Monthly Archives: July 2014

Willing to Wander

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The photo above is from Old Town, Cartagena, Columbia. We went there on a cruise through the Panama Canal, and I almost missed seeing it because of the worrying going on in my head at the time about what Columbia was like. I came very close to staying on the ship. Thank the heavens, I took a chance, and had one of my favorite travel experiences ever!

In thousands of smaller ways, I notice that I resist travelling the “I Don’t Knows” of life, worrying about all the ways things could possibly go wrong. When someone asked me that simple question, “Have you ever really known what the future would hold?” it brought clarity to the fact that I create illusions that I do know, and it’s only when I’ve made up scary illusions that worry sets in.

Discovery is a simple thing. It involves quieting the illusions, so the unknown can be unfolded and discovered. The creative genius that is Thought allows me to be the Worrier, or be the Discoverer. I wonder what tomorrow will be like? I am willing to wander through it and see.

Afterthought

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I attended a funeral this week. A woman who had been my friend and mentor for thirty years passed away after an illness, and I was called to reflect again on the comings and goings of life.

When Sydney Banks and Dr. Roger Mills passed away, I wrote the poem above, a personal insight looking at my own aging and our collective illusions around death and loss.

I would love to think that when my time eventually comes, there will be a New Orleans jazz band handy.