The Shorthand of Old Friends

No need to explain.

No need to hold back.

When old friends get together, there is an unknown “shorthand” used – that’s what makes it seem as if you’ve never been apart! It’s the shorthand of old friends.

 “They talked in the shorthand of old friends and shared memories.”

~ Dee Henderson, Before I Wake

Welcome Friends

image source (CC BY 2.0): Welcome Friends by Paul Schultz on Flickr
modified for Thoughts at Midnight by same license

Wake Up Friend

Wake up, friend…

“Midnight is another planet!
When the clock strikes twelve
and if you are asleep,
wake up, friend,
and discover the beauties of this new planet:
Discover the silence; discover the tranquility;
speak to the owls, speak to the moon;
greet the hedgehogs and disappear in the midst of the mists!”

~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Wake Up Friend

image source (CC BY 2.0): “Dark Woman” by SenoX 66 on Flickr

Maybe It’s OK If I’m Not OK

One late night after I struggled to fall asleep because of worrying about a close friend, the decision was made to find something that would hopefully ease their mind. So, I created this meme and read and showed it to them the following day. It was like an epiphany to them and if for nothing more than that day, all was OK in the world for them. They have thanked me for giving it to them, and I’ve since learned, that whenever all is not OK, they refer to it as a reminder.

As most memes go (quote images), this quote is not mine. It’s a part of the song lyrics from Maybe It’s OK by We Are Messengers. Thanks go out to them for writing it.

Perhaps, just perhaps, this meme was intended for you as well!

Maybe It’s OK If I’m Not OK

“Maybe it’s ok if I’m not ok

‘Cause the One who holds the world is holding onto me

Maybe it’s all right if I’m not all right

‘Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life.”

~ from the song Maybe It’s OK by We Are Messengers

Invented Worlds

This image is being shown to you because it pretty much represents a midnight thought or even a dream thought.

It’s a place that exists only in your mind, thanks now, in large part, to the creative mind of Oriol Jolonch.

Invented Worlds

Oriol is an artist with a natural gift to create invented realities. This scene is just one that resulted from his imagination.

As a photographer and digital media artist, he creates an alternative view for the reality we live, often drawing the person viewing these invented worlds, as magical and surreal as they are, right into the scene.

If you find a story there to discover… and feel… Oriol would be pleased that his job was well done. I too would be pleased to know this was a good share…

and the e-morfes site where this was found has 8 more for you!

source: e-morfes

Why Be Kind?

There are things that can not be undone no matter how much you try. There are unfulfilled dreams that will never be realized.

But as for kindness, there is still time… an unknown amount of time. It may pass in an instant. It may seem to last a… lifetime.

But why be kind?

Kindness does not have to ever be undone. Kindness is something that can be realized…

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It All Begins and Ends in Your Mind

At night, wanting to sleep, a thought slips into mind. That’s where it begins.

Resistence is low, so the thought comes and goes. Mostly however, it hovers there, in the back of the mind and grows. Taking control, gaining power.

It has that sort of power that keeps sleep at bay, as if allowed.

Then, realizing that, and not wanting that, it’s the thought that is let go from the mind.

No longer in the mind… where it began…  it ended.

Powerless. Forgotten by morning.

It all begins and ends in the mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it.

3 Seconds Is All You Have

Sweet Memories

Time offers us the past, the future, and the present.

Naturally, not in that chronological order.

But are you aware of what’s called the “psychological present”?

It’s a window of about 3 seconds that defines the present – everything else is either past or future.

So, in a way “yesterday” was 3 seconds ago…
and “tomorrow” is only 3 seconds away…
or at least that is my spin on it. You can credit me with that statement.

Life happens in 3-second chunks of time. Even hugs.

Somehow it has been determined that “intervals of about 3 seconds are basic temporal units of life that define our perception of the present moment. That rhythm has fundamentally shaped humans’ biological and social evolution.”

“Balderdash” you say…?

Then you might want to check out this Creative Braintrust article regarding memory hacking over on Fast Company:

“How day-to-day experiences are compiled into memories is dependant in large part on when the story you tell yourself starts and stops. Life is experienced contiguously as an ongoing stream, a timeline, if you like. The psychological present is estimated to be about 3 seconds and each 3 seconds are either the beginning of a story, an ‘event’, or the end of one. If nothing important to the story happens in those 3 seconds (one, two, three)…they vanish. As Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has pointed out, our minds convey to us an illusion of verisimilitude. We believe that our memories are accurate records of our lives, but this simply isn’t the case. They are packaged up as stories: details that don’t fit the narrative are blurred out, key moments are highlighted and amplified. The almost fractal self-similarity of a working day, week, month, year, blurs things together over time.”

The read isn’t centered around the psychological present as much as it is about memories, especially those created by travel and vacations, but the 3 second explanation is clear and concise there.

So really…

3 seconds is all you have right now. After that it is history. Before that it was nothing but something in the future.

Such things are midnight thoughts made of.

source: Fast Company
image source (CC BY 2.0): ‘Sweet Memories‘ by Alison Christine on Flickr