Been re-watching one of my all time favorite movies this evening, The Last of ther Mohicans, Staring Daniel Day Lewis.
I have always thought this poster is quite iconic.
There are a lot of things I like about this film: For one, I really enjoy Daniel Day Lewis. The man is a trrememdous actor and he has only gotten better with age. As dark as it was, There Will Be Blood by the Coen Brothers really demonstrated his talant. 
Another thing about this film I really enjoy is the cinematogrophy. You can tell the landscape is real; it is not a sound stazge and it is absolutely gorgeous!
It makes me wish that I could have enperienced America at that time. when the land was wild and untamed. 
It was a time when life had no false pretenses of security. Life could be and often was cut short in ways that most of us would never imagine these days.
It was also a time of unparalleled freedom; a man could make his own way in this world. If you had the determination to walk into the wilderness and carve out a life in it, that was your choice.
I believe Hawkeye (Lewis) said it best. When asked how he could plan to go west when there was a war in the land, he said, "Its simple, you head north, then very sudden like you turn left..." If a man had a notion and a will he did it.

If  I am really honest,  I have to admit that I want to be like Hawkeye. I want to make my way in this world unincumbered by the expectations of others. I seek to be free of tyranical government that says one thing and does another. I desire to be free of dependence on anything other than the grace and provision of God almighty. As H.D. Thoreau said, "To live life deliderately.... and suck all the marrow out of life..."

That being said, I have tio pose a question. "Is it possible for a man to live life this way?" I do not know about you, but I sincerely hope so. More so, I intend to spoend the rest of my life finding out

Living Deliberately,

There are so many things about each of the seasons that I enjoy, but there is something in particular about springtime that stirs something deep within me.
I guess its like seeing old friends after a long, long time. "Hello grass, its so nice to see you again!" Mattie sure was happy to see the green stuff again. There is nothing like a good role in fresh spring grass! 

I think Sweetie Pie, our beloved family pitbull, missed the gerass too. People who think that pitbulls are merciless killers have been grossly misinformed; it is people who are merciless killers. Pitbulls like Sweetie however, are mild-mannered, pillow loving, cuddly, cover-hogging, grass-rolling, big-lipped lick you all over, tough as nails, members of the family. And she absolutely LOVES SPRINGTIME!

This is Max the Beagle...

This is Mattie riding Max the Beagle. A year ago, Mattie had just turned one, which was far too young for riding beagles. But now, she is two, and being two plus being springtime equals beagle rides (Pitbull rides are also popular).

Here is Mama and Mattie in the grass. Sadly, a lot of people, when they get home from work, sit down in front of the hell-a-vision Nothing gives me greater joy than watching my wonderful family play together in the grass in the springtime!

Here is me with a very happy Max the Beagle in my lap, in the grass, in the springtime.

Its amazing all the ordenary, every day little things we have to be thankful for when we take the time to be. So many times we, self included, forget how wonderful life is really.
To Quote the great Captain Agustus McRae, played by Robert Duvall, in Lonesome Dove - "If you want any one thing too badly, it's likely to turn out to be a
disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the
little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself."
Here sis hoping God grants you the contentment to enjoy the little everyday blessings you encounter today.


    About Pat Ward

    Pat is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Theology & Ministry and Equine Business. He has worked as a pastor, ranch hand, and a veterinary technician. His current occupation is Route Sales Representative for Schwan's Home Services.




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