Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am down to the final two weeks of preparation before beginning the next leg of my adventure. Each time I come back from a long distance trip I have the same series of emotions ranging from overload, to peace, to anxiousness about getting back on the trail. I can honestly say that I am now on the latter, ready to roll. I love seeing family, catching up with friends and indulging in some of the creature comforts of civilization, not the least of which is ice and a refrigerator with food. However, there eventually comes a time when call of the road is inescapable. Now is such a time, so with that, the final prep begins.
For those of you that have never done these types of long distance adventures, the final weeks of prep seem very chaotic. I think right now I have 4 or 5 different 'To Do' lists, each with 10 to 15 items, some overlapping. There is never enough time in the day to get everything done, and the constant search for used gear becomes overwhelming. The good in all of this is that I know that I can survive with next to nothing, so while I search and seek for some things that will make my life on the road easier, I am content knowing that when I leave, whatever I have is what I have -- It is by default all I will need.
This is one of my messages to everyone, and one that is especially important this time of the year. We are constantly bombarded with messages from the media and corporate America reminding us that what we already have is insufficient; that in order to be truly happy and fulfilled we must run to the store and buy something new. The message tells us that somehow this purchase will make us happier and that life will be better, all the while implying that what you HAVE is not enough.
I am hear to simply remind you that yes, there are things that are nice to have; that often these things do make life eaiser or more enjoyable, and sometimes it is really nice to get them. But these THINGS do not bring you happiness, and in most cases, are just unecessary purchases. The true path lies in simply understanding that happiness originates from what you already HAVE, not what you need. When you finally see the world this way, then these messages become un-important, they loose their marketing magic.
With this knowlege you are FREE to be happy knowing that the source of all happiness and joy resides right inside your very soul. With this new knowledge, why don't you spend your money this year on the needy, those children that need food or the homeless that have no homes. Take your hard earned money and possibly forgo some of the gifts for yourself this holiday season and give to others less fortunate.
As an example, I will end with a story of my sister. A beautiful woman with a beautiful heart, two lovely children and a pretty cool husband. They are a typical middle American family, overworked, stressed by daily life, trying to just do the best they can. For the past several years, my sister has made friends and family give her boys toys and gifts for their birthdays that are destined for the needy. The boys are growing up with the knowledge that they HAVE enough, that they don't need more. So on their birthdays, they look forward to the gifts that come in to their house, happy in the knowledge that they are not destined for themselves, but instead for the children of real need.
The fact that she does this, and that those two boys have learned this lesson at such an early age brings tears to my eyes. What an amazing lesson to teach our children; to show them that we can be happy with what we have and that their is always someone else less fortunate than us. These two young boys make a profound difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Do you?
Peace & Love,