Today I began to plan, along with my best friend, our trip to Peru for our 40th birthday. We have been talking about doing this trip for twenty years & we are determined to make it a reality.
So I’m looking for a little help. Anyone who has been to Peru & seen the sites: do you have any suggestions for lodging, itineraries, etc…? If you do, please let me know in the comment form below. Or if you simply want to share your travel stories.
A little late for Cinqo De Mayo, but funny & thought provoking at the same time…
Simple pleasures in life make the big difference. Take, for example, my first bike ride with my son last night around our little town. It was good exercise, we enjoyed the ride & the weather was perfect. We saw a few of our neighbours along the way. We spotted some amazing wild animals (including a bald eagle pearched atop a birch tree overlooking the small waterfall located down the road from our house). And it is a memory we can cherish forever.
So take the time to slow down, do something you like to do with a friend or a loved one. Enjoy the moments – the simplicity of life at a particular time. And cherish the memories it creates.
Tell me about some of your own simple pleasures in life. Leave me a comment below & let me know how you enjoy those simpler times & the memories you’ve created. Until next time…
When is a Rose not a Rose?
Perhaps when we no longer see the beauty that surrounds us & we take nature for granted…
“Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarrelling with one another about the steering –every one is of opinion that he has a right to steer, though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and will further assert that it cannot be taught, and they are ready to cut in pieces any one who says the contrary. They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard, and having first chained up the noble captain’s senses with drink or some narcotic drug, they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such a manner as might be expected of them. Him who is their partisan and cleverly aids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain’s hands into their own whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman, and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the command of a ship, and that he must and will be the steerer, whether other people like or not-the possibility of this union of authority with the steerer’s art has never seriously entered into their thoughts or been made part of their calling. Now in vessels which are in a state of mutiny and by sailors who are mutineers, how will the true pilot be regarded? Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?”
from The Republic
Even in ancient times, it seems, the wise understood that the masses could not appreciate the value of Philosophy. Yet in these times of Democracy as Manifest Destiny, is it not more important then ever that the Philosophical Voice be heard, heeded & understood?
“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
from: Beyond Good And Evil
Sometimes I look out into the world, observing all there is to see & experience. I often wonder, does sanity even truly exist? Or is it simply an illusion manifesting out of a psychologist’s hopes?
I am currently about half way through writing a short little book entittled “The Journey” that I hope to publish in order to get this project going. I want this book to be short, to the point & work as a first step to get Individuals interested in a community whose sole goal & raison-d’être is to help everyone lead an happier & more fulfilled life. It is the first step to achieving this goal.
Photo c/o t3rmin4t0r via Flickr
LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION
“I just need to start writing…”
That is what I told myself this morning after thinking about the many different possible ways to go about this project. So here I go.
“Et bien, tuer toutes les Philosophes!”
(Well then, kill all the Philosophers!)
There was once a golden age of thought when men & women would ask those deeper & more meaningful questions. Those most important questions that seem vital to our very existence. Various discussions would follow & Individuals would share their ideas & their experiences – hoping to find Truth.
That is what it is all about in the end.