Eat, Drink, Travel, Say Thank You

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It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.

Eckhart Tolle

I travel a lot for work and as part of my lifestyle. There are things that I pick from my meanderings that always gives me  a new sense of wonder, encouragement that the human race is not totally hopeless or simply in awe of beauty that I see, smell, taste and feel. Having said that I also deal with everyday living.

Everyday life means dealing with people from all walks of life – including  those who live on their own bubbles, those that feel the world is against them and those who prefer to stay in the box that society painted for them.

Lately, some people close to me, have been the source of toxic energy. And this makes me sad. Worst, that energy can also rub off on you. Now comes the arguments, the resentment and needing to walk away from them. During these times, I try to re-focus my energy into the positive. Like being grateful for the many things that are good.

I was looking at a sunset photo from  recent trip I took and I was like, hmm… it is not as pretty as my usual collection. But looking at it again, I remember the moment. I just finished a not-so-good surf session. I was tired, bruised and feeling defeated. But I feel grateful that I did not injure myself. That I am with my love one in a beautiful beach on a beautiful country. That there was a very cold beer waiting for me as the sun started setting. I am lucky. And I am grateful.

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A different day, a different place, a different perspective

So now during these days that negative energy seem to be everywhere I remind myself that despite it, I have so many grateful things in my life. Tomorrow is another day.

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Serendipitous Thanksgiving

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. – Ashley Montagu

This being my first Thanksgiving in the US of A, my friend decided to drag me out to Grand Lake in Grand County, Colorado for the Thanksgiving week. Yes, a week! Since most of this trip I haven’t touched any guidebook or done any advance reading like I always do when doing a trip, I had no idea what was in store for me. Well, what can I say, I fell in love!

We made our way to Grand Lake at night and even then aided by a full moon the drive up was very scenic.  The next morning was a nice weather and so we did what respectable half-sober people would do – play in the sun and the snow. Suffice it is to say that that was the pattern for the remaining days – wake up, drive up to the bar for some bloody mary’s and mimosas for breakfast, power up with snow mobiles, wander around and retire to the bar. Pretttyy good if you ask me.

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view from the bedroom

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fine day indeed!

During our down times, we would pause to admire Grand Lake.

The locals tell me that this is the deepest, natural lake in Colorado. All I can say is it is beautiful.

I do have a penchant for small towns. And this town is as small as can be. You can tell when you walk into our watering hole that everyone knows every one including the nitty gritty details of everyone’s lives. “Hey Dixie, was that a new puppy you were walking this morning?” “Hey Ricky, everything fine with your new blinds?” Bless.

downtown Grand Lake

we’ve spent too many hours on this bar

Now the greatest challenge comes at night. See, we like to go out and party. However we also like to be responsible and not drink and drive. That leaves us leaving any kind of transport (car, snow mobiles, boards) and walk to the town. Now what happens when it’s time to go home?

This.

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Walking up the hill to head home at 3AM. No, it’s not enjoyable at all. But, as you’ve assumed correctly, this did not stop us from doing the same thing. How else are we supposed to enjoy Thanksgiving week?

‘Til next time!

Labour Day, Summer Heat and Media Overdrive

If there is another good reason to stay away from TV it would be the so-called weather newscasters or forecasters or whatever you call them.

“Today is going to be very hot.” Duh. “Tomorrow’s forecast is going to be even hotter!” How revolutionary!

What are they trying to achieve exactly? Listen, it IS summer. It should be hot. And several days could be hotter than the rest. Anyone who lived on this planet would know this by now no?

Uh Huh!

Now that I got that off my chest, I must say waking up on a Tuesday not having to go to work is awesome. I briefly got up to turn off the aircon and opened the windows. Then went back to bed.

Just laying there listening to the sounds from outside is golden. Somewhere a hammer is going, bong, bong, bong. Must be one of those tall residential buildings going up everywhere. Children shrieking… must be a swimming party on the apartment across. Cars passing. The scent of something being fried is drifting into the room. Breakfast! Guess that’s my cue to wake up. Well it’s 10AM anyway.

With life on the fast lane most days of the week sometimes you even forget to breathe. Just watching the day unfold is always a welcome treat.

Now if only the ice cream would come up on itself from the store…

My plans for the day:

Yum!