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The summer heat and this crazy world of ours drove me to dig deep into my thoughts and realize that I can’t get off this bus. I have to deal with it, and the only way I can imagine how is through art, poetry, and travel. Another way is to share my thoughts, to vent, and connect with other similar souls in search of motivation and inspiration.

Someone once wished to get inside my mind if only for a few minutes, and understand the madness! If this would happen, the winding and intersecting gravel roads lined with thorns and flowers and spiderwebs would be revealed. Even cacti have flowers!  Sort of what some say of the rose; beautiful but can sting. I don’t think of myself as a rose, but more like a cactus. Not only because of my heritage but for all the damn prickliness I’ve endured. Life’s spears remind me sometimes of a painting of  St. Sebastian, but I’m not a saint. Just another person seeking answers.

If anything, painting, poetry, and traveling heal my bruised spirit, and my faith in God is the GPS to navigate this maze. Each day is a new day people say. I often think of those who work long hours under a brutal sun. Sweaty, and achy likely thinking of that cold brew waiting somewhere at the end of the day. I see them at gas stations after five. I wonder if they dream about a house, a Sunday barbecue, an education or maybe even a vacation? I admire them much, for with physical tiredness comes sleep, and with labor appreciation for life.

Please join me in this thorny trail of inspiration I have named Cactus in the Mirror. I will tell you why I named it Cactus in the Mirror on another post.

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