View From My Office

From My Office View 3/13/31 7:21 a.m.
From My Office View 3/13/31 7:21 a.m.

As quick as I take the picture and log on to my computer, the view changes. The fog obscures the Bald Hills in the back drop. There is no rosy glow in the sky. Just 3 minutes from taking the picture till I start to write.

That’s how quick life changes.

The news flashing around the world from Malaysia tell us the various theories of flight MH370, and as quick as it spreads another message comes around saying the previous message was wrong. We may never know the full facts of the story that is gripping families around the world.

The drunken driver that plows into a crowd to escape the chasing police kills two on a moped in Austin, Texas. Just a few minutes before he could simply have stopped and not caused the carnage we all read about on the web.

Another pileup on a snow driven highway in an area that has been pounded with bad weather this year. Three dead, and who knows exactly what could have happened to prevent the tragedy – other than staying off the roads. Just read Robert Heinlein’s 1940 short science fiction story to understand the reference, but “The Roads Must Roll.”

“Life can change on a dime.” Or so the idiom says, often indicating how quick things can happen and every thing can change, turn around, head into some unexpected direction. Even an unintended direction. Just ask anyone who has driven on ice and needed to stop quickly.

I look at the picture of my kids from a hundred years ago, and flash! They are changed in that proverbial twinkling of an eye. Adults. Lives of their own. No longer at home.

I think the message to me, and to any who would really care: Perhaps we should simply slow down, enjoy the view for a few moments, find some meaning in what is right before us, right now… You see, the picture shows me something that I enjoy, light ice in the yard, below freezing temperatures, and a wonderful office life that gives me such a view.

Mac Davis, a country singer from yesteryear, sang a popular song…

Hey Mister, where you going in such a hurry
Don’t you think it’s time you realized
There’s a whole lot more to life than work and worry
All the sweetest things in life are free
And they’re right before your eyes

You’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way

Before you went to work this morning in the city
Well, did you spent some time with your family
Did you kiss your wife and tell her that she’s pretty
Did you take your children to your breast and love ’em tenderly

You’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way

Well, did you ever take a walk through the forest
Stop and dream a while among the trees
Well, you can look up through the leaves right straight to heaven
And you can almost hear the voice of God in each any every breeze

Well, you’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way

Oh, you’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way

Said, you’ve got to stop and smell the roses

Songwriters – Severinsen, Carl / Davis, Mac

Published by – Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

So, since we all know it will change very rapidly and the moment to enjoy will be past, take a little time to enjoy where you are right now.

UPDATE: Here are some other photo’s from the region posted by various news sources this morning… Probably around the same time as my initial photo, only from different vantage points of living in Washington.

Seattle, 3/13/14
Seattle, 3/13/14
Mt Rainier, 3/13/14
Mt Rainier, 3/13/14
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