Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mount Sinai.. Monte Sinai..



Egypt November 2007


i left my apartment at 6 am on thursday and returned saturday at 7 pm... 3 days and 2 nights exploring the sinai peninsula with steve, michelle, daryl and denise... the 9 hour bus ride from cairo to dahab was bearable only because i am reading a great book "Party of One: The Loner's Manifesto"... we arrived right after sunset, had dinner and chilled… next morning  i got up early to see the sun rising behind Saudi Arabia mountains and cover the red sea with its light and warmth... later steve and i went 4-wheeling to an oasis with views of the turquoise ocean and quaint dahab in the background... around 2 pm my friend steve and i took a taxi to st. catherine's monastery... it is tucked in the middle of the sinai peninsula, rocky mountains, desert, and solitude surrounds this place of prayer... we climbed mount sinai at 3 am and so did a few hundred other tourists, travelers, pilgrims, bedouins, and camels... here is a bit of history about this unbelievable place...

Tradition holds that, in 330 AD, in response to a request by the ascetics of the Sinai, the Byzantine empress Helena (St. Helen) ordered the building of a small church, dedicated to the Holy Virgin, at the site of the Burning Bush, as well as a fortified enclosure where the hermits could find refuge from the attacks of primitive nomadic tribes. By the 7th century, the Monastery faced a dangerous situation and a grave crisis, mainly due to the Arab conquest. Although information on this period is scant, one source tells that by the year 808, the number of monks in the monastery had been reduced to thirty, while Christian life on the Sinai peninsula   had all but vanished. However, the monastery itself did not vanish. According to tradition, and evident from indirect information, the Fathers of the Monastery requested the protection of Mohammed himself, who saw the Christians as brothers in faith. Apparently, the request was favorably accepted and the so called ahtiname, or "immunity covenant" by Mohammed instructed his followers to protect the monks of the Sinai. Though this document has been a matter of controversy, it is doubtful that the monastery could have survived without the protection afforded by Mohammed and his successors.

... on the way to st. catherine's we visited (just stopped the taxi in the highway in the middle of nowhere) and chatted with a bedouin family... real desert nomads... their hospitality expressed in sharing tea with us... it was touching to see the kids smile as they listened to my ipod...

…It was a 2 hour hike, admiring the most amazing full moon and listening to german, italian, russian, japanese travelers, and stepping out of the way of camels, i reached the summit... i sat on a rock on the edge of a cliff and drank the sunrise from mount sinai...

…after having breakfast at the monastery and visiting the church and museum filled with 15 centuries of history, we went to the bus station to return home... there we met two college students on their way to alexandria and decided to hired a cab to take the 5 of us back to cairo... i was in bed by 9 pm, i drifted to sleep, exhausted, happy, thankful for the beach, the desert and the prayers...


ESPANYOL




Egipto Noviembre 2007

Sali de mi departamento a las 6 am del jueves y regrese a las 7 pm del sabado… 3 dias y 2 noches explorando la peninsula del sinai con steve, michelle, daryl and denise… el viaje de 9 horas en el bus de cairo a dahab lo aguante porque estoy leyendo un excelente libro "Fiesta de Uno: el manifesto del solitario"… llegamos justo despues del atardecer, cenamos, y nos relajamos… a la maniana siguiente me levante temprano para ver el sol salir detras de las montanias de Arabia Saudita cubriendo el Mar Rojo con su luz y calor.. mas tarde steve y yo fuimos 4-wheeling a un oasis con el paisaje del mar turquesa y la pequenia dahab a nuestras espaldas… a eso de las 2 pm steve y yo tomamos un taxi hacia el monasterio St. Catherine… un lugar en el centro de la peninsula del Sinai, con montanias rocosas, desierto y soledad alrededor de esta casa de oracion… nosotros ascendimos el monte Sinai a las 3 am acompaniados por varios cientos de turistas, viajeros, peregrinos y camellos… aca una resenia historica sobre este incredible lugar…


La tradicion dice que en el anio 330 AD, como respuesta a un pedido de los ascetas del Sinai, la emperatriz Bizantina Helena (Sta. Helena) ordeno la construccion de una pequenia iglesia, dedicada a la Santa Virgen, en el lugar en el que Dios hablo a Abraham en el arbusto ardiendo, ademas de construir una fortaleza alrededor para proteccion de los hermitanios... en el siglo 7mo. el monasterio corria peligro y una grave crisis, primordialmente por la conquista Arabe. Segun la tradicion los monjes pidieron la proteccion del Profeta Mahoma, quien los veia como hermanos en la fe. La peticion fue concedida y Mahona ordeno a sus seguidores proteger a los monjes del Sinai. Aunque hay debate sobre la auntenticidad del documento que describe estos hechos, no hay duda que el monasterio no hubiera sobrevivido sin ser protegido por Mahoma y sus sucesores..

… en el camino a sta. Catherine visitamos (paramos el taxi en medio de la carretera) y conversamos con una familia beduina… nomadas del desierto… su hospitalidad expresada al compartir un te con nosotros… fue lindo ver a los ninios sonreir al escuchar mi ipod..

…fue una caminata de 2 horas, admirando una hermosa luna llena, escuchando aleman, italiano, ruso, japones, que los viajeros hablaban… y haciendome a un lado para que pasaran los camellos… llegue a la cima… busque una roca a la orilla de la montania, me sente, y me tome el amanecer desde la cima del monte sinai…

… despues de desayunar en el monasterio y visitar la iglesia y el museo llenos con 15 siglos de historia, nos fuimos a la estacion de bus… alli conocimos a dos estudiantes universitarios en camino a alejandria y decidimos contratar un taxi entre los 5 para que nos trajera a cairo… yo estaba en la camita a las 9 pm… al quedarme dormido, agotado, feliz, agradecido por la playa, el desierto y las oraciones…

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

50 Inspiring Travel Quotes








1. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson













5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell








6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
10. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang








11. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley
12. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
13. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
15. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller








16, "A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
17. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence
18. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
20. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard



























21. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
22. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
23. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
24. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson










26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost
27. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
28. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner
29. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

















31. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot
32. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
35. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien













36. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and I remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli
37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
38. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew
39. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” -Anatole France
40. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
41. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon
42. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith













43. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
44. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
45. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling


















46. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux
47. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton
48. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman
49. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni








50. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Farewell Letter. Carta de Despedida.



If for an instant God were to forget that I am rag doll and gifted me with a piece of life, possibly I wouldn't say all that I think, but rather I would think of all that I say.


I would value things, not for their worth but for what they mean.



I would sleep less, dream more, understanding that for each minute we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light. I would walk when others hold back. I would wake when others sleep. I would listen when others talk, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream!


If God were to give me a bit more life, I would dress simply, throw myself on the earth to face the sun, baring not only my body but also my soul. My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on ice, and wait for the sunrise. Over the stars I would paint with a Van Gogh dream a Benedetti poem, and a Serrat song would be the serenade I'd offer to the moon. With my tears I would water roses, to feel the pain of their thorns, and the red kiss of their petals.


My God, if I had a bit more life, I wouldn't let a single day pass without telling the people I love that I love them. I would convince each woman and each man that they are my favorites, and I would live in love with love. I would show men how very wrong they are to think that they cease to be in love when they grow old, not knowing that they grow old when they cease to love! To a child I would give wings, but I would let him learn to fly on his own. I would teach old men that death does not come with old age, but with forgetting. So much have I learned from you, oh men...


I have learned that everyone wants to live on the peak of the mountain, without knowing that real happiness is in how it is climbed. I have learned that when a newborn child squeezes for the first time with his tiny fist his father's finger, he has him trapped forever. I have learned that a man has the right to look down on another only when he is helping him to get to back on his feet. From you I have learned so many things, but in truth they won't be of much use, for when if keep them within this suitcase, unhappily I will be dying.


Always say what you feel, and do what you think. If I knew today was the last time I would see you sleep, I would hug you tightly and I would ask God to let me be the guardian of your soul. If I knew this would be the last time I would see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug, a kiss, and I would call you back to give you more. If I knew this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I would record your words to listen to them over and over forever. If I knew these were the last minutes together I would tell you "I love you" and I would not assume, foolishly, that you already know it.



There is always a tomorrow and life gives us the opportunity to do the right thing, but I am mistaken and today is all we have, I would like to tell you that I love you, I will never forget you.Tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be the last time you see those you love. So, don't wait any longer, do it today, if tomorrow never comes, you will certainly regret that you did not share a smile, a hug, a kiss, and you were too busy to spend time with them. Keep those you love close to you, whisper to them in their ear how much you need them, love them, and treat them right. Take time to tell them "I am sorry," forgive me," "please," "thank you," and all those words of love that you know.


Nobody will remember your secret thoughts. Ask God to give you the strength and wisdom to express them. Show your friends how much you care about them.


GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ

ESPANYOL


Si por un instante Dios se olvidara de que soy una marioneta de trapo y me regalara un trozo de vida, posiblemente no diría todo lo que pienso, pero en definitiva pensaría todo lo que digo.

Daría valor a las cosas, no por lo que valen, sino por lo que significan.



Dormiría poco, soñaría más, entiendo que por cada minuto que cerramos los ojos, perdemos sesenta segundos de luz. Andaría cuando los demás se detienen, despertaría cuando los demás duermen. Escucharía cuando los demás hablan y cómo disfrutaría de un buen helado de chocolate!



Si Dios me obsequiara un trozo de vida, vestiría sencillo, me tiraría de bruces al sol, dejando descubierto, no solamente mi cuerpo, sino mi alma. 
Dios mío si yo tuviera un corazón, escribiría mi odio sobre el hielo, y esperaría a que saliera el sol. Pintaría con un sueño de Van Gogh sobre las estrellas un poema de Benedetti, y una canción de Serrat sería la serenata que le ofrecería a la luna. Regaría con mis lágrimas las rosas, para sentir el dolor de sus espinas, y el encarnado beso de sus pétalos...



Dios mío, si yo tuviera un trozo de vida... No dejaría pasar un sólo día sin decirle a la gente que quiero, que la quiero. Convencería a cada mujer u hombre que son mis favoritos y viviría enamorado del amor.



A los hombres les probaría cuán equivocados están al pensar que dejan de enamorarse cuando envejecen, sin saber que envejecen cuando dejan de enamorarse! A un niño le daría alas, pero le dejaría que él solo aprendiese a volar. A los viejos les enseñaría que la muerte no llega con la vejez, sino con el olvido. Tantas cosas he aprendido de ustedes, los hombres...

He aprendido que todo el mundo quiere vivir en la cima de la montaña, sin saber que la verdadera felicidad está en la forma de subir la escarpada. He aprendido que cuando un recién nacido aprieta con su pequeño puño, por primera vez, el dedo de su padre, lo tiene atrapado
por siempre.

He aprendido que un hombre sólo tiene derecho a mirar a otro hacia abajo, cuando ha de ayudarle a levantarse. Son tantas cosas las que he podido aprender de ustedes, pero realmente de mucho no habrán de servir, porque cuando me guarden dentro de esa maleta, infelizmente me estaré muriendo.

Siempre di lo que sientes y haz lo que piensas. Si supiera que hoy fuera la última vez que te voy a ver dormir, te abrazaría fuertemente y rezaría al Señor para poder ser el guardián de tu alma. Si supiera que esta fuera la última vez que te vea salir por la puerta, te daría un abrazo, un beso y te llamaría de nuevo para darte más. Si supiera que esta fuera la última vez que voy a oír tu voz, grabaría cada una de tus palabras para poder oírlas una y otra vez indefinidamente. Si supiera que estos son los últimos minutos que te veo diría "te quiero" y no asumiría, tontamente, que ya lo sabes.



Siempre hay un mañana y la vida nos da otra oportunidad para hacer las cosas bien, pero por si me equivoco y hoy es todo lo que nos queda, me gustaría decirte cuanto te quiero, que nunca te olvidaré. El mañana no le está asegurado a nadie, joven o viejo. Hoy puede ser la última vez que veas a los que amas. Por eso no esperes más, hazlo hoy, ya que si el mañana nunca llega, seguramente lamentarás el día que no tomaste tiempo para una sonrisa, un abrazo, un beso y que estuviste muy ocupado para concederles un último deseo. Mantén a los que amas cerca de ti, diles al oído lo mucho que los necesitas, quiérelos y trátalos bien, toma tiempo para decirles "lo siento", "perdóname", "por favor", "gracias" y todas las palabras de amor que conoces.


Nadie te recordará por tus pensamientos secretos. Pide al Señor la fuerza y sabiduría para expresarlos. Demuestra a tus amigos cuanto te importan.



GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What To Do Now?! Que Hacer Ahora?!




Have you ever faced a situation in which life seemed to get really complicated? Something happened that made you throw all your plans overboard?

In June 2007 I explored Tikal, the  majestic ruins in the middle of the jungle in the north of Guatemala. "Survivor: The Maya Empire" was filmed there in 2005. This was my 5th visit to Tikal and I loved it as if it had been the first. Just when I was walking back to the parking lot to get the bus back to Flores, it started to rain. I took my cheap but handy plastic poncho out of my bag, put it on and began walking towards the exit of the park, a 10 minute walk. In the evening I decided to call the bus company to confirm my ticket to the Mexican border the next day. I was so excited about spending a few days in Cancun! I looked for my bus ticket and I realized that not only I did not have my tickets, but I did not have my passport, phone numbers, and bank information. NO! I felt like I had been punched really hard in the pit of my stomach.

For a minute I felt so lost and angry at myself I literally felt sick. As a traveler I know the importance of keeping your documents dry so I had everything in a Ziplock bag. I always carry in my bad and take care of it, or so I thought. How could I lose it? I was staying at a hostel where I shared a big room with 5 other travelers. Had someone took it from my bag thinking it had money? I freaked out. I could almost see myself wasting a week or more in Guatemala city getting a new passport and a new US visa to be able to travel via Miami to Egypt where I was moving to teach in a couple of weeks. I began to say good bye to my delicious 2-week trip to Cancun. But somehow I pull myself together and I reminded myself of how for many years I have believed in the power of prayer and being optimistic no matter what. I took a deep breath and thought of what to do next. I went to tell the receptionist at my hostel about what had happened. She knew a lady who knew where the actual manager of Tikal lived in town! I went to a travel agent who knew his address. I walked and found the house and talked to his wife because he was not home. Again I began to get discouraged.

Walking back to my hostel I asked myself: what do I do now?! After considering the options I decided the best thing to do was to get on a bus to the park the next morning. On my way there I prayed and I thanked God for everything He has provided me in my life. I thanked Him for my family, for my career, for the opportunity to travel, for His love and mercy in my life. I also pictured in my mind walking to the office and a clerck telling me: yes, we have it sir. As I arrived I thought to myself: perhaps I am not supposed to go to Cancun. Then I thought: no, I want to go and I trust God will take care of me at all times.

And yes, they had it!! Someone had found it and returned it!! I thought carefully about all this and I realized later that the passport fell off when I took the poncho out of my bag.

Everything was back on track!

I had lost just one day, but I learned a great lesson about not letting circumstances determine how I feel and what I think. On top of that, that day was sunnier so I wandered around Tikal and took better pictures than the previous day.


ESPANYOL

Que hacer ahora?!

Has enfrentedo alguna situacion en la que parecia que tu vida se complicaba demasiado? Te paso algo que te hizo tirar todos tus planes por la borda?

En Junio del 2007 explore las ruinas de Tikal, las majestuosas ruinas en medio de la selva en el norte de Guatemala. "Survivor; The Mayan Empire" se filmo allí en 2005. Esta fue mi 5ta visita a Tikal y me encanto como si hubiera sido la primera. Justo cuando estaba por regresar al parqueo  para ir a tomar el bus de retorno a Flores empezo a llover. Saque mi poncho plástico barato pero útil de mi morral, me lo puse y empece a caminar, una caminata de unos 10 minutos. En la noche decidi llamar a la compania de bus para confirmar mi boleto a la frontera de Mexico al dia siguiente. Estaba super emocionado de pasar unos días en Cancun! Busque por el boleto y me di cuenta que no solo no tenia mi boleto sino que no tenia mi pasaporte, mi libreta de telefonos, y mi informacion bancaria. NO! Senti como si me hubieran sacado el aire con un golpe en el estomago.

Por un minuto me senti tan perdido y tan enojado con mi mismo que literalment me maree. Yo se lo importante que es mantener los documentos secos, asi que tenia todo en una bolsita plastica que siempre llevo conmigo y que cuido muchisimo, al menos eso pensaba yo. Como pude perderla? Me estaba hospedando en un hostal donde compartía la habitación con 5 viajeros mas. Sera que alguien en el hostal la tomo pensando que tenia dinero? Me asuste. Ya casi me veia desperdiciando una semana o mas en la ciudad sacando un nuevo pasaporte y una nueva visa Americana para poder viajar a Egipto a donde estaba por mudarme en unas semanas. Empece a decirle adiós a 2 semanas deliciosas en Cancun. Pero, de alguna manera, mantuve la calma y me recorde a mi mismo que por muchos anios he creido firmemente en el poder de la oracion y el ser optimista pase lo que pase. Respire profundamente pensé en que hacer ahora. Fui a hablar con la recepcionista respecto a lo que me había pasado. Ella conocía a una persona que conocía donde vivía el admistrador de Tikal! Fui a hablar el agente de viajes que sabia la dirección. Camine y encontré la casa y hable con la esposa porque el no estaba. De nuevo me sentí desanimado.

Al caminar de regreso al hostal me pregunte de nuevo: que hago ahora? Despues de considerar las alternativas decidi que lo mejor que podia hacer era tomar un bus al parque la mañana siguiente. En el camino iba orando, dando gracias a Dios por su provision en mi vida, por mi familia, por mi carrera, por la oportunidad que tengo de viajar, por su amor por mi. Tambien me visualizaba en mi mente caminando hacia la oficina y a un guardaparques diciendome: Si, lo tenemos señor. Al llegar empece a pensar: quizá no deba ir a Cancun por alguna razon. Luego pensé: No, yo quiero ir y confio en que Dios me cuidara en todo momento.

Y si, lo tenian!! Alguien lo había encontrado y devuelto a la oficina. Pense detenidamente sobre todo esto y me di cuenta que el pasaporte se cayo cuando saque el poncho de mi morral.

Todo volvio al plan original!

Solo perdi un dia, pero aprendi una gran lección sobre no dejar que las circunstancias determinen lo que siento o lo que pienso. Ademas, ese dia estuvo mas soleado asi que volvi a caminar por Tikal y tuve oportunidad de tomar mejores fotos que el dia anterior. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How To Be Really Alive!



Live juicy. 


Stamp out conformity. 

Stay in bed all day. 


Dream of gypsy wagons. 

Find snails making love.

Develop an astounding appetite for books.

Drink sunsets.




Draw out your feelings. 


Amaze yourself.



Be ridiculous.



Stop worrying now. If not now, then when?



Make yes your favorite word.



Marry yourself.



Dry your clothes in the sun.



Eat mangos naked.



Keep toys in the bathtub.



Spin yourself dizzy.



Hang upside down.



Watch children play.



Celebrate an old person.



Send a love letter to your self. 



Be advanced.



Try endearing.



Invent new ways to love.



Transform negatives.



Delight someone.



Wear pajamas to a drive in movie.



Allow yourself to feel rich without money.



Be who you truly are.



Believe in everything.


You are always on your way to a miracle.



The miracle is you!


Sark