We’ve been enjoying the friendly atmosphere and mellow weather here at the RV park near Mathis. We did take the long road back east to Port Arthur (on the Louisiana border) on April 29–30 to attend hubby’s stepson’s engagement ceremony. Fascinating stuff, with Buddhist/ancestor altars, bowing, traditional Vietnamese family gift exchanges, and a tea ceremony. Stepson Eric’s fiancée Joan is a wondrous, intelligent, and beautiful lady, and her family is so supportive and hospitable. We are honored to be accepted into this family community.
Drove the long way back from the east and got a little procrastination going on. So many little things needed to get the trailer and truck ready for the big ride over the Rocky Mountains. And waiting for the snow to quit up that way (hubby does not like the southern route through NM and AZ—we head north first, and then west). Also, it’s cozy and reasonably priced here, so it can be hard to leave, as some of the snowbirds here who end up staying all year will attest. But after the end of May, no more cold fronts come this way (it’s been raining today), and it will get very hot indeed (over 100F/40C). There’s an incentive to pick up and go!
Which brings me to the patience bit. I had a lovely meditation with my woo-woo buddies on Skype yesterday. Setting intents for the future without being concerned about leaving the present to go live in those dreams; just putting the energy out there to connect to them. Trust can be difficult, especially when roadblocks keep coming up and the energy feels like it’s not there to take action. Take action we must to create the ripples necessary to turn intention into reality, but timing is often where the trust comes in.
My original plan (ha! you plan, do you!) was to be sitting in a coffee shop ready to recite my poetry….by 2013. Hmmm. Where did that go? So many intervening detours, but you know, they were all extremely valuable, since I am now more ready to focus in on making work into play so I can enjoy the breeze blowing through the little ranch cottage I envision nestled close to snow-capped volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest. Goals are good, and so are plans, but patience and flexibility, I find, are key to getting the most out of every detour, to add to the wisdom that the Hermit carries in that lamp of his. And mine.
Outposts Along the Path
Over at NoSideBar, one of my fav blogs, I saw a familiar face and a nice article on escaping the trap of “stuff.” Enjoy this little criteria for getting/keeping checklist from Kerry Ogden, and a very humorous take on stuff by George Carlin. Yeah, memories are better.
James Altucher, one of the few “famous” bloggers who continues to amuse and amaze me, has a wonderful short piece (and plug for a podcast) on what Sanjiv Chopra (yeah, brother of Deepak and also an MD, sounds like) has written about five key nutritional and lifestyle habits that lead to a longer, and more importantly, better quality life. One or two might surprise you. And yeah, I know Altucher needs some minor proofreading help (no spaces after periods?), but he really is worth the read. 🙂