"Simplicity is the glory of expression." - Walt Whitman
The 1978 song Dust in the Wind was a last minute addition to rock group Kansas' album
Point of Know Return. The acoustic melodramatic song would end up being the biggest hit of
all-time for the popular band thanks to some finger exercises from lead guitarist Kerry Livgren. Yep, that's right. A finger exercise on guitar from Kerry led his wife to suggest he write lyrics to that smooth tranquil sound she heard coming from his fingers.
Sometimes it's the simple things in life that can lead to success. And not just success, but can also bring peace and joy.
"I love simplicity, it's the nature by which we all should choose to live." - Me
In San Diego and much of California they have been in a severe drought the last few years. But this winter is the year of El Nino which brings the West Coast rain, and lots of it. In most parts of San Diego the rain brought with it severe flooding, especially for the cities along the ocean. But, with all that rain and flooding came with it rainbows. Some extraordinary rainbows in fact.
(photo credit to Jeff's Photography, San Diego)
One would have to think that with all the damage from the flooding a simple rainbow lifted the spirits of those in need out there. And for some, the rainbows they encountered was simply God saying,
"I gotcha covered!"
A couple of weeks ago I ran across this question over social media,
"Which would you prefer possessions or experiences?"
Of course while most of the youth went whole heartedly with possessions, the adults for the most part chose experiences. After pondering this question for awhile I realized how blessed I have been with some of the experiences I've not only attended, but have gone through. Nothing can take away the experiences you have had in your life. Now you must know that today I am specifically concentrating on good experiences.
As an avid sports fan growing up one simple dream always alluded me..catching a foul ball or home run at a baseball game. And even now as an adult that simple dream still hasn't caught up with me. But, nevertheless, I have been incredibly lucky and blessed to have attended many memorable sporting events unexpectedly. When you go to a game you never expect the unexpected, but that's what keeps life a surprise for sports fans.
One of the most memorable hockey games I attended was during the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 championship season. I had tickets for game seven of round two but didn't think I would be going. The Blackhawks were down 3 games to 0 to the Detroit Red Wings and no chance of coming back and bring it to a game seven. Sure enough, there we were watching game seven in the stands and the Blackhawks would win it in overtime providing an epic comeback in sports history.
Whether it's catching a foul ball or bailing water out of your flooded basement and seeing a rainbow, it's all the simple things in life that bring us one step closer to thinking the unimaginable.
Dare to believe. Expect the unexpected.
Next week, more on experiences.