Little Joys Ch.72-73-74: Surviving planes,sunlight, and human Kindness.

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 13th, 2020

Taking joy in all the crazy things human do is a must. We have all forgotten how crazy it is that we fly through the air in metal bird like contraptions. After taking over a dozen over the last 9 months, I am well acquainted with how amazing the feat is. But after having taken so many, I am more joyful of being able to say that I have touched down safely after so many flights. As amazing as it is when a plane first lifts off the ground and soars through the sky, it is infinitely more gratifying when those wheels touch down and you realize you safely made it to your destination.

March 14th, 2020

Human beings are some of the most violent, vicious creatures this planet has to offer. But we are also one of the most kind. As I walked the beach here in Phuket, I noticed a group of people around something. As I came closer, I realized a giant jellyfish had washed up on shore. Many people were taking turns to bring water over to it, attempting in the only way they knew how to keep it alive, watering it down and hoping to figure out a way to safely put it back into the water. I am not sure what ended up happening, but it is a comfort to know that we can be kind to even the most strangest of creatures.

March 15th, 2020

Amidst all the fear mongering over the past few years, the sun has gotten a bad rap. People think it causes a whole host of negative ailments to our systems, even though most of the well done science shows that sunlight has hundreds of positive effects on our bodies. Even if we ignore what it is doing to us internally, I think most of us can agree that feeling the suns rays upon our skin, letting the warmth of it seep into us, is blissful. There is a reason we all flock to the beach, hoping to let the ocean and sun intermingle and heal our weary minds and souls. The sun is our Father, just as the Earth is our Mother, and we need them both if we are to survive here.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

 

Little Joys Ch.64-65: Seizing the day, and appreciating technology

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 5th, 2020

Energy comes and goes for us all. Some days we awaken feeling full of life and love and just ready to tackle the world, and other days the thought of opening our eyes fills us with a dread so profound that death seems the simpler task. I found myself filled with hope and energy on this day, enjoying the outdoors, enjoying my work and writing, just ready to tackle everything. There is joy in these moments, delight at the prospect of creating because of that flood of energy. When it comes, grasp it as hard as you can and just ride the wave, it won’t always be there.

March 6th, 2020

As problematic as technology can be, it brings so much potential into our lives the implications of its impact on the human species is impossible to quantify. I have had a pretty tremulous relationship with phones, as I find so much of peoples time is wasted on them, mine included, yet I still want to find some appreciation and joy in their use. I have gone my whole life without ever breaking a phone, yet after buying a samsung s9 awhile back, the most expensive phone I had ever gotten at the time, I managed to mess it up in every way possible. Cracked camera lens? check. Get it wet and mess up the charging and headphone jack ports? check. Kick it off a hostel top bunk and crack the whole screen? check. And all that near the end of my trip, so great timing. I worked up the energy to do a bunch of research online, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a phone but also know that buying a model  that is too old or bad quality model is not logical either. I ended up settling on the google pixel a3, or the samsung s10. Being in Bali, finding a google phone is very difficult, and the prices online brought it to around 600 dollars canadian. I was lucky enough to find a samsung store that had one final floor model of the S10, which usually sells online for new canadian around 900 or more, at 700 bucks. Made the buy, and so far I have to say I am quite happy with the purchase. Much more responsive than my s9, much higher quality camera, lighter phone. The geek in me will always appreciate good tech, even if phones can be problematic pains in the booty. For anyone looking for an older model phone, I would recommend the S10.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.64: Tuck Everlasting on life and death and our part in the natural world

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 4th, 2020

Sometimes it is something as simple as a film that can bring us the joy, or simple serenity, we needed in a moment. I revisited an old film I had watched many years ago last night, called Tuck Everlasting. For those who have not seen it, it is about a simple family living in the woods, who many years before had drunk from a little pool of water from a tree, which gave them the gift of immortality. They could not be killed, nor age, nor change in any way. The movie is far from perfect, and as things usually are, I am sure the book version does it more justice, but there is a moment in the film when the father explains to a young girl who had discovered them that what they have is not living that really puts things in perspective for me. Here are some quotes.

“What we Tucks have you can’t call it living. We just… are. We’re like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream”

“Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

The author Natalie Babbitt really captured the meaning behind the shiftings of the natural world that many of us humans desperately try to escape from.

We all live and die, as everything in this world does. The old shapes the way for the new, and the new revitalizes it, again and again, sometimes falling back, sometimes leaping forward, always bringing forth growth.

Although a part of me thinks being an immortal would be amazing, if you are by yourself in this eternity, watching as everything else changes and leaves you, the pain would be beyond comprehension. For many of us, we remain trapped in a way in our pasts, our emotions, never allowing ourselves to grow, because growth is frightening, because we have to let things die, but it is a necessary part of the wheel, for it has to turn, so that we may become more, and so that those who come after us have a chance to flourish.

Some thoughts to guide you into the coming weekend.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.61-62-63

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

When life throws you lemons, make lemon ginger and honey tea. Another mashing of days due to life’s unexpected curve balls.

March 1st, 2020

Nothing is as potent as nature for rejuvenating your spirit, at least for me. I have found myself in a bit of a funk these last few days, as weeks of bad sleep, travel, and sickness have taken their toll. Yet I was blessed enough to be given a tip about a waterfall nearby the town I am staying in. After a 40 minute trek I managed to find my way to it, and it was perfection. I was able to wade out into the river and stand under all that raw power, and just allow it to wash away all the crap from my mind for the next few hours, it was beautiful.

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March 2nd, 2020

Human design is everywhere. As someone who’s heart lies more in nature than human architecture, I can still find myself pleasantly surprised and delighted by the design concepts and spaces we create. Having had a rather negative experience at my last guesthouse, I splurged a bit more on my last two days of stay in Ubud and got myself a room at the outpost penestanan, a co-living and co-working spot. The interior of my standard room is gorgeous, with a kind of rock floor that feels oh so good under my toesies, and great modern style, as well as a comfy couch built in that just sets the mood for lazing or working. There is also a great open space outside with pool and shared kitchen, and a really nice co-working space on the roof. It is quite pricey to stay here, but for those with the cash to spend and looking for a positive environment to work online and be with other like minded folks, this place is definitely worth checking out. I for one do not have the money to stay here long, so two nights is all I can enjoy haha.

March 3rd, 2020

We all have our little vices, some beneficial, some harmful, some merely temporarily painful. I have a bit of an addiction to tattoos, and after careful consideration, meaning a day or two of thought, got a new one on my chest, as well as a big touch-up and change of a prior one I had done in Canada but that did not turn out well. There is something about inking my skin that just satisfies some urge I have. Especially for words. Although I have a few designs, most of my tattoos are just words and quotes and poems. It just feels right to have them near me at all times. It brings me joy, lots of it.

For anyone wondering, the symbol on my arm is from the Zelda series, it is a modified triforce. The quote on my chest is from my recently mentioned book the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. I am highly tempted to get a Walt Whitman poem either on my back or my side, so stay tuned.

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Little Joys Ch.59

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 28th, 2020

After having spent most of the day sneezing and blowing my nose, it became a little bit  difficult to focus on anything. Your ability to take joy in your environment is quite diluted when your body has decided that the environment is trying to kill you.

That being said, I managed to rouse myself enough to take a walk up the Campuhan ridge here in Ubud, a lovely little trail that immerses you in nature. It was there that I noticed a large flowering tree, and all upon it were very large beetles!

These beasties were huge, most probably on steroids. It was lovely to see them pollinating away, as for most of my life I believed that only bees pollinated flowers, until quite recently I began some online work and wrote some articles on different sorts of flowers.

To read about something, write about it, and then find that very thing out in the world is a magical experience. A full circle, knowledge, understanding, then experience.

It was a delightful little side stop to my usual walks up the ridge.

Always have to keep your eyes open in case the world wants to show you something.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys ch.54

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23rd, 2020

Joy is found in simplicity, in the small moments, in the appreciation of many of the things in life we all tend to take for granted.

These things pass by the wayside of our conscious perception, we become adapted to them, forget them, and show disrespect for their ability to uplift us.

Sometimes it’s passing by a beautiful tree right near our home, ignoring the sound of running water, being annoyed by the chirping of birds in the morning, never taking time to be with the friend you have had for twenty years. Sometimes it’s as simple as forgetting to appreciate medicine, and how, even though it can be dangerous and is not a panacea, can sometimes save our lives, or at least save us from massive discomfort.

As someone who gets incredibly sea sick, I decided to take some medicine on the ferry ride back to Bali yesterday. I felt like I was dying on the first boat ride, and it took me two days to recover from the nausea. Yet just taking two little pills not only completely eliminated the sea sickness on the way back, but allowed me to appreciate the beautiful scenery around me, the light reflecting off water, the mountains in the distance, and even just simple conversation with a fellow passenger beside me.

We are blessed to be born in a modern world which allows us the chance to deal with some of the more unfortunate reactions our bodies have to certain things.

I for one am very happy to have found those pills.

Remember folks, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.49

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 18th, 2020

I think there is a deep biological connection between us and trees. For most of us, the sight of any sort of tree evokes feelings of calm, of appreciation, and especially of beauty.

I see a negative reaction to nature from someone to be a sign that perhaps things are not going very well for them, as a rejection of beauty is usually one of the first signs of depression or anger.

Having returned to the mainland in Bali today, I decided to walk from the pier to my hostel, about a two and a half hour walk with my 12 kg bag. Perhaps not ideal considering I had recently gotten a sunburn on my face, but damn it I wanted to walk.

It was the right decision.

Street after street, trees abounded. Everywhere I looked nature was interwoven into the fabric of the city.

The only other place I had felt this sense of nature and man together was in Kyoto, but whereas Kyoto had imposed its will upon nature, as the Japanese are masters of, here in Bali you felt more of a relaxed atmosphere. Nature had been allowed to thrive in many places, on fences and houses, around buildings, and all down the road.

It was beautiful, and human, and joyous.

Just what I needed to start my day.

Remember to stay healthy folks, and let your geek freak fly!