Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Frontin Like I'm Back (WWC)

Well it's true... I'm only "pretending" or "Frontin" like I'm Back. I have been really preoccupied by the issues with my car and with trying to support at work given those problems. I am in a rental car today, and truly hope to have my real car Back soon.

I was going to cop out on the Tink's Weekly Words Challenge (WWC), but I thought 'What the heck?' I may as well try. So I am not promising any greatness this week, and I still haven't gotten back to slide show status, but here are a few entries for this week's words, Front and Back.

The "Front" of the Memphis Pyramid

#1 North "Front" Street

Look, Mom has some design on her "Back"

J.J. The Rooster's "Back"

This ornamental Butterfly has the same "Front" as it does "Back"

Can you tell if this is "Front" or "Back" of the Trolley?


"I Need My Daddy!!!"
So I must further a bit of ranting on all the trouble I have had lately. I know, things happen. It is frustrating and we make it through somehow. It just makes me miss my Daddy. I mean, he's not "gone" but he is not able to step in and take care of his 'baby' the way he used to be able to. There was a time when my father would step in, and let people know how things were going to be, and it was rare that they gave him any trouble. He would come to my rescue, and he was a man to be reckoned with. People were afraid of him at times, although he was gentle as a lamb, and has always had the best sense of humor. His humor tended to spoil when it came to someone doing anything wrong to his family... Salesmen, Mechanics, bad boyfriends, BEWARE.

My Hero! Always will be.

So Dads... remember this, as you are taking your health and all ever so lightly, it is very difficult for us (daughters and sons) to see you aging, and unable to function. I want so badly for Dad to be able to do the things he used to do, not only for me, but because I grieve for him and his own 'Quality of Life'.

Now, I have a husband who tries to help me as best as he can, but he is not the same 'Take Charge' type of person my Dad was... Instead, he prods me to 'call those people', or hands ME the phone. I just sometimes wish Daddy was still there to protect me or at least help with my battles. However, as we become adults, Life's Difficulties are imminent, and we have to learn to deal with things, and resolve them on our own.

As in a note I got from a friend of mine yesterday, she sent me the following, saying that this helped her... and I guess it could not ring truer given these compounding issues with my car problems. So I hope that it helps someone else too, who might be experiencing some hard times or going through a rough patch right now... Good Read anywho.

In life, the difficult periods are the best periods to gain experience and shore up determination. As a result, my mental status is much improved because of them.
--The Dalai Lama

Life is a process of meeting and solving problems. Solving problems is a way that we test and develop our spiritual muscle. Think of outstanding people such as Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Helen Keller. Lincoln faced the problem of a divided country; Gandhi, an oppressed India; Keller, her personal handicaps. In rising to meet their vision, courage, fortitude, and compassion, they became great -- not in spite of, but because of their problems.

Problems often come to us in the form of crisis. The Chinese glyph for the word crisis contains two symbols; one means danger and the other opportunity. When an obstacle is before you, use it to create a beneficial result. As with Lincoln, Gandhi, and Keller, let your problems bring out your greatness.

Rather than pray for a life that is problem-free, ask for one that is solution-full. Instead of requesting that God remove the mountain before you, seek the strength to climb it. Remember that the best students always get the toughest problems. Love the problems you have, and their priceless gifts will be yours.

So that's it for me today, maybe a bit lengthy on post but I need the spiritual boost of being confident that the Universe is going to show me the way to get through my difficulties, and that I will find the strength and confidence within to get the task(s) at hand done. I'll hang in there if you will.

Happy Tuesday. (It's Just Tuesday!?! Damn, I just realized that. Geez, o.k. Onward and Upward)


Tink said...

Memphis has a pyramid?! Gawd I need to get out more. ;)

Chatty said...

Fantastic stuff - especially, for some reason, the butterfly and the cable car...

Reb said...

I like the pyramid photo, but I gotta tell you, I love the rooster!

Chatty said...

PS I'm sorry about your troubles, but that was a lovely post about missing your dad and challenges.
"The Chinese glyph for the word crisis contains two symbols; one means danger and the other opportunity." I LOVE that. I am saving that. I hope all the car problems work out, and sooner rather than later.

Newt said...

Oh girl, I hear ya. Thankfully my dad is still doing really great with his health. But it's a fear and worry at the back of my brain. Knowing that time is truly going by. And the little girl in me is going to have to do some more growing up.

Your WWC's are beautiful.

Jay said...

Love the Pyramid. All the pics were really good though.

Well, I'll volunteer to kick somebody's ass for ya, if you need it. ;-)

Further on up the road said...

Love the butterfly thing

Further on up the road said...

I know what you mean with parents... when Mum was ill toward the end it's like suddenly my sister and I were having to try and take charge... but hang on this is the person who has always been in charge of us not the other way round. Very confusing.

I'll share this only as it illustrates your point I hope...

When she was in the hospital there was initially discussion of yet another course of chemo - but more agressive than before. This was a "time buyer" at best we knew that what she had (mantel cell lymphoma) was not curable and sooner or later the options would run out. But Mum was tired of the battle, the chemo really freaked her and drained her and she really wasn't sure if she wanted it of not. I know one conversation she really was trying to get me to make the decision for her I think. I wouldn't - Christ I couldn't could I.

In the end she soon wasn't well enoght for it to be an option and I'm sure for her the relief of not having to face us and say "Sorry I don't want to be here anymore but this isn'a betrayal of you just what I need" was great.

My Dad died suddenly and quiet young so we never had that issue - however I never had the opportunity to say good bye or show him my love back in the way you are with your Dad.

Hugs and love to you and yours...

g-man said...

Nice shootin Tex. :) I hope that you can get your car resolved.

JINKS said...

Great shots as usual and love that pic of your Dad...is that you beside him?....I know how you feel missing the way things and people use to be....but Jax, you remember you are your dad's daughter so you have all the grit and sass you need to make those mechanics..."reconize!"