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Chicken Fight

Posted: May 1, 2019 in Adventure
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Poolby Alan Delery

It’s approaching summer and I’m looking forward to having fun with some outdoor water activities. I’ve been taking special effort to get my pool ready for family and friends. It reminds me of a game that I used to play growing up. We called it Chicken Fight.  You’ve probably heard of it or played it yourself. One team member gets on the shoulders of his/her teammate and the object is to knock a person off of the shoulders of their team member. You can have as many teams as the pool has room for. The last team with the partner on their shoulders is considered the winner.

There were occasional scratches and bruises as people tried to knock one another over.

In most of these experiences, I can remember the shoulder and neck pain I would feel the next morning after an evening of Chicken Fighting especially when I spent most of my time as the bottom person.

I have many memories of Chicken Fighting over the years, but today’s story is from when I was a young adult playing in a river during a camping trip. I had my nephew on my shoulders and to this day he likes to recall what transpired. — Without going into all of the details, let’s just say that I almost died. He was being knocked over but refused to release his legs from around me. I ended up being pulled underwater and unable to lift myself up while he continued to wrestle with an opposing team member.

While he was refusing to release himself from my shoulders, I managed to get my head up for a brief couple of seconds long enough to say, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” I don’t know how I got loose after that, but my response seemed to amuse him for some reason. I was angry with him for not letting go sooner and he thought it was funny.

I guess it’s a matter of perspective.

The moral of today’s story is have fun this summer, be safe and make memories that you can talk about years later. Most of all, remember, sometimes it’s good to let go.

Stay peaceful

Apple Harvest

As I was on one of my Inspiration Bike Rides, on the River, I was enlightened with today’s word. I kind of chuckled to myself when I thought how elementary it was. I think I first learned it on Sesame Street, when I was a child. That word is Cooperation.

Now you say it out loud to yourself. “COOPERATION!”

On Sesame Street, we learned how working together helped make task, like cleaning up, more manageable. The beauty of this practice is that it also creates a special bond between those who cooperate. We can all think of close bonds we have with people that we have worked closely together with. Some of my greatest memories are with those who I worked closely with in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Cooperation is a powerful word when you think about what it means and what it can accomplish.

Out of curiosity, I looked up antonyms of cooperation. A few of them are: hindrance, hurt, injury, delay, discord and disagreement. I have some, not so fond, memories of others who have been a hindrance in my life or who caused discord and hurt.

While we are very familiar with destructive practices on our environment, I thought how much better it is to cooperate with nature rather than against it. In Genesis we read that the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose see was in itself, after his kind: and God saw it was good. (Genesis 1:12)

We were all put on this earth to work as One.

When we cooperate with God’s creation, we are at one with it. An incredible bond is formed with God when we learn to cooperate with Him rather than against Him. This can be our cooperation with nature or any of His ways.

In closing, I was reminded of a prayer that I learned many years ago. While I don’t know if it was actually written by the Eighteenth Century folk legend known as Johnny Appleseed, I think it is a beautiful prayer for all who have learned to cooperate with God. May we all be blessed with this perspective.

The Lord is good to me

And so I thank the Lord

For giving me the things I need
The sun and rain and an apple seed
Yes, he’s been good to me

I owe the Lord so much
For everything I see
I’m certain if it weren’t for Him
There’d be no apples on this limb
He’s been good to me

Oh, here am I ‘neath the blue, blue sky a-doin’ as I please
Singin’ with my feathered friends, hummin’ with the bees

I wake up every day as happy as can be
Because I know that with His care
My apple trees, they will still be there
Oh, the Lord is good to me.

Sniffing “it” Out

Posted: June 9, 2016 in Adventure, Mindfulness

BellaI don’t know why it is but there is something energetic about living life with your nose. I know that can be interpreted a number of ways but let me explain.

I was recently walking my dog Bella, on the Levee of the Mississippi River. I don’t know exactly what breed of dog Bella is but I believe she has some type of terrier in her. She keeps her nose to the ground and sniffs every patch of clovers and just about any object that comes into her path. It can be frustrating at times as the owner holding the leash but on this particular day, I decided to enjoy her experience. I put aside my exercise goal and let her do her thing.

As we continued on our journey, together, I considered the pleasure she must have been experiencing. She would stick her nose deep into a patch of grass and I would wonder what she was sniffing out. For today’s discussion, it doesn’t really matter. My main take away was that I should be more like Bella as I live my life. There are some hidden “treasures” that I would never discover if I didn’t aggressively sniff them out as she was doing.

Sometimes, it’s rewarding to just go for an adventure without knowing what you’re searching for. Just take a walk into the world and see what you discover. You can be discriminate as you go and you will know when you’ve found what was right for the occasion. You will likely take great satisfaction in what you find. It’s the Law of Recognition.

Take a walk sometime soon and sniff around…

Just to be sure that my intentions are clear, I did not literally mean for you to get on the ground like a dog and sniff around. That would look a bit strange to those around you. I’m recommending that you go into your world with the belief that there is something for you to discover today that you might not have expected. When you find “it” you will know and be satisfied. Maybe you’ll roll around in it like my dog does. Bella2

Have a nice day.