Poor little lonely grape.
Where did you come from? Where are you going?
I stand in line at the grocery store and wonder...
You were once surrounded by those you loved. Those you grew up with. Those who knew you from sprout to seed. Those who watched you develop your own purple color. Those who encompassed you while sharing the vine. You looked to your left. A grape friend. You looked to your right. Another grape friend. You looked behind you. Kind of a jerky grape, kind of a sourpuss -- but you still got along.
Was a child, lonely grape? A child -- too anxious to get home to wait to sample your fruity sweetness? Too anxious to feel the snap of biting into your familiar texture? Or was the child a little punk? Screaming and crying, and throwing a fit -- and in order for that little hellion to stop reaching for the KitKats, mom broke off a few grapes to satisfy him...but he threw you in rebellion.
Is that what happened, lonely grape?
Regardless, know this. We still love you, lonely grape. Yes, even though you probably have a seed (being purple and all). That's fine. We don't reject you, lonely grape. We care for you too. Though you were once a part of the vine and things can happen get you out of the fold -- (little devil children can pull you away, we know...we know) though you once were surrounded by grapes that knew and loved you --
-- don't stay alone, ok, lonely grape? Don't stay stranded alongside the conveyor belt. Don't buddy up and make friends with those good-for-nothing separators. They're trouble, friend. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with P and that stands for produce.
Produce like you.
Get back on the vine, lonely grape. We want you. Your grape brothers want you. Forget about the separators and those horrible little greedy kids. Come back to the bunch. We miss you.
"Keep your eye on the ball!!!" they always say. Live in the present they always say! Seize the moment yadda yadda. I'd like to present a contrarian point of view - always look ahead!
I was responding to a post at http://sett.com/spandrella/reasons-to-live then browsing the interwebs after looking at my stocks again. In that post I linked I ruminated on how transient life seems to be in the present... how everything we fall in love we may eventually fall out of love with. With that, in the present, there may not be anything that excites.
Anyway, I stumbled onto the tech geek accumulator sites and saw the possibilities for the future and all of a sudden got excited again. Cheap 3-d printing for the home user at 200-400$. Cheap homes made out of mass scale 3-d printing techniques and clay! Yayaya! I felt the inner passions rise and my consciousness awaken again. I was excited about life again - and all because I looked ahead.
I am starting to wonder now if always looking ahead is the way to go. Back when I used to play zombie apocalypse games there was a common trend to them all. You always had to keep moving forward. If you stayed in any one place/street/corner/box you were as good as dead - guaranteed. It's all because the resources to keep you alive don't continually spawn in that little 16x16 pixel space of gameworld you occupy. The resources are always spawning far and away out there in the expanses. You always needed to keep gunning and keep moving. You'd exhaust the resources on one small corner of the map as you'd go and you'd quickly move to find more weapons and healthkits. Stagnation was a sure ticket to death as the chances of resources spawning where you are at this exact moment were slim to none.
Life is kind of like that too. The things you need to advance in life don't show up at your doorstep - you need to grab the fruit down from the trees. So what does this all have to do with always looking ahead vs living in the present? Simple. In the present things may not be where we want them to be. We may not be doing what we want to be doing. We may not have all that we want to have. Everything is far off and away and the more we focus on what is now the more depressed we get. Sure appreciation and gratitude help lessen the sting but they alone don't give us the energetic jolt to move forward again and survive. We need that inspiration to get us off our asses even as the zombies close in all around us and make a mad dash for that next street corner where an abundance of resources await!
We found in this on Pinterest and because we had guests coming over I had to make it. My wife hates this but when people come over I have to try something brand new to make. The recipe I found called for a box of mix per pound of grapes but this Jolly Rancher box had easily enough for two pounds and that's the ratio Ill use in the future. To make them.
We chilled our grapes for a few hours after shaking and they turned out very nice.
This is about more than grapes though. This is about finding good people on the internet who share good things. It's too easy to get caught up in hearing about negative news on the television and it's hard to find stories about good things that happen. On the internet though, those people are everywhere. They are on Pinterest and Twitter. You have some of them on Facebook. Find them and you'll be rewarded with more than jello recipes.
Here's three to start with: John Saddington, Meagan at the Happiest Home, Mike at Adventures of personal development.