Christopher Muggridge

November 7, 2017
Little girl in dark woods

What Are Fathers For?

Be careful how high you let your dreams carry you, my dear. My arms are not very long and if you drift beyond their reach, we will have only our memories and the air between to sustain us. Even then, I will stand with crooked neck and aching back to watch your silhouette make its stamp upon the moon, forever ready to catch you, should you fall. For what are fathers for, if not to stand guard while their daughters swim for the stars? To cheer them on while standing forever below, waving arms in triumphant pride, only to wipe the occasional tear that comes from seeing how high you go, and how far away your dreams will take you.

November 7, 2017
Smiling woman with blowing hair

Don’t Punish Yourself

Read this and know that at least one person is thinking of you, so you must be worth thinking about. Be easy on yourself and be kind.

November 7, 2017
Slice of cake

Misunderstanding Motivation

The mistaken belief that motivation is an external force required in order to make action possible is the greatest hindrance to realizing one's greatest accomplishments.

November 7, 2017
Roses on rocky sea shore

Lives Intersect

Sometimes you can try to do the right things for the best reasons, to the best of your ability, but life is complicated and we don't live isolated on our own islands.

November 7, 2017
Lonely man overlooking city

Beauty In The World

Time has stolen my confidence
My mind has stolen my youth
Each day is a question
Each answer - half lie, less truth

I built myself a family
Believed I had a plan
Discovered belief was for the living
Learned how to be a broken man

Gravity conspires against me
It doesn't want me on my feet
Peace hides itself to avoid me
The one, I’ll succumb to
The other, I’ll never meet

My best dreams lay behind me
Like dogs forever chasing tails
Some teased success
Most promised I’d fail
But in the end, it's just a tail
And I’m left to walk in circles
So long as I hold on

Success is X’s on a calendar
Progress, by days not spent in bed
The past, my constant jailer
While I’m locked away in my head

If I could unlock my mind
I’d be out there today, walking free
But I’ve been trapped for so long
I’ve forgotten where I hid the key

Life, I’m told, is the party
The guests, ghosts I slip between
Hope and laughter, gifts piled high
But even shoulder to shoulder
No one ever touches me

I know there's beauty in the world
But none that reaches me

October 26, 2017
Walking in glasses and smiling

Who Said Rain?

Yup, soooo much rain today. It's been terrible. Lucky for me, weather forecasters are obviously liars and I get to have another walk in the sun.

October 26, 2017
Walk in the sun not rain

Weather Be A-Changin’

Somehow between six am and eight am this morning, the forecast changed from rain all day to a beautiful sunny start. The rest of the day? Who cares. I've got this right now and just to stick it to the weatherman, I am sneaking in a walk. Suck it, weatherman.

October 26, 2017
Sweating at the gym

It’s Gym Time

Up at seven and at the gym for an hour on the bike. Not the same as being outside walking but it definitely builds up a sweat.

A tune to peddle by: Veruca Salt "Forsythia".

October 25, 2017
Sunset over the square

Down But Not Out

The sun is not giving up on this day without a fight and neither did I.

October 25, 2017
Sunset street

Even With A Headache

Getting too cold for my liking, and still fighting this damn headache, but I figured I would squeeze in one more short walk.