The verdict is in, and it seems that no matter how long I live, it isn’t going to be long enough. Those who know me know that besides meditation and music, I also paint, and of course I write a lot, and I love to read. Mix these things with yard work, family time, and … work, and it equals up to no time to waste.
So tonight I sit here in my garage office, surrounded by instruments of various sorts. There are boards and canvass to paint on and bottles of paint and brushes. Most of the art stuff is all in one place because I haven’t painted lately, but there are paintings everywhere. Most of them are mine, but there are a few paintings by my favorite painter Aileen Harris too. There are boxes of CD’s, speakers, guitar strings, lots of books, bills, my calendar, my notebook, filing cabinets, and then there is Lily’s Barbie bike, her swimming pool noodles and her boogie board. Also, my wife Heather stores some of her photography props out here. The recycling bins are here, and then there is the lawn mower and other yard equipment. My dad left a Georgia Bulldog cooler and some Bulldog chairs, and we plan on taking them to the Georgia/Florida game. He also has some fishing rods in the corner. I am surrounded by all this that I love and sometimes I feel such a longing that I don’t know how to describe it. I want to do everything all at the same time and forever.
I have a lot of really cool odds and ends too. People bring me elephant statue’s and all kinds of things elephant. I have a wooden turtle from Costa Rica that is actually a beautiful sounding flute. I have a really neat incense burner, an antique door knob, and a rock with two trees on it that are made of copper wire(from my friend Miss Charlie). This year we had huge sunflowers in the garden, and now I have them all tied together and hung upside down from the ceiling so that they dry out and we can use the seeds from them for next year. They are tied together with some kind of music cable and they hang from the rail that the garage door goes up and down in, but past where the door goes.
Right now it is a mess in here, but I don’t really care too much. If I was one of those ancient kings, I would be buried in a tomb just like this, but for now, I am alive and I will live in this beautiful world that surrounds me. Tomorrow I will do some clean up, but for tonight I am going to go meditate and go to bed. As I always say; “It’s a tough life, but somebody’s gotta do it!” I’m doing my best, but I’m going to run out of time.
Kyle Shiver is an inspirational speaker, blogger, energy healer, meditation instructor, minister, life coach, artist, and musician. He currently resides in Savannah Georgia, with his wife Heather, their daughter Lily Belle, their cat Maximus, their fish named Jasmine Coconut Tiana, and two turtles named Snow Ball and Snow Flake.
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