This Day. Today. Everyday. Can You Feel It?

If the clouds burn off, today will be a bright, warm, sunny day. The sun has literally just broken free from the horizon. The joys of waking up before 5:00 AM realized by a little after 6:00 AM, as I sit on my balcony for perhaps the 1200th time at least.

Today will be a big day.
This day.
I can feel it.

Yesterday, Ken Griffey, Jr and Mike Piazza was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Though both took different paths to get to the bigs, both accomplishments were fueled by hard work and the support of their families, both things I can identify with — both people I can identify with, as they grew up with me as I grew up watching them.

A bright blue is sneaking in below cloud cover. To my left, the clouds are burning though still with vestiges of purple and grey and orange dancing with each other. To my right, a thick blanket of brilliant white clouds looking like a tight army of bulldozers sits directly on top of the sheet of glass the bay has become, also covering a bit of Tiburon’s hills. And directly in front of me, the sun shines like a crystal ball, the brightness of its orange rays reflected on the water directly below it.

I wonder what Griffey, Jr felt during his first day in the bigs? I wonder what Piazza felt his first day in the minors, the bigs a major longshot, maybe not even a remote possibility let alone reality, on that day. I admired both of them, thoroughly enjoyed watching both of them play ball. I appreciated what they said in their speeches. And I take with me lessons they learned during their climb up to this point in their life. Serious thoughts for serious times.

I thought about the people they had met on their journey that helped them along. Piazza said in his speech, “There are a handful of people you’ll meet in your life that will change your destiny.” I thought about the people they themselves have helped as well. I thought of my own life, those that have helped me, and those that I have helped as well. Who’s changed my destiny? Who’s destiny have I changed?

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I take my mind off it for a bit, painting memories inspired by a long hike through Muir Woods a couple weeks ago. The benefit of waking early that I never realized in my younger days (which I categorize as pre-43), was how much one could accomplish before the world awoke. Taylor’s still sleeping, snoring to wonderful dreams, sometimes yipping the way he used to as a puppy, no doubt chasing a tennis ball or grabbing a big stick, fighting with his brother when fighting was just an innocent pastime. My painting is a long way from being done.

I’ve done my morning reading. I’ve had my coffee. I’ve had my solitary time sitting on my balcony. I’ve watched the sun rise. I’ve watched the clouds roll on by. I’ve made progress on my latest oil painting. I’ve written in my journal and for my blog. It’s not even 7:00 AM yet.

Today will be a big day.
This day.
I can feel it.

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