue Reading

H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

God Worthy (Jan 15, 2013): This is your religion. Believe what I say. Ask no questions. So many were raised this way. Our heads were filled with a mishmash of information, controlling minds and for what? I would have appreciated learning more about all faiths, instead of being told – this is bad, and this bad, etc., but... Continue Reading
I love photographs! They have this amazing ability to tell stories of fun places, special moments, memorable events, and exciting places. They give us reason to pause and remember friends, family, coworkers and so many others. One photograph can conjure up a flood of memories taking us on a journey. They help us remember the past, enjoy the present and ponder the future.

On a cold and rainy day I love sitting in my living room with a roaring fire, a glass of wine, classical music playing in the background and my many photographs scattered about me. I love sifting through what I call my special collection, which refers to my favorites. They remind me of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. They remind me of challenges and overcoming.

My large collection of images are a testament to a life lived. Life happens all around us so it’s important to collect special memories, and what better way than with a photograph.

Edith Ann

Mind Body Green (Feb 6, 2014): To the haters, I feel so sad for you – mournful for your lack of empathy and understanding. No one is shoving anything down your throat. This is reality. What's wrong with this photo? This is life! For every photo shown of gay people kissing, there are millions and millions... Continue Reading

Peabody Institute

What Makes A Good Year (Dec 18, 2013): It’s that time of year when I take long walks alone to contemplate the past year. I guess you could say it’s my time to atone. What a year it has been! As I write this I’m wondering what makes a good year? I’ve never asked myself that question before... Continue Reading

Sherwood Gardens

Mural - Mural On The Wall (Mar 14, 2011): All are beautiful in my eyes, as they are striking masterpieces that enhance many communities, especially those challenged by poverty and abandonment. They fill in the gaps for neighborhoods lacking funding and manpower, providing just a bit of hope when... Continue Reading

Browns Orchards

The Human Condition (Jul 17, 2012): Words that are sufficiently crafted can leave a lasting impact on the world. It is good to keep in mind those words that will better help tell our story, ones that will represent us well for years to come. We must be clear in our purpose, concise in our action... Continue Reading

Patterson Park

Selfie (Jan 19, 2014): I was asked the following question by one of my Facebook friends… "I have to ask you this Paul, do you have a personal photographer who is with you constantly?" This question is worthy of a blog post, so here it goes. Enjoy! Good question, and one I am asked often enough and don't mind answering... Continue Reading

Charles Village Festival

Yielding To Signs (Mar 28, 2011): Sunday was the perfect day to be outdoors. The sky was a bright baby blue and absolutely stunning to look at, especially when it became the backdrop for seagulls and blackbirds, effortlessly soaring and plummeting in between wind gusts. It was magical, a hypnotic visual sensation... Continue Reading
There are many people in the world affected by disease. I never thought I would be one of the many. However, at any given time life can change. Mine did! There were many twists and turns, but I made it through and you can too. I am a Celiac on the move living life one meal at a time. Learn more about my life as a Celiac. Celiac Disease is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. In short, I have an allergy to gluten, and the treatment is a lifelong scrupulous avoidance of it.

No matter what, know this: You are never alone. There are people out there who’ve struggled, endured, made it through and are sharing their message of survival. No, they might not be at your side, but their spirit is out there in words, attempting to help others on their journey. Let’s all unite by sharing our individual stories, remedies for healthy living, food and recipes to keep us strong, and let’s find the laughter too because it can be some of the best medicine. Always remember, there is power in numbers. Check me out: A Celiac On The Move

Stony Run Trail

Thank You (Nov 3, 2013): It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In the background while standing waiting for a bus (as well as on the bus), and at the grocery store, I hear peoples’ musings about how they will spend their holiday. While many are frantically digesting... Continue Reading

Holi

You Are Beautiful! (Jul 17, 2013): I wish you could look into the mirror and see beyond your face, way past the surface to see more. More than what the world sees, more than what your friends see, more than I or even you can see. Forget what everything around you tells you to be. Be who... Continue Reading

Alpaca / Lama Farm

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Oct 17, 2011): The weekend has now faded into the past. However, this was one of its highlights. Art is to be found everywhere. When I look at these photos I think about all those involved with the creation of this magnificent structure – from the community (immigrate families)... Continue Reading

BMA (Sculpture Garden)

Bittersweet (Sept 7, 2013): I’ve been estranged from my parents for close to 20 years, but yesterday I learned my father passed away. I sincerely hope he found joy in his advanced years – more importantly, peace. For those who mourn his passing, focus on the memories and the joy he brought to... Continue Reading

Jones Falls Trail

City Of The Silent (Mar 18, 2010): Underground in permanent stasis they speak no more. Many have departed this life, leaving behind a legacy for all to enjoy, cherish, honor and, with a little luck and ingenuity, replicate. For me, this quiet region of slumber still has a pulse, and you can feel it when you walk these... Continue Reading

Country Drive

A Happy Life Begins At Home (Apr 19, 2010): My home is very important to me. My life between these four walls of privacy I value like no other. It’s immeasurable, and absolutely priceless. It’s an oasis with a cocoon-like feeling, shielding me from the outside manipulative forces of violence and pollution. It allows... Continue Reading
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

  © Blogger templates The Professional Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008 - Enhanced and Redesigned by PAERKI

Back to TOP