The World In Geometric Shapes 10-8-2017

There is something about life which makes me wonder. Which, I know sounds very basic. But is it? Life is a circle. There is the cycle of birth and death, child to old man/woman whatever your case may be. The circle of day to night. Winter to fall. The rise of Rome to its fall. Each day is a circle, dawn to dawn. The cycle of a week. A month. A year. The Big Bang to… whatever the ending may be.

So what does it all mean? I know the ‘life is a circle’ idea. Learn from your mistakes or you are doomed to make them again. But isn’t there more?

Is there a life triangle? A life octagon? How about a life parallelogram?

Stick with me, it gets easier.  I hope.

I’m sure I could find, or make up, examples of the shapes mentioned above. The human brain is mystic and wise and completely able to lie to itself at all times.

Do we let our brain lie to us? Of course we do. We want to believe what we want to believe, true or false.  And why do we want to believe? Because our brain demands we are the center of our own universe and anything that speaks otherwise is perceived as the lier.

I hate to say it, but all politicians I’ve seen definitely believe they are the center of their own universes. No names, but I am sure many of you can think of a multitude of your own examples.

I know I have gone from circles to the center of our universe all in a handful of paragraphs, but I have complete confidence that somehow I will bring them all together in the end. And if I don’t, you will never know, because you will never see this post.

Take the image of an heptagon (seven sides). Now draw a circle around the inside and put the politician, or whomever, inside the circle. Now there is a politician in his own universe, gathering his own power and glory. But what of the points outside the circle? Who are they?

Remember the line above about letting our brains lie to us? If you answered ‘us’ to the question, you are correct. The mistakes we make, those we leave out – the outer points of the heptagon – are forgotten.

So maybe the image of a circle is the best fit for our world. A circle is smooth, no points left out. In the roundness of a circle, we remember the mistakes of our past, the fact of birth to death, day to night, night to day. The great thing about the circle is that we are all equidistant from those across from us. It doesn’t take a miracle for me, on my point on the circle, to reach across to you on your point. Maybe you are a friend who needs comfort or a child who needs food. I am equally able to reach out of my own universe to touch yours.

I know somewhere you have seen the image of people, hand-in-hand, circling the globe. Perhaps the best circle, the perfect circle, of them all.

Imagine it.  A circle of every human on this planet, and those currently above it, holding hands in a circle. Would it span the circumference of the world? The Solar System? The Milky Way? How about the entire Universe?

And, even in that all-encompassing circle, we are still equidistant from those across from us. No one is left out.

We can still reach out a hand in comfort. Or happiness. Or love.

We can still reach across to comfort a grieving mother and we can still reach across to feed a hungry child.

Maybe Disney was right this time. The circle is the perfect shape for our world.

 

 

 

 

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30 Day Challenge “I am Brave” Day 9 on 7-5-2017

I am Vulnerable.

 

TODAY’S BRAVE ACT

What have you struggled with most during this 30-day challenge?

Today, be courageously vulnerable by openly sharing this weakness with a friend.

 

TODAY’S JOURNAL PROMPTS

A weakness that I’m struggling with …

Today, I will be courageously vulnerable by sharing my weakness with the following person …

I wish all this was easy. Isn’t that a nice fantasy about life? Easy. Wouldn’t everything be so much better if it was easy?

I’d hope so, but I know it wouldn’t. These things, whatever they are, in our lives are not meant to be easy. You don’t grow from easy. You don’t learn from easy. I suspect nothing come from easy. (Except opening stubborn jars. Lord, don’t let that be hard!)

But, honestly,  I dream of easy while knowing easy will be nowhere in sight. So, I struggle with the myth of easy.

What I suspect is that easy is a state of mind rather than a label attached to things like ‘Start a Relationship Easy,’ or ‘Learn to Speak Your Mind Easy.’ It isn’t a step in the process. It isn’t a point 1 or point 2.

Easy is being vulnerable. Things are only easy when we allow them to be easy. Easy isn’t something that comes from outside; easy is internal. Inbred. As much a part of us as our heart and lungs and brain.

I am not an easy person. Not to get to know or to understand. Sometimes – most times – I am not easy inside myself. I wish for easy, but don’t expect easy, so I don’t get easy.

Okay, so is easy really a thing? Can things really be easy? I started out saying nothing was easy. One never learned from easy. So why now am I saying easy is from within?

This is one of those conundrums of life. Is it or isn’t it?

Easy isn’t a ‘thing.’ Easy isn’t something which happens to us or doesn’t. Easy is Us.

If I think things are always going to be hard – guess what? – they will be hard! Until I realized it is the easy inside myself which dictates my outsides.

Damn, it is hard to find a job! So, says easy, it will be.

Damn, a relationship is hard work.

Damn, it is hard to be bi-polar.

Damn this or damn that. Life, we think, isn’t supposed to be easy.

But, yes it is. But only if we allow easy for ourselves.

It is easy to find a job!

A relationship is easy.

It is easy to be bi-polar.

I said I was not easy to get to know or understand. Why would that be? Because I am making it hard. I want to protect myself so I put up a maze of twists and turns and tests to make sure you want to know me; make sure you are dedicated to knowing me before I allow it to happen. This isn’t vulnerable, so it isn’t easy.

In order to protect a me which no longer needs protecting, I live my life hard. And make it damn hard for somebody else to step inside.

To my surprise, some people persist until they get all they way inside anyway.

So now it is my turn. Do I allow myself to live easy or hard? Just because I say easy, doesn’t mean my Fairy Godmother is going to show up, tap her magic wand, and voila all is done. Sometimes easy is damn hard work.

The question is, ‘Will I allow myself an easy life or a hard one?’

That simple.

That easy.

 

Famous Cowboy Horses – Trigger 2-3-2017

 

I wanted to do something different, so I decided to dust off my other love – horses – and see what developed.  What developed is a look back at one of the most famous of the ‘Cowboy Horses,’ Trigger.

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Originally named Golden Cloud, Trigger was portrayed by several different horses over his TV and movie career, including Trigger, Jr. and Little Trigger. According to some reports, Golden Cloud was sired by a Thoroughbred, out of a grade mare. He was foaled in 1932 or 34 and died in 1965.  The different Triggers were distinguished by their marking.  The original Trigger only had a left hind stocking and a wide blaze.

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Trigger

Trigger, Jr. was a Tennessee Walking Horse named Allen’s Golden Zephyr. A Palomino sabino, he was foaled in 1941, by Barker’s Moonbeam, out of Fisher’s Grey Maud. Roy purchased him 1948 and he died in 1969. Trigger, Jr. was mostly used for public appearances. He had four white stockings and a wide blaze..

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Trigger, Jr.

I have not found any reference to Little Trigger’s original name, foaling date or when he died. While Trigger, Jr did mostly public appearance, Little Trigger was usually the stand-in for TV and movies. He had four stocking and a narrow blaze

 

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Little Trigger

There is also a reference to three additional Trigger doubles – Pal, California and Monarch. The only other information found was a picture of Roy on Pal. Since this horse had only three stockings, he is not Trigger, Little Trigger or Trigger, JR..

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Trigger’s first movie was The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938. He was ridden by Maid Marion, played by Olivia de Havilland. When Roy Rogers was cast for the movie Under Western Stars in 1938, Trigger was brought to the set with four other horses so he could pick a mount for the movies. He chose Golden Cloud, shortly thereafter named Trigger. In all, the pair starred in more than 80 films, 101 episodes of The Roy Rogers Show and many public appearances. Trigger shared top billing with Roy on the movies My Pal Trigger in 1948 and Trigger, Jr. in 1950. Roy eventually purchased Trigger for $2,500, later adding the $5,000 gold and silver saddle so familiar to all his fans.

Roy said of Trigger, “He could turn on a dime and give you some change”. (IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.)

He also stated “he felt that Trigger seemed to know when people were watching him and that he recognized applause and just ate it up like a ham!” ( IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.)

Trigger was called the “Smartest Horse in the Movies” due to learning well over 60 tricks such dancing, rearing, untying ropes and shooting a gun . He was house broken so he could visit children’s hospitals.

For the movie Son of Paleface (1953), Trigger won a Patsy Award (Performing Animal Television Star of the Year). In 1958, he won the Craven Award. He was so famous, he had his own comic book, Trigger, and his own Fan Club.

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When they died, both Trigger and Tigger, Jr.were taxidermied and displayed at the Roy Rogers Museum.  When the museum closed, both were sold.

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Sources :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigger_(horse),

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1022326/bio,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_horses,

IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.

http://www.happytrailsforever.com/animals.html

http://www.royrogersworld.com/trigger/

https://rogersdale.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/trigger-and-his-doubles/

Pictures are from Pinterest and https://rogersdale.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/trigger-and-his-doubles/

 

If you find any of this information incorrect, please contact me so I can update this essay. Thank you.