Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Daily Travel

As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. 
           - James Lane Allen

A traveler walked along a road from one village to another. He noticed a man tending to a garden by the sea. 

The man smiled and waved, "Good day" to the traveler. The traveler turned  and said, "Excuse me, I am travelling from a village in the mountains to this village by the sea. What is it like here?

"What was your experience of the village in the mountains?"
 the man asked the traveler.

"Dreadful," replied the traveler, "I am glad to be away from there. I found the people most unwelcoming. When I first arrived I was greeted coldly. I was never made to feel a part of the village no matter how hard I tried. The villagers don't like strangers. What can I expect in the village by the sea?"

"I am sorry to tell you but I think your experience will be much the same here," replied the man.

The traveler hung his head and walked on.

Later another visitor journeyed down the same road and came upon the man gardening.

"I'm going to the village by the sea," said the second visitor, "Do you know what it is like?"

"I do," replied the man "Tell me - from where have you come?"

"I've come from the village in the mountains."

"And how was that?"
 the man asked 

"It was wonderful. I would have stayed but I am committed to travelling on. I felt like a member of the family in the village. The elders gave me much advice, the children laughed and joked with me.  People were generally kind and generous. It will always hold special memories for me. What is the village by the sea like?" he asked again.

"I think you will find it much the same" replied the man, "Good day to you."

"Good day and thank you," the visitor replied, smiled, and journeyed on.

Consider how attitude affects your daily journey. Shake out feelings and thoughts to focus on what works in the environment of people and places.  

Avoid providing room for negativity to flow into the mix. Believe goodness will prevail in all your travels.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Celebrate Gene Wilder

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.  Anything you want to do, do it. Want to change the world? There's nothing to it." - Gene Wilder

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93 percent perspiration, 6 percent electricity, 4 percent evaporation and 2 percent butterscotch ripple." -- Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)

Wilder's Best:

Discover eyelashes on petals. Observe how one advises another about their cranky state and ways to turn into a smile.  

Go inventive and throw your frustrations away.  

Notice that hibiscus flowers wear lipstick.

Think of the trickster. He knows his own cunning; his ability to play and divert others in any situation. 

He believes that the universe is in constant play and it wants to play with him.  No anxiety exists; just moments of fun and freaky.

A little nonsense now and then is celebrated by the wisest men. 
- Gene Wilder

Celebrate Wilder and play the day!

Take a Moment . . .

A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.
                                                 - Rumi

Immersion in a natural setting provides moments of tranquility. Sharing smiles and laughs brightens the spirit and engages the human connection.

Watching a cormorant nesting gentles the mind.

When laughter conquers the day's mishaps and exercises the stomach muscles, contentment circulates.

Love is the bridge 
between you and everything. - Rumi

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Adventure in Words

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Take a break from your real world to travel on a writing detour. You're given a Gypsy wagon and a credit card for a month.

Set out on an adventure in words.

Describe your vehicle. What will you pack? Who will you bring for adventure?

Where will you drive?  Which territories speak to you that need exploring? Delve into the wild, grand, and meaningful. 

If you were an animal where would you go?

Will you add wings?

Let yourself create beyond all possibilities.  

Write into fun and fantasy.  

Start your writing engine.