Thursday, February 18

Good Thursday Morning, Everyone,

WOW! I woke up to five inches of fresh snow this morning, and it is so beautiful.

Little surprises come in many forms. Sometimes they are great gifts, and other times they bring sadness and despair. When these unexpected things happen, we have a choice to make: either stop in our tracks or push through. Sometimes Good is hidden in what we see as bad.

I remember the day I went to jail to start my seven year sentence. I was scared, confused and had no idea what to expect. I was pushed into a situation I had no control over, and then I did.

Even though I was behind bars, locked down 23 / 7, I had options; I could get involved in the craziness or choose a different path. I chose one that I created myself, one that was focused and determined, and I spent my time building my future with each choice I made behind their bars. I made it through that, better than I was before, because I chose to be, not because I was told to be or made to be.

Not everyone has opportunities like this or are in situations that allow them to strive to excel. This is where you have to make a choice, find what you can do to improve, or stay stuck in your past.

Sometimes the surprise of something being hard, is exactly what you needed to create a new life.

Today’s image was captured yesterday afternoon as I was out taking photos of birds. I was sitting behind a small bush to camouflage myself, and all of a sudden this red-billed woodpecker landed right in front of me, I was so surprised. I fired off a few frames and he was gone.

Help us reach more people by Sharing or Liking this post.

Leave a Comment

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...

  • Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  • Please keep the tone and language of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  • Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  • Refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  • Refrain from comments containing references to religion unless it clearly relates to the post being commented on.
  • Do not post in all caps.
  • We will generally not allow links; the moderator may consider the value of a link.
  • We will not post lengthy comments.
  • Please do not go into details about your story; post these on our Tales from the Registry.
  • Please choose a user name that does not contain links to other web sites.
  • Please do not solicit funds.
  • If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  • All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them. It will not be displayed on the site.