Friday, January 29, 2010

The journey is our goal…..

We want to see the world and know it more deeply, connect deeper with ourselves as individuals, as a family and with others and experience freedom, bliss and peace in new and profound ways with time to bask in it and breathe it all in and serve the Lord with every step.

No matter how far or how often we travel, we follow a thin line, leaving much of the world unseen, most people unmet, and many foods untasted.

We each travel along a small line. It isn’t even that important where your line goes, just what you make of it.

Monday, January 18, 2010


What do I want out of life….

I want to live a life of balance. I watch the people around me and others that we meet and see how many aspects of their lives are out of balance. They seem to always be adjusting this way and that trying to find a place of happiness. I think that we are right now and for the last while been on a journey to find family, personal, social, work and spiritual balance in our life.

I am realizing that a change is one area will impact the other areas of my life. It even creates some excitement for life as I embrace and seek balance. It is a constant process of adjustment through reflection and planning.

There are many questions. Such as, am I enjoying my time here on earth, how can I discover my purpose, can I live by my values with pride and how can I make better choices. These are all things I need to think about.

Without taking time to reflect on if my life is in balance it is easy to think everything is fine. I think it is worth a bit of time and prayer.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I read this story today and thought it was so true...

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

“And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

by M. Nolan

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Moved in....

We have had an amazingly busy month again. I think we will have some time now to settle as we are in our new house ( house sitting) till April. We are still using someone elses' "stuff" but we are settled. The problem with being settled and having time to think is that I still think about travel and where we could go next. I try with all my might to think of the things I need to do right now, like taxes, cleaning, making know the regular things. But my thoughts always go to what is next, where should we go, who will we meet next.

I am reading the Shack by WM Paul Young for the second time. I like this book and ever since I read it have wanted to read it again. It puts such a different perspective on our journeys in life and how we experience God through them and how we heal in different ways. I read a quote yesterday that I liked.

Growth means change and
change involves risk, stepping
from the known to the unknown.
-Author Unknown

Everyone's unknown looks so different and everyone's change is not the same. One person's risk may look completely opposite of another's.

I love how we are all so similar and yet so different.