Compelled

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve been taking a bit of a break from most things internet related, except for learning about playing the guitar (and banjo,ukelele,dobro,etc) Not only have I been obsessed with guitar, and learning more about music, I feel like I’ve been learning a new language meeting lots of great people both young and old. I’m open to many kinds of music and find that when I listen to and/or play music not only does it open up a whole new form of communication, it is often very therapeutic. I’ve noticed that moods can change in an instant, smiles take the place of frowns, and when toes start tapping and bodies swaying we are making the best of that moment…and how cool is that?
Today I feel compelled to take a break from my internet sabbatical and begin to share whats going on. Sometimes it has been a bit of an obsession (in a good way) I feel so fortunate and blessed to be involved with all the different elements of making music, meeting musicians and continually learning more about this art form.
My plan is to start posting more regularly and while my mindset hasn’t shifted from the knowledge that we can create a fantastic life by channelling our thoughts and energies in positive directions and being open to all that life has to offer, music is now another way in which I communicate…It opens up so many possibilities and I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve been exposed to and learned (and am still learning every day)
Well that’s it in a nutshell, just a heads up that you can expect to hear from me more regularly, and making music will become a new element of my communication.

I’ve been travelling in Mexico for the last month or so and have had an opportunity to chill and re-evaluate…I’ve decided its not right to keep it to myself…and I feel compelled to share.

Here’s a sample of what’s been giving me inspiration

Mexican Sunset

 

Adios for now,

Have a fantastic day!

Pete

 

Do it Now !

I wonder if there’s someone you’ve been meaning to call or send a note to, or maybe offer some words of encouragement…maybe a long overdue reconciliation, an apology, or an “I love you”. Hmmm, been meaning to do it when I get “unbusy”. There’s only so many hours in the day you know. I’ll have time to get to it soon.

How about going on that trip you’ve always dreamed about, or writing your book, visiting your Grandmother, or taking your kid fishing?

A wise man once explained to me that hours become days,and days become weeks, and weeks become months. Then before you know it years have gone by. And with the passage of time, everything evolves and changes. Kids grow up, new relationships develop, people get old…and die. I think that most of the tears shed at funerals are not tears of sadness, but tears of regret for words left unspoken and deeds left undone. And as we get older, while we may get a little wiser, we also lose some of our youthful vigor and stamina….even if we won’t admit it. You’re probably not going to run many marathons in your seventies or eighties :)  How many more reasons do you need to “Do it Now”?

No matter how long you live, life is short! You don’t know if the remainder of your earthly existence will be measured in years, months, days, or maybe even minutes. This fact slapped me upside the head last week when I learned of a friend of mine’s death. “Little Joe” is what we called him in high school, was short in stature but he sure had a big heart. And I’m proud and honoured to have known him and call him my friend. At less than 60 years of age, and physically active with no serious ailments that I was aware of, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought he’d have many more years on this earth. It’s been a while since I talked to him…didn’t have any urgency in contacting him, however had I known that his time on this earth was about to come to an end, I sure would have put it in high gear and got on with it.

Enough said, Do it Now!

R.I.P. Little Joe

 

 

Living Aloha

Just spent a couple of weeks in Maui….was blown away by how beautiful it is there; jungle, desert, amazing waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, fantastic people…and the weather was just right, not too hot, not too cold. Wow!! No shortage of activities either.There’s swimming, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, etc, etc. And of course just spending the day at the beach soaking up the sun and getting that fine Hawaiian sand all over everything is on the list too!

I really don’t need to make the decision on whether to go back  or not, the only question is when.

One of our most memorable activities was an all day snorkeling and sight seeing boat trip. http://www.safariboatexcursions.com/lanai.html The beauty of the coast, the islands, the spectacular fish and other underwater sea life and dolphins made this trip fantastic. We saw a (big) manta ray, we swam  through an underwater lava tube, got to do some rock diving (for the more adventurous ones)

But what made this boat trip even more memorable was an aha moment I had while on our snorkelling trip. The captain, Dave, is a most entertaining guy with lots of stories on the history of the area and adventures he’s had…he really likes to talk, and is most personable. Best of all, he absolutely loves his job. He talked about how lucky he is to be doing what he loves in a place that he loves. He is so passionate and grateful for the opportunity to live his passion. During one of his anecdotes he spoke about this and summed it up by saying the he truly lives “Aloha”.   Now I know that aloha is the Hawaiian word for hello and goodbye, so does that mean he’s always both coming and going? :)   Dave is a very energetic guy and does bounce around alot, but I knew that’s not what he meant. So when I had an opportunity to speak with him I had to ask, “What exactly did you mean when you talked about “living aloha”?

He summed it up perfectly and in a way I’ll never forget when he said, ” Living aloha is living life with absolutely no anger”

That was it, the whole explanation was just a few short words, and as I mentioned previously, Dave is a man of many words….but  not this time! He really couldn’t have made his point any clearer by adding any more words. But what a fantastic way to live!

Think about it. What if we all made a commitment to “Live Aloha” and live our lives without the burden of anger or resentment?

When I reflect on this amazing trip to Hawaii with my family, the one thing I’ll always remember is the words “Live Aloha” and what they mean.

Aloha, and have a fantastic day

Peter