TRAVEL WITHIN I want to take you on a journey, inside your physical world, the world we experience every day with our attitudes. What does that mean to you? Is it within ourselves that we travel? By building awareness of the physical world and understanding how we see it and those in it are we not traveling? Think about it. If our decisions are made only to please, placate, impress or hurt others, have we moved in a positive direction? Have we learned anything about our mission or path in this life? If our attitude is of greed or fear, where does that lead us? Have we traveled anywhere that brings beauty, abundance, happiness, compassion, patience, empathy or any qualities starting with love? We go into ourselves to make decisions and to decide what our next step is to be each day. But what if we loose our way, get […]
Driving east from San Antonio We left San Antonio Texas on a Sunday; our church was all around us. Besides God, our guide was Gertrude (the GPS portable navigator given to us), our stead was Toothless. He’s Bill’s Mercedes convertible (named after the dragon in the movie “Train Your Own Dragon”). Who were these adventurers, so brave and carefree…Judy and Bill Allred, pushing 76 and 80, respectively. Each left San Antonio with a stuffed small duffel bag, classy hats and a goal of seeing the south and east coasts. Our route was top-down; no advance reservations, no time restraints. Today, as we leave St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continuously occupied settlement in the United States, it somehow seems fitting to have enjoyed this small northern Atlantic coast area as much as we have. The thought comes to us now that all along the Gulf of Mexico, we drove next to […]
Ireland, known for its green fields and green shamrocks is really the land of the chuckle. “A hundred thousand welcomes,” a traditional greeting is said with a chuckle. “We looked for the grave of the man who invented the cross word puzzle; it was 2 down and 3 across.” Stephen Roach, the famous Irish cyclist answered when asked what do they do with the bicycles after the Tour de France? “They recycle them.” Ask an Irishman if he believes in Leprechauns and he’ll say “No, but I know they’re there.” There’s a chuckle with their jokes and/ or in their wonderful brogue. That infectious chuckle is the natural part of Irish story telling. Their sayings never end. When describing how the sheepherder O’Reilly watched his dogs do the work moving his sheep, the saying became, “He lives the life of Reilly.” When a charismatic Bishop of Galway befriended Annie Murphy, […]
From today on, notice every small to large moment of satisfaction and pleasure and appreciate it right then. Mentally or out loud say “Thank you, I acknowledge this as a gift.” The gift might be a bird call that is music to you, a friend checking in with you, a kindness given you or the doctor with good news. At other times it may be the continuation of travel, dining out, affording new clothes, receiving love and caring from others. All it takes is to change attitudes at those moments … not taking that pleasure for granted or focusing on the negative but thinking the opposite. It’s so important to make that acknowledgement, “Thank you for this small moment of happiness,” or “Thank you for the continuing of abundance coming to me.” Each day build this appreciation of what comes to you that is good, meaningful, beautiful, thoughtful, enhancing to […]
Paris, just saying the name is exciting. It’s many people’s favorite city. Mine too. But how do you experience it in just a few days.
Walking and soaking up the magnificent architecture and the River Seine and its bridges is the starting place.