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so what’ve you been doing the past thirty years…

April 6, 2015

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is what was ever so casually yet very genuinely said to me just so many days ago – and you know when he said it the entire weight of the world appeared in front of me as once upon a time and oh so long ago we’d been friends – the weight of the world appeared and then literally in an instant my heart said i heard what he said and what i’m getting out of it is that the 2 of you have come together on the same path for the sheer purpose of inspiration and not a comparison as one of us at this point is astoundingly wealthy and one of us that being me is not, at least not yet – what was so further perfectly beautiful in finding my friend after all of these years was bearing witness to his giving so freely from his heart and from his bankbook in donating well into six figures just the evening before to the benefit of our so incredibly deserving seriously injured war veterans – indeed he’s a man with a heart far more widely reaching than even that of his enterprise which is rapidly running into national expansion all throughout this great land of ours – it’s a wonderful reality in life coming to a place where you can pause even if only for an instant so as to see everything that’s happening for what it really is, even more so in seeing everything with a silver lining – after all it’s that silver lining that serves to remind us and to lead us into all that is good and all that has already been written for the better of us –

so we had a very nice albeit rather brief conversation that windy afternoon at the tournament and it seems even if it’s another thirty years before we chat once again there was already very clearly a wealth of good that arrived in my life just in the spirit of what it so nicely was in and of itself as a simple conversation – and then again on the other hand should this be the beginning of a new and entirely unforeseen chapter in getting to know one another far better than before now by way of our respective ventures then that’ll be just fine just the same – i try not to question why our many paths in life come to cross as they do other than taking the lead of that very first impression knowing very well that’s when God’s telling us so very quickly and so very quietly as to exactly what is happening – and every time I take that perfect lead it allows me to receive the most fantastically amazing gift in that as i listen I then know right there and then where i’m headed next and right where i’m needed the most in sharing the good word as well as in hopefully creating a smile, a happy and lasting laughter and maybe even something really good for everyone to benefit from for a very long time to come – so robin sorensen my old friend i’d like to say thank you for everything so wonderfully generous you’re already doing and thank you everything the same for further reminding me of just how beautiful life can be when we’re looking – wishing you all one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

it’s all in the music…

March 14, 2015

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in my head in my heart and literally in every gleaming thread of who i am and i wouldn’t ever have it any other way – that’s the neverending tonic for the soul that a simple song with that perfect feeling can deliver upon every time you need it – it’s an altogether uplifting gift that arrives in an instant and can last for a lifetime – as to what it is and why it is that very clearly’s a credit that can only ever be given to inspiration – and let it be said that inspiration whether we realize it or not is best defined as a moment when we’re entirely listening to God in the way of the holy spirit within – and by the further grace of God it seemingly happens with artists across every spectrum of creativity there is and because of it we’re all that much the better for it – over the years i’ve come to discover that the words it just came to me seem to strongly resonate from one tale to the next when it comes to the story of creating a true masterpiece – yet not necessarily every artist sees the greater light as to what it is that’s just been so graciously given to them yet then again many of them do – one of the more wonderful of just such a story that’s been a long celebrated chapter in musical history is that of handel’s messiah – still so very well adored and so highly loved 273 years after first being performed in dublin to a completely enraptured audience, handel’s messiah long ago transcended simply being just another excellent composition – unlike nearly any other performance in history in the same genre and the same setting, handel’s messiah comes to a place with the arrival of the hallelujah chorus to where you literally feel as if you’re rising into heaven itself – what’s so further wonderful from there is bearing witness to just that in seeing the entire audience standing to their feet so clearly being swept away in the pure joy of the holy spirit literally and collectively singing out loud for the whole wide world to hear – it’s a moment so exceptionally unique even in the hundreds of widely ranging performances i’ve been so fortunate to see in my life and it’s no small wonder in any way that handel himself is said to have recounted the moment of his writing the hallelujah chorus as a time when i did think i did see all heaven before me and the great God himself – and i imagine that’s as profound of an experience as one could ever have in the endeavor of creating any work of art – it’s as profound for the writer as it is as personal for the listener and therein lies a connection in life that can never truly be made in quite the same uniquely moving fashion – that to me is what i can only ever best and most singularly describe as that feeling – and i love it – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

crossing paths that day…

February 22, 2015

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meant she was there to save my life and for it i’ll be forever thankful in my every thread of who i am in a way that’ll indelibly leave me changed for the far better for the rest of my hopefully very long life to come – it was saturday and it began with an unsettling in the abdomen that really didn’t seem all that unusual and then in an instant it went from a 2 to an 11 and i didn’t know what to do – and then it all changed in an instant once again when the inexplicable pain became so debilitating to the degree that this wonderful logic we men tend to be overflowing with told me to drive myself to the hospital – and that’s exactly what i did in an otherwise safe and uneventful 7 minutes that next found me at the stairs to the emergency room and up i went – up i went and in i went and on and on the pain began to level me like i was collapsing from within yet i still had zero idea of what it was that was happening – yet by the wonderful grace of God i arrived that morning to this major medical center with not one single patient waiting to be seen and right back in i went from one smiling and encouraging soul to the next to the doctor and back and with it all i continued to feel the pain yet i also began to feel an all encompassing sense of peace come over me in that i was in God’s hands and clearly with God’s good people and that i would indeed be alright – and then they told me – they told me the second scan in which they could actually see so clearly as to what was happening with an internal rupture meant i was going in immediately as time was vitally of the essence – and then i met her and by the further grace of God she had such a naturally warm and genuinely reassuring smile that said all in just the one look that she would take perfect care of me and that everything would be just fine – and then less than a minute later i was under only to find myself in recovery barely just 2 hours later already feeling far better than i had yet feeling like i’d been run over just the same –

in reflecting it’s a very recent episode in my life i never could’ve imagined yet it’s one that’s given me a newly found perspective of thankfulness in a way even greater that that of anything i’d ever felt before – and in many ways that just didn’t seem possible as i’d already been a typically and openly very thankful kind of soul for all to see in these past several years – yet when a moment arrives so unexpectedly as to what could be an end of what we know this life to be something happens in the heart deep from within the spirit that changes everything – it changes everything well beyond anything that previously only ever seemed something for the imagination – and that’s leading me to a place of inner peace i’ve never experienced before which has further given way to feeling a far greater compassion for everyone i’ve ever known as well as everyone i’m just coming to meet – and even further from there it’s given me an added strength in the faith that everything i’ve ever dreamed of is already well underway in happening – what’s further so wonderful is not having felt even a single flare of agitation about anything since waking back up that early evening of the 7th now 2 saturdays ago – in fact i came to learn later that evening that right at the very time i was being saved the rest of my family was at a surprise party many states away that we hadn’t even been invited to yet that’s God’s mysterious way and for it i’ll only say thank you – thank you God for having me right where i needed to be to get right to where i needed to get to that morning – and thank you God for stopping the rest of the world when i arrived in need of life-saving help in that i was the only one there – thank you God for surrounding me with so many wonderful souls as they expertly figured out what i needed and thank you God for saving my very life with the caring hands of the perfectly gifted and wonderfully friendly lady they call doctor agnes david – doctor david i imagine you have received many heartfelt thank yous all throughout your career that’ll last for a lifetime yet should you ever feel even slightly less than properly appreciated i hope that you’ll please return to these very words of my deepest gratitude that you were there for me, that you saved me and that you did it all with a such a beautiful smile – may God bless you good doctor and every one of you everything the same ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

a second chance…

February 13, 2015

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at the first act in our lives for some of us is the entirely vital mindset that’ll lead us ever so closer to what very well may be the primrose path – and it’s on this primrose path where the true satisfaction in life happens as an air of appreciation for everything so wonderful we already have as well as for all of the best of what already happened comes together with a newly-found and often times neverending head of steam – and ever so joyfully it is this very head of steam that’ll surely take over in now fueling our moments and our minutes unlike at any other time ever before – that’s what so beautifully begins happening when we find we’re now truly living with a purpose, our purpose, our God-given purpose – and in arriving just there it’s simply a matter of finally and fully realizing that purpose and that happens when once and for all we truly listen to that inner voice we’ve always heard ever since we were a child, after all they are indeed the very words of God we’re hearing as we do – additionally we’re typically already well aware that no one else really ever needs to tell us who we are at our highest and best as we ourselves quite intrinsically very well already know that, and we always have – and right at the minute we take hold of these reigns, our reigns, of a now truly unbridled outlook and newly pristine perspective on everything that can become our life and the very world we’ve always dreamed of then right there and then we’ve already won – we’ve already won and we’ll keep winning this incredibly exciting game of life as long as we carry on living in the light of our vision, steadily moving forward on the path we now so completely know is ours feeling every wonderful outcome as if it’s already come to be all the while brimming with a faith nearly unimaginable to anyone else yet a faith we know God is always well more than good for – that’s the secret to writing the story of your life and as fortune shines within you it’ll surely arrive in the end as one that was vividly complete as an amazing narrative with high adventure, thrilling victory and a truly deep satisfaction in the soul that says i lived a wonderful life – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

it’s all a walk…

January 31, 2015

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that at times just seems to slip into a race and then when we let it we end up living this otherwise wonderful thing called life like nothing more than that of a rat – and that’s just never a path that any of us should ever travel upon – yet so many of us do day-in and day-out never even realizing that we’ve steadily given up our very own freedom to a life of caring so much about everything that just doesn’t matter taking complete precedent over the very precious and few moments between us that truly do – after all it’s in these precious and few moments where the lasting memories are made that’ll lift up the soul for a lifetime – and let it further be said that we can never overstate the immeasurable value of leading a life that’s open to truly living fully alive – yes of course there’ll be times and patterns that’ll happen that we would’ve rather not been a part of yet it’s in these times as well that with the right attitude in tact of finding the silver lining can lead us straight up into the enlightened state of gaining a far greater love within our heart there for us and indeed the whole wide world to become that much the better by – yet that only happens when we keep our thankfulness for everything we can think and even more importantly speak of even higher than that of what it was just the day before – and therein lies a most unnecessary end for far too many of us who instead in reality actually remain blind to all that we think we are seeing – in other words we’ve arrived in becoming all caught up in a self-styled and friend-supported illusion that in fact has actually descended into nothing more than that of a life of highly deceptive delusion – yet it just doesn’t have to be that way as an immeasurably heartfelt thankfulness in and for life itself is indeed the gateway to all and everything that we’ve ever dreamed of – however the many of us will only ever dream of this far greater life because we’ve already almost unconsciously decided long ago that we have a station in life that’s both well-defined and with self-suffocating limits which means we will go no further than right there – however when thankfulness is truly felt and given for all to see and thrive by just in witnessing how you lead your life from one minute to the next then an altogether much more wonderful life of unlimited possibilities becomes your very reality – and it’s in this loving place where the race is now only ever a delightful option purely for the fun of it and the walk to where you know you’ve always been meant for is simply a steady one with the light of the love of God guiding the way – and that’s the way of a life well-lived with our loved ones well-loved and our mission indeed already complete – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

there’s a secret to life…

January 14, 2015

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is what he said to me just a few nights ago and just several days after his 91st birthday – there’s a secret to life in that you never take any s*** from anyone and you always do your best to be nice to people, that’s the secret to life he said – and as those words arrived from my esteemed and well-loved world war 2 veteran friend who is in picture-perfect health in every way i have to say i entirely agree – i mean at 91 he walks daily at least a couple of miles at a clip at the same speed anyone a third of his age in taking a brisk walk would do – at 91 there’s not one single slip in his mental acuity as he’s every bit as sharp as a recent phd grad a third of his age yet he comes equipped with nearly a century of well-earned wisdom – i dare say if my friend was the one behind the desk at 1600 pennsylvania avenue this good old country of ours would be quite better off than where it’s at at the present – it’s further right on the mark in saying he’s everything as conversationally gifted as he is a wonderfully compassionate friend to us all in the highly spirited and completely genuine way in which he lives out his every day within our wonderful little community – and for it all we are indeed very blessed to have him in our lives – it’s been my great fortune that he’s been a very nearby neighbor for quite unbelievably nearly a decade now and to say i’ve become that much the better of a person just in knowing him is altogether an understatement – in fact over anyone i’ve ever known in my entire life he’s been the one i’ve most steadily gone to for advice or just a really good talk as i’ve never known anyone with such a deep level of truly engaging wisdom as coming from so many successfully well-lived years throughout such an extensive lifetime – that’s what it is and that’s what so satisfyingly happens every time i talk with him – and then what makes him even better than anything i’ve already said is his brilliantly comedic wit that we very thoroughly battle back and forth with just to see how long we can keep the perfect fun of an entirely nonsensical conversation going just because we wanted to, ha! – and then there’s the fact that he’s a fellow bird of the fearther in loving music above all else which led to his very long ago becoming quite the talented piano player – if you could only be so lucky to have him play a few melodies for you you’d always remember the smile you felt in seeing someone so happy in simply playing a song for his friends –

anyway that’s some of what it is in having one louis grouber or lou as everyone so fondly calls him as your neighbor and your friend – in a lifetime we have very few true friends let alone neighbors that become friends yet for me i have both and God-willing he will be a great friend for many more years to come – in closing this introduction i say to you lou thank you for setting me straight every time i’ve ever needed it and especially when i didn’t even realize i needed it – thank you as well for always leaving me feeling even better than i did before we had a chat whether it was for a minute or the better part of an entire afternoon – and lastly thank you above all else for simply being such a beautiful inspiration to all those ever so fortunate to cross your pathyou my friend are one-of-a-kind and we all love you! – wishing you all God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

life in an instant…

January 9, 2015

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truly can be everything so wonderful we can ever imagine yet there’re still moments that arrive that we’d never wish for in all of eternity – and that’s what it is when someone so exceptional comes to what the doctors believe very well may be an end from a most tragic and entirely inexplicable accident – as to why a young man like adam as well-adored and well-loved as a husband and a father and a friend as well as a highly-respected artist throughout the southern reaches of america would so suddenly and undeservedly meet such a pending fate is a question only for God that an entire lifetime of asking may never be met with a reply in the way of anything we can ever understand – and that’s just how it is – yet i for one have ever so thankfully come to discover in the recent years of my life that we can never underestimate the power of prayer and the collectively immeasurable strength of the prayer of many in so many times having such a beautifully supernatural affect on what may seem to most impossible yet prayer as the light of God proves otherwise – to many this is what’s called a miracle and they definitely do happen – and even though i may personally know only a very few of you so generous to me in reading these inspired words i nonetheless am asking you with all of my heart to open yours just the same in saying a prayer for a miracle for our dear friend adam newman in atlanta – further from there to share this request in every way that you can is a great blessing everything the same – Adam is a very good man with such a perfect heart and he and his wife and little daughter all need us now more than ever – thank you, godspeed to you and may God bless you in every way ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

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