Thursday, July 1, 2010

Arriving Somewhere but not Here

Today I threw Porcupine Tree's 2005 realease Deadwing into my CD player. I hadn't listened to this album in awhile. I remember how my friend Cas was trippin' off of the track Arriving Somewhere but not Here. He would listen to the song over and over. Sometimes music is addicting...well, music is always addicting, but that is beside the point. I think it is more succinct to say that sometimes individual songs are addicting. Like your own personal brand of heroine...if you know what i'm sayin'.

I certainly went through an addiction with this album. I dig it. But the song Arriving Somewhere but not Here reminded me of something we all know and understand. Life never turns out how we expect it too. I happen to think that that is one of life's Grand Designs (to use a different band's song title).

Ten Years ago, I wanted to be graduated from school. I never thought that I wouldn't graduate until I was nearly 35. I certainly didn't want to graduate from Weber State University either. However, I must say that I enjoyed my time at Weber State University and if I hadn't gone there I would never have enjoyed some experiences that reside on my so called "bucket list."

Since creating a short tale called "The Time Toilet" in the fifth grade I have wanted to be a writer. I have written short stories and books, but have yet to be published. That's o.k. I am still Arriving Somewhere, but not Here. To quote the band Rush, "the point of the journey is not to arrive."

With all of life not turning out the way I expected, I could have chosen to be bitter. Instead, I have learned to see that life can be exciting and tomorrow you may be in a new and exciting place. I have also learned that today's challenges and puzzles are not yesterday's. New meaning and insight will arrive, as well as new people and experiences.

More important than arriving somewhere is becoming. The Japanese have a business philosophy called kaizen. It's a word for "continual change for the better," or "improvement." They use it for business and learning. I think that kaizen should be a way of life, of continually changing and improving life, relationships, work ethics and the overall quality of your life and the lives of others. If one continually adopts this philosophy I believe you truly will be Arriving Somewhere, but not Here.

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