Ephemeral Art

 
This summer, people started building crazy cairns (rock piles that mark a trail) all along the bike trails in the mountain foothills above my home.

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At first they would simply gather rocks and stack them tall; then as months wore on, they grew more elaborate. I started adding sticks for arms and turning them into cairn men. Sometimes others would remove the sticks or knock over the piles, but someone else would always rebuild them.

RightNowCairnNow summer has passed, most of the leaves have dried up and dropped from the sky, and despite a long, gorgeous autumn, the snow can’t be too far away. I’ll still run the trails, but the cold won’t let me linger the way I’ve enjoyed for so many months.

Thanks to the change of seasons, every time I pass a cairn, I think about how ephemeral this world is – nothing is built to last. The only thing that will ever endure is the fleeting moment of “now,” and that truth ought to affect your perspective and priorities. Continue reading “Ephemeral Art”

Work is Good

Want something? GO GET IT!

How? Work, of course. There’s no other reliable way.

We’re often told that work is bad. True, it can be unpleasant. Yes, it can take time. Sure, even cleaning the bathroom suddenly sounds like fun when we’re about to get started on a daunting project, but the fact remains that WORK IS GOOD.

And it’s good for you! It accomplishes things and makes goals and dreams come true. It makes you strong and able to conquer any obstacle. The ability to set goals and achieve them even makes you more attractive and inspiring.

How can you learn to love work? The first step is to do some of it. Learn that even unpleasant tasks aren’t so bad once you get started, and finishing up feels fantastic.  Continue reading “Work is Good”