I recently took the opportunity with my wife and friends to visit the original J. Paul Getty Museum in California.  What a wonderful gift he created in his charitable efforts.  At one time he was the richest man in America, and he gave much of his fortune to collecting and preserving antiquities and art.

gettyI was really impressed with the facilities situated on sixty four acres across the street from the Pacific ocean.  But when it came time to connect with ancient Greece and behold all of the statues of antiquity as a docent told imagined stories of their life, my simple mind wandered off to other things.  I would find it a hoot to dress up as a docent and tell my own made up stories of antiquity—-but I digress.  I found myself texting my children pictures of awe-inspiring statues and making a little fun of them; making up my own stories of antiquity, which was very entertaining to this ADHD mind.

getty2This chick was an eye catcher.  At least she had a nose and one eye that wasn’t glazed over!  I apologize to those who find deep meaning in these things; and I appreciate your passions if this is the case.

Having said that; as I was texting my personal epiphanies to my children; my daughter texted me back with pictures of taking my grandson Elijah on his first hike.elijah-hike

elijah-hike2I was really fascinated by the process of discovery.  Note the glory of a rock and the curiosity of the child.  Note his ah-hah moment as he discovers stones are meant to be thrown in the creek.elijah-hike3


elijah-hike5And then of course one must retrieve the stone……discovery can have anxious moments.

I mused at this sequence as I looked at carved stones of antiquity with missing noses and other important parts.  Life is really all about discovery; and we all find our own passions in finding what we seek.  Museums are meant to educate and preserve history—a great form of discovery.  Life itself is a discovery as I witnessed in the pictures of Elijah’s first hike.

While there is much to learn of history, I prefer “living” discovery and have a passion and appreciation for this.  One of the most important aspects of life is DISCOVERY; constantly learning and observing as we both live current history or observe the history of others.

getty3I observed this dude and texted to one of my sons that he was missing something important.  He texted back and corrected me.  He didn’t lose anything he said,  he was just holding that which was apparently lost.

Enjoy your own interpretations as you enjoy life’s discoveries.

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