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Castles Built in the Sky

Do you have big dreams folks have told you were unattainable? Does dreaming the impossible seem impossible? Are your dreams so lofty you need to hop a ride on Pegasus to get there?

Think my original castle was being constructed somewhere near the planet…star…whatever it is now, Pluto. It was such an unheard of dream. It was a concept so foreign yet very needed but no one was quite sure how to interrupt it. I bet creator, Gene Roddenberry,  of Star Trek  series had the same experience in 1966. Can you imagine the idea of flip phone communicators, voice activated computers, and the GPS being introduced in the 60’s? Totally rad science fiction but the reality is, in 2015, some of those way out scifi devices are now old news. Gene Roddenberry’s wild imagination of high-tech gadgets and gizmos are common everyday things we use now. I doubt he thought toddlers would have handheld iPad like devices found on the Enterprise. Dream he did! Maybe his imagination sparked some young watcher to bring those neat devices to us today.

There will always be dream snipers. Their  words and negative reactions can be like an atom bomb exploding a dream into zillions of micro particles becoming space dust. But like in Star Trek and Star Wars, you can create defense shields. There is a learning curve and timing involved. The number one dense is to surround yourself with positive folks who believe in you. During a massive negative lasts you can seek affirmation and encouragement. Yes, use that communicator device to relay your need with a faster than light response! Use symbolic objects to remind you of your dream. My two are lighthouses and starfish.  I also read, The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley almost daily to remind me why my dream is so important.

Remember, your dreams are yours, no one else should take those from you.  My castle dream on Pluto is now in Carrollton, Georgia. Few believed it would ever find roots on the planet Earth. Many moons ago I told a friend of mine that by the age of 50 I wanted to see my dream come true. It is a week from my 51st birthday so I am still within the 5-0 timeline. Thank you, positive believer friends, Loren Eiseley, lighthouse, and starfish for being my deflector shield all these years.

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Cloud Dancer

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Ever have one of those impossible dreams come true? Did you feel like you were dancing in the clouds with excitement?

Dreams/wishes are great. When you stop dreaming you stop thriving. It is frustrating when it seems your dreams never come true. It is hard to remember that dreams/wishes happen in their own perfect time and way. Very few if any happen immediately after they appear in our thoughts. Some take many years to manifest. Most do not happen when we sit and wait for them. It is ok to have your head in the clouds as long as you are dancing to your dreams.

Never give up on your hopes, dreams, and wishes. Patience is difficult when there is an urgency in your heart to make things happen. Often it is very easy to stop having dreams when frustration sets in. Sometimes a person might even decide to sit and wait on their dreams perusing nothing until the dream happens. Your world cannot stop to wait on such. In fact, it seems dreams start to happen when a person is activity involved in a multitude of ways to boost things to promote them. Nothing is for free. There must be some exchange in order for dreams to come true.

All great things start from a tiny seed… or a dream. To grow a dream you need to continuously tend to it. Find others to help you tend your dream garden or build your castle in the sky. Meet with others who are cloud dancers, celebrating each small step towards their dream. Those folks are such positive motivators to keep the fire going. They are on the same journey so they understand. From dreams to reality, it is always worth celebrating each small step of the way. Turn up the music and dance away on your cloud filled with dreams of great things to come.

A personal shout out to a fellow cloud dancer who is celebrating his way to the stage. This young man is an outstanding performer and playwright, he will be one to follow as he moves forward to making his dream come true. Prentiss Matthews is the name of this ambitious young man. Follow him on Facebook on his journey. He is truly an inspiration to all dreamers and cloud dancers.

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The Sound of Happiness

While staying with my 91-year-old cousin, I noticed she hummed when she was moving about rearranging her pretties around the house. This reminded me of my Granny, when she was happy she whistled. Giving the topic more thought, I realized all the women of that era on my mother’s side of the family made a noise when they were happy. Several aunts would hum, another had a very low sing-song like sounds she would make while another older cousin would whistle tunes I am certain I heard sung on the Andy Griffin Show by the Darling Family. Sadly, no one in my generation does this. Not sure why we didn’t pick up on the happy sounds. Maybe it is due to the constant noise that surrounds our lives. Have you ever stopped to just listen to all the sounds? Over head lights buzzing, monitors from computers and flat screens humming, clocks ticking, air blowing from cooling fans on electronics, outside traffic noises, cell phone sounds, hand-held gaming sounds, microwave beeps, ice maker cubes dropping… the list is endless. We are bombarded with sounds every second even in our sleep. We barely notice them. I wonder if our brains are effected by all of constant sounds it is subconsciously interpreting? Wonder if anyone has ever thought of researching the effects of constant low-level sounds? Could this be a reason in our inability to concentrate? I realized how much I missed the soft sounds of my Granny’s whistling. Listening to my cousin’s humming as she went about her day was such a comforting sound. Her house doesn’t have all the gadgets and gizmos mine does. The sounds about her home are happy sounds as she goes about her routine. I wonder, if I turned off all the electronics in my house would I hum, or whistle?

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HeART Songs

Ever notice how your mood changes when you hear a song from your past? Happy memories associated with songs have a huge impact on emotions. It might be a song you sang as a child. It maybe one associated with a past relationship or friendship which reminds you of a fun time. Maybe it is a song from a special holiday. Who doesn’t giggle a bit when “Frosty the Snowman” is blasting over the speakers in a mall or on the radio. Even instrumentals can have a huge impact on your mood. Whatever sparks a positive chord in your heart make sure you tap into the tunes which make you smile daily. The next time you find yourself in a bad mood, turn on the radio or find your favorite cd to listen to some up beat tunes. Find your groove and strike some moves. Let the music fill your mind and soul. The key is to feel the music.

Ma White’s Bottom Radio Show was a live performance production in the town of Rockmart, GA. Between sets an announcer would provide commercial spots highlighting local businesses. The production set up was based upon common radio shows  back in the 1930’s. Many wonderful evenings of live music with a community connection spotlighting rising talent in the region.

Rockmart Theater, stage set up for the Ma White's Bottom Radio Show

Rockmart Theater, stage set up for the Ma White’s Bottom Radio Show

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HeART in the woods

Mossy heart Have you ever taken the time to see beyond the obvious when you are strolling in the woods? Lots of wonderful messages can show themselves when you take time  to think outside of the box. This just isn’t a patch of moss, it is a heart. Heart signs make me smile.

Tree soul heart I am willing to bet if you look close enough and add a touch of imagination you can see hearts everywhere in the woods. Sometimes, even in the wood you can find a heart. They are not perfect. Just like our own hearts are not perfect in thought and mind. Sometimes our hearts are not perfect physically either but they continue to supply a life force within us to continue on. Sometimes our heart breaks. Sometimes they need a boost. Other times, they over flow with love and compassion. Our heart can become cold. They are ever-changing based on our moods and experiences. Hearts in the woods do to. The environmental changes causing growth or decay, animals and people passing by who nibble or stomp on them, and the cycle we know as live also impacts them. When you see a heart in the woods, think about what it has weathered to reveal itself to you. What does your heart reflect to others when they pass by you?

Tree spirit smile There are other things in the woods besides hearts. I think this tree spirit is smiling because he knows you had no clue you were being watched.  More on these wonders later.

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Happy HeART Day!!

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Creative Tidal Wave wants to wish you a Happy HeART Day! Join me on a week-long journey exploring HeArt in nature. It is a slight obsession of mine to find nature formed hearts while out on hikes. I know I’m on the right path when I find one.

Do you have any visuals you seek out? Please take a moment and share your visual signs with me. I am curious what others seek out in their daily lives. What emotions flood you when you find your visual unexpectedly?

When I find a heart I am reminded to smile. I might be struggling on my journey when a sudden nature formed heart appears. At that moment I stop to enjoy and document the incredible find. I often take a moment to reflect on being grateful for the struggles, ability to feel such because I could be so much worse off not being able to wander about in the woods, and to ponder what other great wonders might be a head if I keep moving forward.

Paperclips are another “heart sign” for me. When not in the woods I seek paperclips. I do not take photos of them like I do the nature hearts. I do take a moment to remind myself that such appear when I need inspiration and encouragement. Paperclips hold things together. When I see paperclips they are like little virtual hugs. I smile and know I can continue forward and am not alone.

More HeArts to come!!

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Scooby Doo, where are you?

Where did he, Bugs and a few other great cartoon characters go? I sure miss the cartoon friends I grew up with. I have tried to watch the latest cartoon sorts but none bring the giggles and belly laughs I got from those from the 1960’s and 1970’s. I remember laughing a lot on Saturday mornings when I woke early just to catch the cartoon runs because they all disappeared shortly after lunch time. I want those days back.

You know, there is nothing wrong with adults watching cartoons. There is comfort in revisiting those TV friends who taught us more than we thought at the moment. Also they brought is comic relief. You know laughter is the best medicine. I truly believe that is true. In fact, I suggest to my Life Coaching clients they revisit their favorite cartoons. Yes, they might be a bit cheesy now but overall, they still make us laugh.

Life today is full of stressors. Take a few minutes when you are down or stressed beyond belief to youtube or Netflix or whatever means you have access to for some laughs. I promise it will change your outlook a bit.

Eeeeeeh, watch me paste that pathetic palooka with a powerful, pachydermous, percussion pitch. – Bugs Bunny

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Warning, suicide is contagious

Yes, it is true. Scary thought but I have personally witnessed this in a residential school. One student attempts suicide and then there is an outbreak of attempts. Check the research, plenty out there but few speak of it. Yes, suicide is contagious.

Robin Williams’ suicide has brought on massive media attention. From a television special to constant flows on Facebook and Twitter, the suicide theme cannot be escaped. A few will seek out the attention factor. Some will identify with the torment experienced justifying if it worked for such a famous person then it must be my solution as well. Some… well, it is an endless list of reasons why this event might lead to others in a copy cat situation.

If you know someone who is depressed or is dealing with a crisis and their behavior has changed, don’t wait, react. The behavior change might seem to be a positive swing from the usual down mood. People, that can be a warning sign. Sometimes if suicide is well planned the person will have a false state of comfort. Often they will exhibit overly nice behaviors such as giving treasured things away, calling to mend relationships, or send letters. Then again, others might become very withdrawn and isolate themselves. It is different for everyone.

Depression is not extreme sadness. Depression is an altered state of irrational thinking based upon perceived ideas or extreme torment which is constantly replaying in the person’s mind. This is one of the reasons I stand up for extreme bullying. Bullying can bring on depression. I read a good humorous explanation. ‘Depression cannot be cured by chocolate or a pint of ice cream like sadness can.’ Very true! Do not try to understand another’s depression. It is deep-rooted based upon experiences you may not be aware of. Also, depression can be physically painful. It affects the body at times. If you have constant pain, relief is your primary focus. Some think there is only one way to relieve it. The pain is so intense the thoughts of how the decision to stop it becomes stronger than the reality of how it will affect others. Yes, it is a self-inflicted selfish act but in the mind of the tormented personal relief is all-consuming.

Limit media exposure during a celebrity suicide media frenzy. Keep the positive flowing. If you know someone suffering from depression, keep tabs on them. Visit, call, and try to keep a positive dialogue flowing. Let them know you are available to talk or just hang out. Help prevent a copy cat moment. Extra time spent now might prevent a loss of life later and stop the cycle of others thinking about this ultimate escape.

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My Captain, My Captain… why?

No passing of a famous person has effected me like the passing of Robin Williams. I am a huge fan of his. He was also an example of success I used when speaking to others who struggle with ADHD and Learning Challenges. His wit and unstoppable motion made him the star and in my belief, a philosopher. He used his challenges as gifts to rise above.

But there is a dark side to ADHD and learning challenges. Often the struggles lead to addictions and depression. Many fail to treat the side effects of ADHD and LD. I often wonder if when we identify children and adults with ADHD why we do not address the side effects as seriously as do assigning the label. If counseling and positive alternatives to medications were added to the treatment and educational component to strive for success, how many lives might avoid the torment?

Depression is a reality when performance is a challenge. When a person is faced daily with perceived failures, bullies who pray upon such frustrating moments, and authority figures who demand nothing less than impossible unrealistic perfection. It isn’t unusual to find ADHD and Learning Challenged types to seek humor and comedy to combat the frustrations and depression. Laughter we are told is the best medicine.

Laughter can divert others from the pending embarrassing moment at hand. A quick wit can cover a multitude of oops or blonde moments. It often becomes a coping mechanism for many ADHD and learning challenged sorts. Though it is often a quick fix or a means to recover from a potentially worse embarrassing moment, the reality of what happened will be revisited. I believe this was the case with Robin Williams. He used his coping mechanism to its fullest yet it never gave complete resolve to the frustrations and challenges of his disability. Yes, I said it, ADHD is and can be very disabling.

ADHD and Learning Challenges cause the mind to be in constant motions. It rarely stops or slows down. It is the human mental processing form of the internet, a Google search engine on overdrive which is Yahooing on top of that mixed in with a touch of Bing.Trying running the 3 of those all at the same time and see how happy your computer is not. I can easily delete, cancel, and shut down my computer but the brain isn’t so easy to stop even one of these search engines. Plus the brain’s filing system isn’t as organized as a search engine. As I work with more and more adults with ADHD I am understanding why they chose drugs and other forms of distraction to stop the madness taking place inside of their heads.

Take time to seek help and support to help find outlets and non harmful ways to quiet the madness if you have ADHD. Let’s not lose another brilliant shining star to the emptiness of suicide as the only means to quiet their tormented soul. Let’s start implementing safe guards early on when ADHD is diagnosed. Educators, take depression seriously when you suspect a student is suffering. Parents, take your child’s mood swings seriously if they suffer from ADHD and struggle to maintain balance in their life. Friends, don’t let depressed friends suffer, help them seek help.
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” – Robin Williams
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1406611/remembering-robin-williams-10-greatest-robin-williams-quotes/#bimzHjlOQAzJgyLY.99

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Why I Write

That is a good question, why do I write? I accepted the challenge to answer this question but found it not a simple answer. Never thought of myself as a blogger. If you know me well you are probably wondering the same thing. I am a proof reader’s worst nightmare. My spelling issues are beyond the dyslexia level, I think I was just passed over then that gene was being handled out. And, there is this weird writing style I have. I would like to say e e Cummings was my English teacher and I acquired it from studying from the master but that would just be a lie. I know the rules but… When writing like this I prefer the flow method then to edit. Well, that’s a dyslexic nightmare. I am the worst choice to go public with my ramblings according to English majors and editors.

I do have a message and greater purpose. To narrow down the list, there are two main reasons I write. The first would be to offer hope to those who struggle with challenges. From personal experience and as an educator, I write about trends and solutions I have found to work. I blog about solutions anyone can try which are practical. The other reasons I write is to promote the healing factor found in the arts. I firmly believe the reasons students are failing and behavior is getting worse is due to the exclusion of the arts in all aspects of their lives. Sports are important too but the arts have a broader spectrum of meeting needs to all regardless of age or ability level. Creative Tidal Wave is about solutions, life long ones. It is about healing. And, it is about creating new pathways to integrating the expressive arts as a tool for success.

I would like to introduce you to two fellow bloggers I enjoy following.

Shannon Barrett is a Martha Beck certified Life Coach, a student of Positive Psychology and an energy wrangler. She uses all these tools plus her intuitive abilities to help her clients rediscover their focus. She is also a certified Level Two Crystalline Consciousness Technique teacher. Shannon writes about the synchronies that show up in her life, the things that fascinate her and the lessons she learns from her clients. You can find her new blog, “What I Have To Say,” at http://eshannonbarrett.com/say/. You can also find her on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/shannon.barrett2.

Eddie Snipes: I am a writer, gardener, and father of five. I manage a tech support group by day, and write by night.

Visit my site @ http://www.eddiesnipes.com
Just east of Crazy
Twitter: @eddiesnipes

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