Seeking Pleasant Surprises

Posted in Architecture, travel on February 21st, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral

I went on a whirlwind four day trip to leave some of my mom’s ashes in her favorite city, Paris. I am traveling a lot these days and one exercise I find extremely useful and rewarding is to seek pleasant surprises and acknowledge them as they occur. A pleasant surprise is just that. Of course I like to think that we have invisible partners that arrange them, but this is just my belief system.

You don’t think about going to Paris in the Winter, but when the sun shines it can be quite pleasant with a warm coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. My first pleasant surprise came when the adjacent seat in coach, which I refer to as sardine class, was the only empty seat that I could see on the entire plane. Being able to stretch out just a little bit is a god send on a 10 hour plus flight. read more »

Dejavu In Tallahassee

Posted in Thinking Patterns, travel on February 14th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

I came back to visit and stay with good friends in a community I lived in beginning in the 4th grade. Tallahassee is one of those special cities in the world. It is a large University town  with probably 80,000 students in higher education, a state capital, and no heavy industry.  When I first came here, the population of the entire town was around 30,000. But it has kept it’s friendly feeling as a town rather than a city. The energy is healthy. It is not overrun with cars nor a sense of people being driven by a pace they cannot keep up with. I tried to speculate as to what percentage of my high school class had moved on after high school. I learned that over half stayed in Tallahassee. I can see why.

Quincie Hamby is truly a gifted jewelry designer who can dazzle a naked neck like nobody I know. She and her husband Billy (We were in the 4th grade together) hosted me and through a delightful book signing party.  Their son, Henry, had me address a gathering of students at his junior college.  It is fun to visit with friends whom you have not seen for aeons and about their  life journeys while talking to kids who are getting ready to set sail on theirs.

I have been reporting on synchronicities as a guide to us being in the flow and on the right path. Even days that seem devoid of anything note worthy usually contain these subtle undercurrents. Today was no exception. I thought that I wanted to buy and I pad, but frequently I find that I am a bit impulsive. The looming question was whether I really needed one.  I drove to Best Buy, went in, and then could find nobody to help me. I asked one clerk who said he wasn’t knowledgable. There was another but he was tied up with a customer. Everywhere I turned helpers were involved. Finally, I accepted the idea that this simply was more of an impulse than a true need. I owned a Mac Air book and a new I phone. Between the two my travel needs could be met quite adequately. And so, nobody to help confirmed to me that I really had not taken the time to think this all through.   I could have gotten upset, but I realized that perhaps something else was happening. Small setbacks or disappointments can quickly be seen for what they are, like trim tabs on an airplane, the fine adjustments to life that help us smooth out the ride.  I write a good bit about Invisible Partners in my book book released this year. In this case it was like being with a good friend who was saying, “Do you really need this?”

This year I will be on the road a good bit much of it open-ended, consciously paying attention to simply letting the journey unfold and making notes about it.

Tallahassee, has been a wonderful stop along the way.

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