Sitting inside my car Penny during our maiden solitary multi-day voyage I was reminded of so many big, big truths I so often forget when I am at home. I am writing them here not to be preachy, far from that: I am writing them to remember them when I am home again, safe and snug in my expected, nearly controlled reality.
1. Go somewhere. Spend a few extra bucks and make it luxurious if you want, but even the Super 8 has free soap: travel somewhere you've never been.
You'll find your worries lessened, your mind a bit more quiet and a stunning joy bubbling up from reserves deep inside you.
2. Every moment spent in traffic, in lines and waiting in offices or DMVs is still time: enjoy it. Stop worrying about the terrible wallpaper or the smell of tar: look at the amazing trees around you, appreciate the friendly nurse or helpful patron and be glad.
This time is no less precious than the time you spend doing things you dearly love.
Cherish it as best you can and notice the good.
3. There is no 'destination'. Even famous people feel an ache in their craw when they reach their desired goal of stardom: every runner feels a sense of preparation for the race after this one: you will never 'arrive' in one place, in one mindset, on one moment that will never shift or change.... embrace the journey to the best of your ability.
4. Be around wilderness as much as possible. Look at the impossibly beautiful bounty of Mother Nature's art that was buried far underground and be glad you get to touch that miracle as often as you'd like.
5. Challenge the boundaries of your box, of your comfort zone as much as you can. When the outside world starts to feel a little scary and the warmth of the hearth becomes a little too hypnotic, take a day trip. Take an evening drive and chase the sunset.
Drive to work a different way - just shake it up in your day-to-day when you get lulled by the pull of the Stay-at-Home Sirens.
6. Breathe. For the love of everything, breathe!!!
7. Create a space in your soul to harvest the biggest light you can build without tangible materials.....
The world is waiting to know the peace you have to give.