: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes :

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will-

This evening when we find ourselves handing out treats to all the little ghouls and turds that inhabit our neighborhood – Pause for a moment, and gently turn your gaze away from the harsh glow of the warm gadget in your hand (Halloween Instagram pics can wait ). What is the reality that you see unfolding around you? Can you describe the nuance in each costume that knocks at your door? Their color, the story behind each superhero costume? Are the kids smiling and excited, or are they still with nervous anticipation of scoring a large amount candy?

This reality that we are witnessing first hand is the world as it is right here, right now. It may seem that we live life outside of “reality“, warm gadget in hand and simply observing the bundled up joy standing right in front of us as we snap a series of pics. The “reality” we capture on our gadgets only exists in our mind(s) eye, and we view it through our own unique magenta or black and white lens, filtered outside of our senses.

Daily Meditation:

After we finish dinner tonight and ready the goodies to hand out, imagine for a second that you are a different person, a different ghoul. Set down your gadget, choosing to capture life from a new perspective instead. Life is not a series of pictures we share on the inter-webz. Life is a series of remarkable photos occurring right before our eyes.

CultFit Turd

12 Comments on “: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes :”

  1. excellent, thanks for the reminder. working at Old Faithful station in Yellowstone for 5 years it always cracked me up to watch hundreds of people “watching” each eruption ONLY through their camera. They miss so much of the nuances of the POWER, the mists, the rush, the timing, the scents, etc…. as they made sure they encapsulated an event for others- maybe to brag “look what I saw!”? if only we could put down “our warm electronic gadget, and recognize NOW with its full flavors. THANK YOU for a fantastic reminder today. have fun and savor. (now – where’s that candy corn my wife hid till later- so I can start Savoring right now!…) 🙂 mikey

    • CultFit says:

      Thank you for stopping over, kicking your shoes off and hanging out for a bit! Full disclosure: I’ll be taking pics of my little dude this evening before we head out the front door on a conquest of epic proportions! For Grandma and Grandpa you know 😉
      I wanted to touch on this profound, yet subtle act today. The act of living fully in the present moment … Now the topic of candy corn is something I can lament on and on about for at least a few weeks easily. I’ll actually stop at the store tomorrow morning and pick a few bags on sale to carry me through the winter! May your heart be filled with happiness and candy corn today – Take care!

  2. Sandra says:

    🙂 What a great post. I love photography and it hurts sometimes not to take my camera on outings, but the past few years when I’ve taken students to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, I have not taken my camera. Instead, I have soaked it in. I have amazing photos of the place, but honestly, there is no way a camera can capture the awesomeness that *IS*. I can carry it with me in my soul, just as well as the photograph reminds me of a place. 🙂

    And thanks, now I cannot get that song out of my head. Happy day to you!

    • CultFit says:

      Have you found that by leaving our cameras home, we create denser stories to share with family and friends? Where the pictures we take serve to support the stories we created rather than being the whole story in themselves? I suppose what I am trying to say is this – Remember back in the day when a family member would take down an old photo album to share? Back when you were a little one running round causing all sorts of trouble … There was inventively a wonderful, profound story to go along with it – hand in hand. Today, its like, “cool pic” and quickly moving on. I long for the days of meaningful conversation and story telling, not just fleeting moments caught in time. Be safe tonight and I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend 🙂

      • Sandra says:

        Have gone to St Jo to see a friend for whom I have searched for 26 years. :-). We drew cartoons of our adventures, i cannot eait to go theougj them with her again!

  3. Joy says:

    What a great reminder. Our neighborhood is totally crazy and it’s easy to get carried away with photos and stuff. This post was for me. Happy Halloween!

  4. B* says:


    Thank you for sharing and do take care, too 🙂

  5. bgddyjim says:

    Last line is phenomenal. Great post, brother.

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