"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....Etched In The Sky.....

…..Etched In The Sky…..

Some M5T’s come quickly to me.   Others I simply need to digest for weeks, sometimes months.   Some I agonize over, and others I simply relish rolling around ideas in my head, taking time to think through things that I find beautiful, evocative, or amusing.  Today’s M5T has taken months to finish.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve finished it yet.  For months now I have been studying contrails.  The contrast of a stark white stream of tiny ice crystals against an azure-blue stratosphere has always struck me as a most wonderful metaphor for life, which is what M5T is etching today.

1.  A Canvas

Contrails silently transform the canvas of clear sky.  Elegant brush strokes that invoke the power of imagination, a hunger for a journey, a wanderlust envy or a study of motion; begging the question of what will you do with your canvas today?

2.  A Flight Plan

Contrails are the result of a fully prepared flight plan with a defined destination.  As we look up into the sky we can see the plane is going somewhere, but we don’t know where it will land.  What’s your flight plan?  Do you know where you are headed in your life or are you an observer, looking up, knowing that you’re going somewhere but uncertain where you will land?

3.  A Perspective

Contrails are motion; people going places.  They define, separate, give a perspective and a depth, and make an impact as we draw our eyes upward.  What is your perspective? Will you make the most of your time while you are soaring?  What mark are you leaving behind you? How do others see your own personal contrail?

4.  A Sharpness

Contrails are sharp at first, then get fuzzy and blurry.  They cross-hatch the sky, then fade away either through time, clouds, or the end of a day.  Much like our memories, we need to keep them fresh or they will change or be forgotten.  Much like our passions in life, which if left untended, ignored, or taken advantage of they will fade and disappear.  Are you you be prepared to keep your memories and passions fresh?

5.  A Need

Contrails need clear skies.  They can’t be seen on stormy or cloudy days or in the darkness of night.  They are at their most brilliant when carved into the deep rich blues of a cool dawn, or the yellow/orange hue of the sky warmed at sunset.  We all know that the storms and clouds of life can impair our vision for the future, hide our feelings and suppress our needs and desires.  How will you make the most of your life on the brightest of days when your vision is the most clearly defined? 

Here’s to a week of etching your own contrails across blue skies.

© 2018 D. Paul Graham, all rights reserved.  

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.  

You can find M5T each Monday here on www.southmag.com  and by friending D. Paul Graham on Facebook.  Paul is also a contributing photographer to South Magazine.  His photographic work can be found on Instagram @dpgraham and at www.imageGRAHAM.com .