Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

Mondays are just young Fridays

Very early this morning, I couldn’t help but glance westward to the brilliant full moon hovering above the CN tower and office buildings of downtown Toronto. The lights inside the sky-high structures not nearly as bright as Luna, but nonetheless picturesque.
   It was a beautiful scene capturing the city I live in and the celestial delight that has guided me for as long as I remember.
   And, I without my camera.
   Pre-coffee, I was not awake enough, or wise enough, to reach into my pocket and at least snap a few shots with my mobile device. I didn’t think, at the time, my simple phone would do the Moon any justice. I instead held the scene in my head.
   While there is a certain convenience to the trusty mobile device, I prefer to use my camera where I have a greater selection of focal lengths and can more artistically control the light entering the lens.
   The camera, I feel, gives me the control I need. Even in the darkness.
   It is all about control.
   I have spent a lifetime learning the intricacies and settings of a camera and its lenses, both digitally and in the more traditional film format. A true camera allows me to make photographs and not simply take snapshots. I like to control and compose as I go through this life. My camera allows me to do that, when I have it with me.
   I later searched the digital files of my computer to find one photo or anther of the Full Moon. I have many times captured both the subject and its essence, but I did not this morning.
   I will however remember this morning’s Moon.
   And I will regret not being prepared enough, or aware enough, to capture what was before me. I did not have the control I wanted.

02/26/2026                                                                                   j.g.l.

times change

When do you decide to make a change?
   Are there circumstances that force you to rearrange the way you run your life?
   Health concerns, living arrangements, sudden interests, or new people and possibilities.
   Change is not always organic.
   Sometimes we have to fight with old habits and patterns, while other times change just happens (good or bad). We still need to rethink what is important.
   How do you decide, and where do you begin?
   The answers can be found, only, within.

© 2019 j.g. lewis


Words intentionally scribbled in an old notebook, a quote from someone or somewhere. that often comes to mind.
   ‘Do what is right, not what is easy.’
   Many people have said it (or variations of such), so attributing the inspirational words to somebody specific is more difficult to understand than the moral itself.
   A powerful thought from someone who probably thinks more than me (and I do a lot). It is not easy, and sometimes my thoughts are not right, but I try to own them.

02/23/2024                                                                                           j.g.l.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on May 9, 2016 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment


Listen . . .
not to the mental graffiti and emotional traffic staining your thought process,
and not to the persistent and ever-present vocabulary of the naysayers and ne’er-do-wells. It is only noise.
  Listen, past the clutter that distracts from your true thoughts and intentions, and find solace by being, seeing, and believing in your self.
  Your voice counts.
  The voices of others — at times knowledgeable and appreciated — still do not speak earnestly to who, or what, you need to know.
  Only you can do that.
  While it may become difficult deciding, or culling through the options and potential solutions to personal predicaments, only you can find the answer.
  Only you possess the knowledge and thoughts that are best for your self. Consult your memory; remember how it was or how it could have been. Utilize the wealth of wisdom built up over your time on this planet. Yes, you’ve made bad decisions in the past, and these should also be referenced.
  It is important to be aware we all cannot survive in isolation, that we live in world requiring us to deal with a wide variety of people and personalities. In this diversity we find ourselves.
  We are individuals.
  Avoid the trash talk and melodious bafflegab of the soul-sucking corporations trying to steal your persona by turning you into somebody else, or be like all the others.
  Be yourself.
  If we buy into the marketing and messages of timeworn merchants of confusion, or the chatter of threadbare zealots, you cannot, and will not, see past the borders they set up before you.
  Establish your own boundaries.
  Remain as individual as you are, listen to your self, and be reminded it is a voice of value. The opinions and attitudes of others often invade plans of where you want to go.
  Heed the good advice offered, take it with grain of fault, and make sure it is good for you.
  Don’t let the noise steal your piece.

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