Yesterday marked two years since I started this blog Connection to You on Father’s Day 2012. I’ve seen writing a blog takes boldness, depth and a special kind of giving over this time. It’s been exciting and changed my life.
I celebrated yesterday at the Cliff House, a San Francisco restaurant that overlooks the Pacific. My wife, two daughters, and my sister Mary from Chicago were with me on this special afternoon.
My only sister went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s a great painter and creative artist. In fact, Mary and I spent some time working on the cover design for my novel Working the Glass. As an artist, she sees in pictures and then draws them; I visualize in words then write them.
The Cliff House stands out as a spiritual place as any you will find in this world. From your seat in the Bistro restaurant, the waves dramatically break along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. It’s a great vantage point. This is a striking image and probably more stunning at dusk. I looked out at the waves crashing on the beach and realized that one thousand miles of ocean was giving its life up on the sand.
Then we went outside to an overlook of the ocean. Sea salt sprayed up into our faces from the waves in the distance. You can’t ignore the scene. A 15-mile wind blew in from the ocean. It’s always windy near the Cliff House or at least every time I’ve been there.
Then we noticed a group of ten Brown pelicans flying in a line about 100 yards out. As they flapped their large wings, the stiff winds blew them closer and closer to where we stood. Their features on the faces became clearer. They were majestic birds. Beautiful corners of creation as any as they might say in Ireland.
And like you and I, those pelicans are battlers who have learned from experience. They persist in a world that pushes them in a direction they don’t want to go. But they are undaunted in their drive and ambition. For that one moment, there was no boundary between them and me.
Then we walked to another overlook to gaze back to the Pacific. I realized that we are at the edge of this great North American continent. And Japan was 3,000 miles out across the western sea. And there was no boundary us and them. Nothing between us.
You can’t go back if you are to really live and be a creative person. The world needs your boldness and depth. Take it out into the place of adventure, mystery, and unknown. Across that great magical sea.
You going deeper and taking the courageous voyage will create the synergia with others. Whether you are reading the tea leaves or enigma intercepts, it’s time to hone your intuition and follow your authentic path.
It demands courage. You could fail but what true journey of the soul isn’t risky? We want the artists and writers that are not afraid to show the way. The studious and hardworking.
Shallowness had its time and has been found wanting. If you display too much puffery, you are gone from the creative stage. Others beg for attention and they’re ousted as well. The heuristic shortcuts, while trendy, can’t help you either. The age of the detail, discernment and depth has moved upon us.