Saturday, June 12, 2010

Singing in the Rain

Last night, it was a perfect temperature. It was overcast and with a light drizzle. So, seeing as how those are the perfect conditions to go running, I put on my running shoes and headed out - aiming for Liberty Park. I had my ipod strapped on my arm and the ear-buds in which blocks out any sound of the surrounding busy city streets.
I got to the park about 8 pm and it was completely deserted. I had the whole place to myself. And, can I tell you, it was WONDERFUL! The drizzle hitting the pond, the ducks and geese, the puddles, the bright green trees, and me. As I got to the park, "Out of My League" by Stephen Speaks was blasting through the my headphones. So, since every other part of the setting was perfect, I decided to sing along as well, so I went running by the pond, singing as loud as I could (in between breaths), and felt perfectly content for a few minutes.
I highly recommend finding your own place, where no one else exists except you and your dreams - no person, no cars, no sounds, except those that you allow to be there.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high.
And the dreams that you dreamed of, Once in a lullaby.
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly.
And the dreams that you dreamed of, Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star.
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where trouble melts like lemon drops.
High above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.

Oh, Someday I'll wish upon a star.
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where trouble melts like lemon drops.
High above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.

Oh somewhere over the rainbow.
Way up high.
And the dreams that you dare to.
Why, oh why can't I?

Great motivational song. I'm going to dare to dream because it's the realization of dreams that brings happiness.
Check out this version of the song - love it!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sing it with me: "All you need is .... [Nature]."

On Sunday, a friend and I drove through North Ogden Canyon to a quaint little city called Eden. I thought the name was very appropriate as I’m sure the Garden of Eden exhibited much of the same majesty, beauty, and tranquility that I saw in our present-day Eden.
Let me describe the scene.
My friend’s family has a mountain house in Eden, nestled along the bench of the mountain with a perfect view of the lush, green valley and the eastern mountains. In front of the house there is a stream that flows just quickly enough to create a soothing burble. There's a reservoir off in the distance. It is 8 o’clock. The sun is slowly starting to slide below the Western Mountains. The angle of the remaining light rays hits everything perfectly, highlighting the hues and the depth of each color. The valley is a deep green that only exists at the beginning of a Utah summer. The mountain behind the house is full of a variety of thick pines and leafy trees, not just the normal smattering.
Behind the eastern mountains, off in the distance, the summer storm clouds build. The few remaining rays pierce the clouds and accentuate their darkness. You can’t hear the thunder, but the lightning is abundant. As I sit by the stream and an accompanying pond, soaking in the beautiful scene in front of me, I am enveloped in a clement breeze. The warmth is the perfect contrast to the cooling air.
So, there I sit conversing with my friend.
Life was peaceful.
I didn’t want to leave.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Step in the Dark

My current position ends in September and as of right now, I don't have any other desired jobs waiting for me, but today, I still turned down a job offer.
My boss wants to keep me around and so she's willing to give me any position she can find at our organization. I am flattered by her continual efforts. However, as I sat pondering my opportunities, I came to feel that accepting that offered position would be equivalent to settling. The only reason I would take that job is because I'm scared that there may not be anything better. But, what kind of attitude is that? That's a defeatist attitude and I am not going to be defeated nor do I want to spend the next several years of my life at a job that is not stimulating. It does not have to be exciting everyday. In fact, I don't even think my dream job would be exciting every day. But yes, I do want it to require something of me and I want to be a valuable asset to the organization.
So, it's somewhat liberating to take that step in the dark. I am educated, hard-working, and willing. So, I turned it down expecting that there is some great option out there for me. I don't want to settle - at any level in life - so I figured that employment is a good place to start.
So, the job search begins again.