"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham
The forces of storm clouds over the Florida coast
Photo: D. Paul Graham
Monday 5 Things…..Forces…..
Every day for a week, from the balcony of the condo, I would watch this scene unfold. Like clockwork at 2:30, the storm clouds would start to form from the west and the beach-connoisseurs would start to pack up and leave. By 3 pm, the lifeguards would be chasing beach-rookies off as they continued to play in the ocean, oblivious to the thunder and lightning leading the storm front. By 3:15 to 3:30 the first rains would start. It was at this point that I would ask myself, “why do the same people who just spent hours in the ocean, their skin wrinkled from the salt water and reddened to a pinkish medium rare hue, why do they run frantically to their cars as if they will melt in the rain?” But I digress. Previously white puffy cumulus clouds transformed to beautifully ominous strata of black and grey as they violently collided with warm moist air off the ocean. By this point the heavy winds began and sideway sheets of rain pummeled the beach. Forces. Each afternnon I would reflect on the many forces that we face every day. Irresistible compulsions, negativity, and perhaps even depravity, that collide, often fiercely, with the forces of disciplined choices, positivity, and decency. Forces that we can choose to allow ourselves to be vulnerably buttressed by, to rebuff or to embrace for growth in our lives. We each respond to forces in our own way. Today, M5T once again simply queries responses to forces that we can choose, shape, live, and become.
Will I be a force for me, or a force for we?
Will I be a force of ruination and demolition, or a force of reclamation and restoration?
Will I be a force that maligns and disrupts, or a force for morality and virtue?
Will I be a force that accuses and impedes, or a force that absolves and influences?
Will I be a force that is abbreviated and fleeting, or a force for permanency and legacy?
Here’s to a week of refusing to be dispassionate to the forces at work in our lives.
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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.
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