When in doubt, watch the waves break

persistence is the key to success

Earlier, I wrote about dealing with broken sleep patterns. I’ve been living with insomnia since I was a teenager. It’s just something I live with. I don’t expect to fix it in this lifetime.

Like I said earlier, instead of complaining about it, I made it into a strength. I sleep when I can.

Believe me, I’ve tried pretty much everything but drugs. I’m not going on medication. Prescription meds screw up people’s livers and kidneys and may also contribute to our growing cancer rates.

I’ve also written about the importance of having something to look forward to. That’s one of the keys of happiness. Remember how excited kids would get when they couldn’t wait to do something?

There is peace in nature

Beethoven was a huge fan of spending time in nature. He said that nature was the only time he was truly at peace.

Luckily for me, we live by several beaches. When the weather is nice, we take a nice stroll along the beach. It’s nice and peaceful.

We all need to do this often. Maybe you aren’t blessed with a beach by you. However, you may have mountains or a river. When was the last time you visited your mountain or river?

Do this stuff often, my friends. You’ll find that it not only recharges your batteries, it’s also inspirational. If you’re an artist, sometimes, this is what was missing. Let nature be one of your primary muses.

A few days ago, I wrote an article on what I considered to be the best pieces of the Romantic era. In my list, I put Beethoven’s 6th above his 9th. As great as his 9th is, Beethoven’s 6th truly captures his love for nature. You’ll hear everything from tempests to bird calls in the symphony.

About the image

Cover shot taken by yours truly at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. It’s been beautiful after an unusually long rainy season. Yet more reason to go outside and enjoy!


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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