The Dalai Lama

Do you have a “bucket” list?  You know, places you want to visit or things you want to do before you die?  Well, I don’t have a formal bucket list but there are many things I really want to do before I go.  One of the things that I want to do, and it is never on my bucket list because I simply didn’t believe it was even possible is to see the Dalai Lama.

But guess what.  I am going to see him!  I can’t believe it.  He’s going to the Gwinnet Arena in Georgia!  My eldest daughter and son-in-law are going and one thing lead to another so now my Mom and I are going too.

It’s October 8 and I simply cannot wait.  Truly a once-in-a-lifetime event for me.

Home again!

It’s always good to come home.  To reclaim my space and my life.  To see my cats, my garden, my “things”.  While I love to go, I love even more to come home.  I think that is good – if I wasn’t so good to come home then it would be time to move on.

The cruise was wonderful.  It was warm, the scenery fantastic.  But the best part was being with my part of my family.  Mom & Dad enjoyed their first cruise.  My sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.  And for the first time in years and years, my eldest daughter and I had “alone” time.  7 days of love!

Came home to cold though.  Every morning I’ve awakened to frost!  After sever days in the 90s to say this weather is a shock to the system is a huge understatement.  But warm weather is on the way and soon I’ll be able to plant my garden.

Next week I’ll be selling my soap and body products at the Air Force Base near my home.  So this week I’m getting everything ready.  Yesterday I spent packaging the soap and today making body butter.  More body butter tomorrow, bath bombs and fizzies on Friday.  Weekend resting!


We are sailing….

Actually we will be tomorrow – on a cruise to the Caribbean.  7 days of stress free living.  It’s a family thing, my Mom & Dad (their first cruise), one of my sisters, my brother-in-law and my eldest daughter are all going.  We’ve been looking forward to this for several months.  Tonight we are in Houston near the airport where my daughter will fly in tomorrow and join us.  Then a short drive to Galveston to Princess Cruise Lines.

And where are we heading to?  The Island of Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize and finally the Island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Although strictly speaking I won’t be sailing, here’s my favorite sailing song for the occasion! (A very young Rod Stewart!!)

In the Moment

With our hectic lives, running here and there, trying to fit everything in to our precious little time, I think that sometimes we forget about what “it” really is about.  I was reminded today of a Buddhist teaching and I’d like to share it with you.

The mind is restless, unsteady,
hard to guard, hard to control.
The wise one makes it straight,
like a fletcher straightens an arrow.

How good it is to rein the mind
Which is unruly, capricious,
rushing wherever it pleases.
The mind so harnessed
will bring one happiness.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you
as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
A well-directed mind creates more happiness
Than even the loving actions of your parents.

–Buddha Shakyamuni

I hope that today you can find time to still your mind and really appreciate what life is all about.