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love lost in a time of tragedy…

November 21, 2015

can only ever lead any soul to wonder why desperately hoping there’s some far greater reason well beyond anything we’d typically ever realize in this version of what we know to be as life – and so it was that a very happy couple barely 2 degrees away from a new and rather stately friend of mine arrived for a celebration of a decade of loving happiness together for what they surely felt would be for a lifetime – as they traveled along with all of the mirth and merriment of jolly old england to the city of love and the very cafe where they’d first met and fell for one another one can imagine they surely further had to be feeling so very thankful for the life they’d come to live together in one another’s arms these past many years – and then all in an instant everything changed, forever

everything changed forever right as blind hatred crossed their path with a most senselessly devastating end – right there and then a good man lost his wife that evening just as so many others lost their lives so suddenly so unexpectedly and ever so crushingly, and it’s not alright and one can only wonder when it ever will be again – as for why such an end would find it’s way into any of the lives lost in paris just seven days ago let alone a wife being swept off of her feet in such a loving fashion as that of what it is to celebrate her wedding anniversary in the very location of where her life changed forever for the better is indeed a question that’ll likely never be answered –

surely the pain in wondering why for this one man, the friend of a sister of a friend, already’s a nearly unbearable cross to bear yet with the love of the better part of all of the world at his side we can only hope he’ll indeed in some way come to draw upon that collective strength in finding his way back to living, for the both of them… surely his minutes must now feel as if they’re years as much as the years they had together must now feel as if they’d passed by in minutes, and of course such is the story of life for us all yet for this man it’s all now far more different than likely any of us can ever imagine – and for that and all of everything as to why we’re given a life, in the end it’s all only ever a matter of how we loved in the time we lived – and so very clearly these two truly lived and loved and for one of them died at the height of love and everything so wonderful about it yet for them both they’ll always know that’s where they were and what they had when their time came to an end of what it is as we know it in this version of life –

in helping him and all of the others in somehow eventually coming to find a greater peace let us pray with all of our hearts sending every thread of love we possibly can – let us keep them in our thoughts as we come together in a world of solidarity never letting any further life to be given to those only seeking to kill – let us have the strength to say what we mean as well as to mean what we say – and Joseph while I may not know you my heart nonetheless goes out to as I pray for you and all of the others hoping healing will indeed happen as peacefully as possible and as completely as possible everything the same – wishing you all God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

i wonder of the word…

November 11, 2015

in another world all the way on the other side of here – i wonder if the good word and the way of the love that arises long ago already found it’s way through another people maybe already so far ahead of us and maybe even very far behind – i wonder if the good word will ever be heard by all of the great many so desperately in need of it yet never having heard it – i wonder where and when i’ll next be led in giving more of everything i’ve already been so richly gifted with – and yet i no longer wonder if i’m ready as the greater steps in this entirely unexpected journey i’ve been on in recent years all’ve given me an inner strength and a nearly unwavering peace unlike anything i’ve ever felt ever before –  

in the way that i’ve finally come to better comprehend it it’s a truly fascinating ally well beyond any other as the word and indeed the words within me all are constantly gathering to the far further favor of not only to me in what I may hear yet as well as to that of the many i’m led to meet all along the way – after all compassion is king and in every turn that i’m now finding a way to share it, i’m further finding that i’m feeling like the very richest of all of the kings there ever have been – the gift of seeing the life return in another’s eyes as arriving from the simple grace in sharing kindness truly completes me – and in those moments of feeling complete i further imagine that indeed the good word certainly travels well beyond this one little world we call home and that it likely always has and that it likely always will and then again from there I wonder even more – wishing you one in the very same and all of God’s blessings ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

it’s all on the other side…

November 5, 2015


of simply going for it or so it would seem from so much of everything ever said by all of those seemingly already in the know – in other words it would appear that all of the truest satisfaction ever to be found only ever actually appears when you finally arrive – and in some ways that certainly is true – however, in many others it’s a far grander equation than simply one thing leads to another – one thing does quite often lead to another when it’s with intention in getting to the greater goal, and indeed done with discipline every one thing collectively can further lead to our arriving right there at the destination of our dream – and that destination certainly can be exceptionally rewarding yet it’s all for not when the destination being sought after’s missing the joy of the journey in getting there –  

it’s truly appreciating the joy in the journey that not only breeds greater happiness in the end yet it inevitably clears the path in making sure we never miss out on all of the adventure all along the way – and it’s in the adventure as to where the overriding happiness in life always happens – and why in the world would any one of us ever desire to miss out on any of that? – after all we’re not here to live under a condition of if and when and then I’ll be happy anywhere near as much as we are in simply living in the here and now in the present, deciding we’ll be happy all along the way – 

one minute ago’s already all the way gone and one minute from now may indeed never arrive – in fact it’s come to a greater light in the finest of neuroscientific discoveries that we really never have any way of truly perceiving anything other then a couple of seconds just before the present and maybe two more into the future beyond that – and maybe to say it best as to why that is is simply to say it is what it is –  

in the greater spirit of comprehending just that is what ultimately redelivers me right back to where I am in just this very moment – and as I do everything that fear’s been doing it’s best in trying to get the better of me just vanishes and I return to who I am and indeed who I was born to be right from the very beginning fully ready to live with the greatest of passion thriving in the giving of every God-given gift I’ve ever been so fortunate to be blessed with – following from there only the best of everything that ever was as well as the best of everything I’ve ever imagined possible instantly and ever so beautifully become all that I now can see – and that is happiness in the state of perfection – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

for a friend unlike any other…

October 9, 2015


we’ll only ever remember you in the lense of very loving eyes and what it was to have the blessing of your constant companionship for these past 2 years – little fella you clearly were the sweetest of souls as you went about living with a zeal and a zest for every ounce of life you ever had in hand – you my friend lived with a surety and a flare that at once said i’m so happy just to be here as much as it said so calmly welcome to my world – you had a confidence many on 2 legs never gain in a lifetime yet with you there it was for any and all to see and smile at in any given moment… 

and then there was your favorite pastime riding shotgun not in the front seat of the car yet rather right across the shoulders of your loved ones, and for it i’ll never be the same – even more so as you did just the same one more time just 2 evenings ago, little fella you moved me and i thank you for it as that and you were the perfect embodiment of love and you always will be – 

your stay in this fascinating thing we call life was clearly far too brief yet with your every moment you touched us all – why you arrived in a severely compromised fashion we’ll never know yet my goodness the fortitude and the fight you pressed on with served as an inspiration in every way – the way in which you could leap to the heavens during gametime well beyond that of the others was truly exceptional and clearly said i love my life – and little fella we loved your life as well, we loved your spirit and in fact we loved everything about you and that’ll truly live on forever – 

as to when we’ll meet again I feel it may have already been yet that’s a tale maybe best saved for another time – as for now our hearts are hurting and our thoughts are longing to see you just the one more time knowing one day off in the distant future that indeed we will – godspeed to you little winston, we all love you ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

one single thread of spirit left…

September 26, 2015

is a feeling for some of us from time to time that can tend to be entirely menacing yet that’s only if we ever let it begin to truly get the better of us – and that sometimes certainly seems far easier said than what it is to be done in getting back that seemingly all to elusive upper hand – yet it can be done and it must be done otherwise we’ll end up done – and thankfully it’s only ever a simple matter of taking inventory – yes it’s just a matter of taking inventory in the way of counting out the blessings, your blessings, each and every one of them you can possibly think of from the slightest of them all to the grandest of them all – 

and that’s quite possibly as simple as truly realizing just how fortunate you are in having your health or maybe it’s something as fleeting and uplifting as someone, maybe even a complete stranger, having smiled at you just minutes ago – and then again maybe you’re so fortunate to have at least one other human being somewhere in this wide and wonderful world of ours who absolutely loves you endlessly and unconditionally – and then again maybe you have at least the one exceptionally happy memory in your life that’d make for one of the sweetest scenes ever seen on the silver screen, and isn’t that just a beautiful feeling? – 

when we really truly give pause in reflecting outside and away of everything that the lesser of our emotions are presently doing their very best, or shall we say they’re very worst, in trying to get the better of us, it typically and quickly becomes very readily apparent that nothing that’s happening is really ever anything other than what we decide that it is – in other words we are indeed our very own master of this so-called reality as in a way it all flows so freely as the most wonderful friend that each and every one of our imaginations truly can be and in fact is – after all the finest of neuroscience taught us long ago that it’s in the imagination as connected to the central nervous system where the instantaneous genesis of everything we’re ever feeling happens in every waking moment, and isn’t that just amazing? –

what’s so sad for the many of us is never practically realizing that we are indeed the one and only leader in this game of feelings – and such a grand game that it is as it truly only ever is you or me, myself and i deciding what it is we’ll feel at every single turn, after all we’re the one on the throne – and it’s perfectly fine if you’re not believing me, yet I wonder if you’ll believe your very own memory and even more so your life’s single greatest memory? – so go ahead and give it a second or two as it’s coming to you, can you see it…….are you feeling that? –

ahh now isn’t that just wonderful and can anyone else see your newly-found smile? – feeling a bit if not a whole world better than you just were? – you know right after that of what is to be a loving light of simple inspiration in your every step on your every path, gaining the upper hand in the world of what it is we’re feeling is perhaps the most beautiful power you’ll ever find in this life – 

and now it’s up to you to do yourself a most wonderful favor by way of “installing” this highly unique and ever so powerful shall we say “happy app” right there front and center on the desktop of that likely highly over-active mind of yours, and from here forever moving forward simply tap on it anytime you’re ever feeling less than where you’d like to be – it’s a neverending gift of truly priceless peace as the unlimited power within you all as gifted by the most perfect of God-given design – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

that feeling of fall…

September 1, 2015


is simply an exquisite one for me and it always has been – indeed i can even feel it under the blazing sun of what it still very clearly is on a florida day come the first of september – at a time in life when thoughts of wonder and thoughts of grandeur still fill my heart with a passion for the ages, such it is that i’m very much alive with all of the spirit of a still starry-eyed nine year-old just as it was in that wonderful year of 1979 – in further reflecting i’m realizing it’s been such a lasting blessing all along and likewise one that’s been so masterfully painted with the most colorful of all of the colors there ever have been – of course fall is yet to really arrive by way of the calendar let alone the total absence of anything in the way of a crisp cool day with that perfect breeze here in my part of the world, nonetheless something so comforting comes into my spirit as this day approaches and ever so thankfully here it is once again – and it is beautiful – it’s so beautiful in that i literally begin seeing everything with an entirely different set of lenses – rose-colored, rhyme-colored and very much constantly happy-colored, can you imagine such a thing? – 

well apparently and ever so thankfully i did all those many years ago as a child in the outer reaches of greater philadelphia and to this very day it’s been everything of a gift that a true gift ever could be – living life one day at a time with the best of intentions and the far better-fitting perspective that turns on inside of me every year on this very day gives me the further feeling that everything so wonderful and even greater than that is indeed possible and upon me – knowing the trees all’ll soon be dancing in their finest display and knowing the temperatures will more sooner than later return to the warmth of needing a well-loved sweater and an extra perfectly broken-in blanket for me is bliss – knowing the best of the holidays are all upon us with all of the majesty and memories of some of what it is that makes life so exceptional leads me into an even wider smile – and knowing the snow is getting ready to come out of retirement to once again cover the hills and the mountains with the color of peace has me all ready for the best of everything so wonderful about the world of skiing, and that as well makes me exceptionally happy – and so it is every year i’m constantly amazed that such a perfect feeling arrives within me in just the one minute right at the hand of midnight just as it did once again late last evening, and for it all i say with the greatest of sincerity, thank you God – wishing you one in the very same and God‘s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

the 12th light…

August 14, 2015


came in an instant after a season of many years of a far lesser feeling of love than anything i would’ve ever opted for, yet it did arrive – and thank God for it – in the classic light of saying it was just a matter of time i imagine rings rather true yet when it all began those very words only added to the hurt – nonetheless time certainly has ferreted out to be an ally in the healing yet in getting to that exact point it was a far greater matter of diving deep well beyond where i ever knew even existed – in other words in all of the intensive introspection day after day and for now what’s been year after year, it was the guiding word of God himself as he is within us that literally began writing the story of what can only be called the answer – and quite an answer it’s been in as great of a depth as much as that of a truly unlimited love unlike i’d ever felt before – and in that answer as to the why and the when and what would otherwise be a frightening what now, a far greater light of the very meaning of life itself and how to live it has been so lovingly revealed to me and that’s made it all well more than worth the tremendously painful freight that’s been paid on it in getting there –

in this time i’ve come to further understand with more and more of an instantaneous precision so many of the amazing ways that God’s hand is perfectly guiding me in all that i’m doing and in everywhere that i’m headed, and for that i am thankful well beyond what any words could ever express – and as that’s all happening i’m finding myself living every day with the truly soul-satisfying feeling that all is weller than well and that i am indeed on the very path of my greatest destiny – and in that destiny there’s further been a truly immeasurable faith now resonating within me that’s leading me into the fast lane of my dreams where i’m seeing and hearing so much more of everything that cannot be seen and heard yet i am as that’s the way of the light as it is within us as the holy spirit – it’s as fascinating as it is funny at times at how otherwise improbable something would seem to be in happening yet when we’re coming into a way of life of designing our days just to our liking and then seeing it happen we also now know why it’s happening – and that is truly living life as it was intened to be at the hand of God as simply met with a faithful vision – i can only imagine just how beautifully wonderful my second act is surely going to be and therein lies the brilliance of it all in that i, just like you, only need to imagine it as when it’s with God it’ll indeed most certainly come to be – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~


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