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 Compendium: Ch 50-52

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!

Sometimes life hits you in the balls and throws you off track. Getting sick is probably the easiest way to lose momentum, and it’s been very difficult for me to focus on what has been delightful the last few days. Sitting down and really thinking over your days and finding those highlight moments and recognizing that there is joy within even the crappiest moments is the main reason for this exercise.  Let’s remember together fellow geeks.

February 19th, 2020 

We meet all sorts of people on our travels. Sometimes they can be a negative influence, but for most, even if rude or annoying, you can pull nuggets of wisdom or simply differences in perspective that keep your mind healthy and away from stagnation.  Remember not to let yourself get trapped in an echo chamber of similar opinions, debate is paramount for improving your own viewpoints and for finding new ones. There are pearls hiding in the depths of every human you meet, so keep yourself open to the experiences. There’s delight in improving yourself.

February 20th, 2020

All of us are born into different circumstances, have different opportunities, different genetics, so many factors playing into how we interact with life. It is important to remember that when someone or something good happens to you, when generosity is given to you, allowing you to live life in a more positive way, being thankful for that generosity is the least you can do. Don’t forget all the things that had to happen to get you where you are. Even if your personal situation is very difficult these days, or has been for awhile, the fact that you are alive is itself a miracle. There is so much death in life, and being able to simply be alive and take a walk is a gift. Whether you choose to embrace that idea is your own choice, but it is something I am trying to learn to live by. Letting go of so much of the negativity and pessimism I have lived with for most of my life, and appreciate all the positive aspects and improvements happening around the world. This is amplified when you travel and see how damn well off we are in western countries comparatively to most parts of the world. I am grateful for the life I have been given, joyful for the opportunity to see how lucky I am by traveling, even if it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies in my life.

February 21st, 2020

There is poetry in everything. I don’t know if many people find my poetry enjoyable or not, but it is something I found during my first travels many years ago, watching the waves froth along the beach in the early mornings, trying to find peace when all I felt was pain. From that pain and joy came words, words that have continued to flow out of me ever since, during walks, in the shower, while listening to podcasts, talking with friends. Sometimes simply by seeing a beautiful place or person. I am so grateful for those moments, the flowing of thought, forming sentence and meaning and art and driving me to write and write some more. It’s a joy to have this art in my life, a joy to be alive to see those beautiful waves and beautiful people who make me want to write pretty words, painful words, inspiring words, terrible words. Words are what create this world we live in, without them our world would be a desolate place. Through words we are tied to those long dead, and to those in our future. Words are creation. Words are joy.

As always, I hope these words find you all healthy, and letting your inner geek freak fly free. Have a phenomenal day folks!

 

 

 

Little Joys Ch.47

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 16th, 2020

Books are doorways into secret worlds, secret lives created by the minds of people around the world.

Many books follow the same set of rules, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But some books simply are.

They give us a glimpse into a small piece of someones madness, someones day, someones moment. They help us connect with that part of us is that is confused, lost, trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is our life and make some sense of it all and understand that we are not alone in our loneliness.

Everyone has a scared child running through mazes in our minds and being confronted with the fact makes you realize that we are all trapped in the same maze together, all we need to do is reach out, spill our truths, and we can connect on a deeper level.

I just finished up the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. Its my second read through, and it is just as beautiful and broken and poetic as the first time I explored its pages. For anyone who has not read Patrick’s work, I highly recommend it. His king killer chronicles are wonderful books, imperfect as all stories are, and perfect in their imperfection. The slow regard of silent things is a small 60 page companion book which shares a few days of one of the characters in his series, and it is truly a wonderful book.

It might not be for you, but if it is, it will sink into your skin and rest against your heart for weeks and months.

Remember to stay healthy, let your geek freak fly, and never forget that you are not alone in your brokenness.

Little Joys Ch.32

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 1st, 2020

We have created a culture where working ourselves to death goes hand in hand with laziness on a scale unheard of in the past.

People are either at their jobs, feeling miserable for 60 hours a week, or spending day after day staring at their phones and computers, watching pointless videos specifically created to waste our time and keep us hooked to the screen.

Finding a balance is hard.

If you happen to be someone who is aware of the dangers of both of these areas, then you’re probably doing your best to work in a way that is fulfilling, keep yourself in shape physically, stimulate your mind, and also have time to be with friends and family.

But even that endeavor can feel like a chore sometimes, because then you start shitting on yourself if you don’t manage to get a certain area of your life into a perfect flow. It’s a never ending stream of judgement and negativity.

These last two weeks, I have had a great flow. I have worked every day, written for myself and the website, trained almost daily, taken long walks, hung out with people.

I have hit every marker, yet as I was walking towards one of the nice views here in the city of Da Nang, I realized that I was exhausted, head was splitting from the sun, and I really, really needed to go to the bathroom. But alas, I had set myself the goal of walking down the whole beach, up that damn hill, and seeing the lady Buddha statue.

I was making the mistake of investing my plan for sightseeing with the same importance as my other weekly goals, which had purpose and meaning. This is the problem when we become too goal oriented, we end up attributing meaning to things that have no business being in that category, and we push ourselves even when all our body needs is a genuine, well deserved rest, and in my case, a potty break.

Does that mean I sat down and stared at my phone and lazed around for the rest of the day? no!

Each of us has to choose what we consider to be a proper way to re-energize ourselves after a long week. For me, it was taking a grab back to my hotel, taking a two hour nap, then taking a nice walk along the beach, followed by some writing and reading, and another walk, oh and I ate 5 meals and some snacks.

My body needed food, and rest, and gentle movement, and it needed to just unload some of the burden off, so I wrote some poetry. That worked for me. That made me happy.

Everyone needs to decide what their happy place is, what little things, little joys, they can add into their day that will stimulate their mind and body without destroying it.

Think about it, then do it!

Little Joys Ch.29

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!

January 29th, 2020

With the Tet holiday still in force here in Vietnam, as well as everyone going a bit crazy over the corona virus, finding a place to eat and relax has sometimes been a bit difficult.

A few days ago I came across this sweet little restaurant called Breco, which is run by a brother and sister. I am not a fan of restaurants in general, but sometimes you find these perfect spots, where price and quality and just great atmosphere combine to make you feel so zen and at home.

I have been coming here every day since, working and reading and just letting the calm just wash over me. It is a sanctuary of sorts, a way to just tap into my inner happy place and let the creativity come out.

For anyone wandering in to the city of Da Nang, you should definitely check it out!