Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This particular little cactus had three beautiful yellow flowers that made me smile. It reminded me how important the little things in life are to find happiness. Don't make the mistake of complaining about everything in life. Instead seek out the beauty in the world- and allow yourself to be happy
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Back to my old boss from twenty years ago. He used to tell me about a guy he fished with who would insist he knew the best places to fish; refusing to rely on charts, current-reports, weather factors or other oft used fishing tips. My boss would be upset about the money spent on boat fuel, not to mention a long boring day with no action. He would end up being furious at his friend, holding-in blame and anger. Finally my former boss told his friend he was on his own, that he didn't want to have him on his fishing boat anymore. It ruined their friendship, and they never spoke again. My old boss started charting his own course to decide where to cast his line. He caught the same amount of fish...no more, no less. The difference was he had become his own man and no longer blamed his former fishing buddy for what he thought were bad decisions. My old boss taught me that in fishing, there are no losers. He felt that even on a bad day fishing, life goes on whether you catch a single fish, or nothing at all. All those afternoons on the boat taught me about patience, self-reliance, personal accountability, building short term goals, and the Chinese philosophy for taking a long term perspective on life. So while you might not ever know me as a fisherman, now you know about one of the more formative sports that influenced my adult life, and continues to do so even today.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
|Performing at a private function in Palm Springs|
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
No matter where I travel, people are almost always proud of their community, and love to show off the best of the area. In the photos in this post, I was in the south oh Thailand where it is less touristy, but still has some interesting things to see. This standing Buddha was high up on a mountain and was so beautiful. Peaceful too, don't you think?
The golden Buddha could easily be seen from far away, as it was up so high. Even on a cloudy day the sunlight reflected beautifully on the gold surface of Buddha. I was mesmerized, and had a few moments to pray, as I always do whenever I visit spiritual sites, regardless of the particular religious affiliation. Personally it doesn't matter to me, I find inspiration from all such things.
This was a rather interesting sight. A set of stairs up to another Buddha led into an open mouth, presumably of a dragon or something. It was interesting to see from afar, and also rather unusual to walk into...I did pause for a brief moment, but quickly reminded myself it was merely art.
And speaking of art, check this out. A golden Phoenix bird perched at the top of the mountain , near the Buddha. You can see the temple with incense burning. I was amazed by the beauty of this site. The remarkable part of this was that it was so unremarkable. By that I mean this was not a major destination or attraction, it is just part of the community. As brief as my visit was to this location, it left quite an impression on me. The week in Thailand flew by so quickly, perhaps because most of the time I was working. Still, I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to see such fascinating places in the world as part of my job. Blessings indeed.
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