Grill Meditations

When people discuss grilling, they talk about delicious food, low fat methods of cooking, good times with friends, being outdoors, methods of basting, foil wrapping, marinating, and more.

There’s something else that grilling can do for you.

It can be a few minutes of peace and quiet, where you can sit out in your yard or on your balcony, and just watch the world go by.

Never leaving a fire unattended means not running back into the house to do a bunch of things – the short waiting time reduces the temptation to do other activities – and it can form a little pocket of peace in your day.

If you use a manual timer (like I do) it can even be soothing.

So if you do grill, next time you throw something on the grate, take a few minutes to sit down with a cool beverage, breathe in and out slowly, watch the sky, and set down all your burdens.

You’ll be glad you did.

Early Rising

It’s so easy to be a night owl.  I was.  I may be again someday.  I have worked swing shift for years and years.  I finally found a job that starts no LATER than eight but we can show up at six thirty if we want.

I thought “Argh!  I’m used to getting up at nine!  Going to bed at two or three!  I’m an incurable night owl!  How can I ever adapt?  Why would I want to?”

There was angst, trust me.

Then I moved into my new house.  Everything was so topsy turvy, and I was so tired from all the hoop-jumping with the overly long loan process, not to mention packing, cleaning, hauling, cleaning, moving boxes, putting things away, and worrying about car troubles – I was ready for bed every night by ten.

I decided “It’s a heat wave right now.  It’s already over ninety by the time I have to drive in.  I’m going to get up early.”

It felt strange at first, but I realized I really liked it.  It’s so cool and quiet in the morning.  The traffic is light.  It’s not so stressful to commute.  The people at work are quieter at six thirty and we can get a lot done before the rest come in at eight.  There’s a bit of camaraderie between all the early folks.

I mention all this because it can be so easy to think “I can’t change, I have to do this because x and y and z,” and by doing that you might actually be missing out on a lot.  Getting up early can give you a little more time in the morning, to get ready for the day, have caffeine of some form, maybe even sit down to eat breakfast.  Who knows?

Hopefully life will allow me to stay an early riser for a while!

If you don’t get up early now, and you get a chance to try it, you might like it.

August Skies

In my new suburban paradise, I have seen some beautiful skies.  It’s the middle of Monsoon, which has been a bit odd this year.  Not as many big storms, more hot and muggy days.  It’s all right.  Weather varies, and no one can predict it all the time.

Mindflight may be taking a new turn, but it is certainly not gone.  Much has changed in my life but my priorities are the same.  I want to share inspiration that will remind everyone to reach toward their dreams.  In fact, now I want to do that more than ever!  More details in days to come.

Here are some skyscapes from my new neighborhood – which I love.  Expect to see ideas for home improvement projects and possibly some grilling tips as I settle into home ownership!

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