October 1, 2015

Thoughts on walking

Why I always enjoy the activity of putting one foot in front of the other:

A walk is not a parade or a race. It’s a succession of instants, any one of which can illuminate a lifetime.
~ John Baxter in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

Nobody has yet found a better way to travel slowly than to walk. It requires two legs; nothing more. Want to go faster? Don’t bother walking — roll, slide or fly: don’t walk. But once you are walking, it’s not performance that counts but the intensity of the sky, the splendour of the landscape. Walking is not a sport.
~ Charles Gros in Walking: A Philosophy

September 5, 2015

Happiness is a facet of the diamond within you

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American essayist Agnes Repplier:

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

So many of us spend so much time, effort and money searching for external triggers that will make (and keep) us happy. We look to friends, partners, kids, houses, jobs, vacations, material possessions and the like to somehow “complete” us. But the truth is that there are no magic bullets of happiness zinging around, waiting to make contact with our lives. It doesn’t work that way.

Happiness is a much more elusive and internal entity. Think of it as one facet of a complex “emotional gemstone” that lies at the core of your being. There, it competes and combines with other emotional facets (such as guilt, shame, fear, regret and confidence) to colour your thought patterns and beliefs, direct your self-talk (or lack of it), and shape your choices, attitudes, and reactions to what happens in the world around you.

Some people naturally operate with their happiness facet well-polished and facing forward, where it can exert the most influence over their day-to-day lives. Other people struggle to find their happiness facet in the first place.

The good news is that happiness exists inside each and every one of us. With patience, dedication and positive self-care, we can all find our inner happiness, shine it up, and turn it outwards to reflect its bright light into the world.

August 31, 2015

Observed on the street: A little G.O.O.D. advice

I came across this wonderful quote outside the Alternative Grounds Coffee and Tea House in Burns Lake, British Columbia:



Never give up, because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt in Learning.”
END is not the end; in fact, E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies.”
If you get NO as an answer, just remember, N.O. means “Next Opportunity.”
Be positive! :-)

August 18, 2015

The heart of being a parent

A good quote about parenthood from Hank Lentfer in his memoir Faith of Cranes:

Parenthood is like having your heart race around outside your body . . . . Parenting, from the get-go, is one long lesson in letting go of what was never yours.

August 13, 2015

A twisting take on one of life’s gifts

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American author and radio personality Garrison Keillor and his take on life:

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted, but getting what you have, which, once you have it, you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.

In other words, sometimes life’s twists and turns mysteriously take you to the exact place you’ve always wanted to be — a place you never could have described until you got there. ;-)

July 31, 2015

What’s a moment to a mountain?

This quote by Robert Green Ingersoll is beautiful; it captures the impermanence, and therefore the privilege, of our life on Earth:

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.


July 30, 2015

Observed on the street: One “sharp” Thule

Or should I say “shark” Thule? :-) Gotta admire this person’s creativity!

Photo of car with "shark-adorned" Thule roof rack.

July 28, 2015

Observed on the street: low-stress zone

Every one needs a break once in a while. I found this “low stress zone” in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photo of city sign reading "low stress zone"

July 27, 2015

Home: it’s the heart of any matter

Ever felt like you were truly “home”? What did that mean to you? Jennifer Hahn, in her travel memoir Spirited Waters: Soloing Through the Inside Passage, offers this wonderful reflection after spending months at sea on a solo kayak trip:

A sense of “home” isn’t conjured so much by a particular geography, defined by house walls, property lines, or loran[long-range navigation]-exact latitudes and longitudes. Rather, the feeling of “being home” grows out of an openness of the heart.

July 27, 2015

Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush

Wonderful words from Glennon Doyle Melton, excerpted from her larger article “Your Body is Not Your Masterpiece,” published in The Huffington Post on May 8, 2014. I encourage you to read the full article; it’s worth it.

Your body is not your masterpiece — your life is.

It is suggested to us a million times a day that our BODIES are PROJECTS. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is.

Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it. . . .

Stop what you are doing and say THANK YOU to your body. Right now. Say THANK YOU to your eyes for taking in the beauty of sunsets and storms and children blowing out birthday candles and say THANK YOU to your hands for writing love letters and opening doors and stirring soup and waving to strangers and say THANK YOU to your legs for walking you from danger to safety and climbing so many mountains for you.

Then pick up your instrument and start painting this day beautiful and bold and wild and free and YOU.


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