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    A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore

     

    Can you still stay for awhile? Sofia, 10 year old daughter of my host family in Austria yelled out from her window as I was about to put my last luggage inside the car. In my haste, I remember I forgot to kiss her good-bye as I didn’t see her around.

    Her words and my never ending rushing are my crossroads in life.  I always have these choices: stay or leave.  Sadly for those who asked me to stay, I opted to leave.

    These past two months of extensive travelling and rushing really drained me out. I feel hollow inside! There never seems to be enough time. I have less for myself and far less for another person.

    I see myself in those who are impatient for people who talk or walk slowly, impatience in traffic, slow service, etc. “Time is money” we say. We rarely have time for real dialogue or for just “wasting time”.  Living in a European culture, this kind of system is eating me up slowly or faster?

    somewhere never anywhere

    This month, my work took me up to the beautiful Alps of Europe. Trekking along the steepy trails, enjoying the silence and solitude of the mountain sides, immersing in deep thoughts on a mountaintop while observing the panaroma below gave me a chance to slow down my pace and begin to see the world in a different perspective.

    The marvelous part of it, I was only carrying a light backpack and in between pause, I would sit down pondering on a quote  inscribed on a plaque affixed to the bench like these:

    travel -Alice in Wonderland

    reflections

    Yes, Just where am I going anyway? Where is there? Who am I? etc

    I am always going somewhere, never being anywhere…never being with the person or people I care for.

    One hiker beside me was reading a book of Helen Nearing, “Loving and leaving the Good life” and she smilingly showed me a passage from the book:

    When one door closes, another opens . . . into another room, another space, other happenings. There are many doors to open and close in our lives. Some doors we leave ajar, where we hope and plan to return. Some doors are slammed shut decisively – “No more of that!” Some are closed regretfully, softly – “It was good, but it is over.”

    Departures entail arrivals somewhere else. Closing a door, leaving it behind, means opening onto new vistas and ventures, new possibilities, new incentives.”

    Reading it seemed to give me another oracle to my queries: am I ready to close a door? what am I ready to give up?

    I am beginning to  believe that no external success can atone for internal failures.

    I placed my last heavy luggage inside my car and went back to see Sofia.  I looked at her sad eyes wanting to tell her I can’t stay as I have another train to catch up. Instead, my lips uttered…”okay, I will stay for awhile!”

    TRAVEL QUOTES

    What am I doing here?”
    Rimbaud writing home from Ethiopia

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

    Muhammad says, ‘Love of one’s country is a part of the faith.’
    But don’t take that literally! Your real ‘country’ is where you’re heading, not where you are.
    Don’t misread that hadith.”
    Rumi

    If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
    Henry Miller

    Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'”
    – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

    When you are everywhere, you are nowhere.
    When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.”
    – Rumi

    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

    If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
    Glenn Clark

    Home is where I should be.” – Isak Dinesen, Out of africa

    No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” –Lin Yutang

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    ‘Writing to me is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Asimov

    I started writing my blog not solely for  an audience but as a channel for my thoughts, my experiences, my passions and my addiction to quotes. I didn’t realize the power of the Good Spirit will accompany my words and give life to them.  A Life that breathes inspiration and touches my reader’s heart and mind.

    When I think and put it into writing, it is like sowing a seed. I do not know what will happen to that seed. Will it grow and bear fruits?

    After three months of sowing, I can see my seeds growing slowly through a positive response from my readers. Some never commented on my posts but they showed their presence by nominating me among the top 10 emerging and influential blogs or  blogging to fame . Others would add me up to technoractic and subscribe to my feeds.

    Some became my friends and met them in real life, the rest  remained faceless friends and leave their marks on my posts, add me up in their blogrolls or transmit me a blogger’s virus called meme perhaps thinking I have something nutty to say … and the latest??

    Tadan!!!

                                      Thinking Blogger Award

    I have been given the Thinking Blogger Award by AcquireWisdom !! Isn’t it great?? The Good Spirit made him think or better still,  reflect?!!

    I think, therefore I blog is a parody of Cogito ergo sum and it is what I am!  Thank you Sam of Acquire Wisdom and for everyone who has been touch by the Good Spirit…PAX et BONUM!!!

    The originator of the award, Ilker Yoldas at The Thinking Blog has some rules:

    1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think
    2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
    3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog). That was that! Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all – blogs that really get you thinking!

    Now  I would like to pass this award to:

    Liz strauss – whose manifesto “I will live as a writer who keeps alive the music of the language, holds head and heart together in the words, and writes in hope and passion that one person will be better because he or she reads what I wrote” , inspired me to improve my contents.

    Camille– whose unusual meme gave me the courage to face my past life.

    Claudia -for her delicate and smooth flowing artistic insights.

    Filipino Photographers – I like the expressions and life they have captured through their lens.

    Janet – for her reflective thinking blog and her initiative to encourage a recognition for the top ten emerging influential blogs.

    I’m posting Janet’s overall ranking of the blogs submitted for the third week so I could have the chance to know each one of them, except for myself of course! To each one of you, my kudos and hope that our mind will be an instrument for a “better world” within ourselves and outside us!

    1. An Apple a Day
    2. Kubiertos
    3. Make Money Online with a 13-Year Old
      Culture Shiok!
    4. Make Money Online with Dosh Dosh
    5. The D Spot
      The Philosophical Bastard
    6. Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic
      It’s not only fruity, it’s oaty!
      Studies in Technopreneurship
    7. I Heart Manila
      Quotes in Can
    8. C5’s How to Solve the Problem
      Career Ramblings
      Life is Good
      Make Money Online with Ja Kel Daily
      Successful Blogging Tips by Gary Conn
      The Dork Factor
      Unsent
    9. from the boondocKs
      Letters to Mikee
      Make Money Online Free: Courtney Tuttle
      My Tech Life
      Net Business Blog
      PinoyCentric
      Ryan ShamusSmartWealthyRichSolo Mother
      Thirty Thousand Fishes
      Tingog
      Utakgago
    10. Annamanila
      Cheese to go with my whine
      CokskiBlue
      Fighting Gravity
      Gagopolis
      goodness graciousness
      Greenphils
      jun.anteola
      kuro-kuro-ko-to
      Lakwatsera Ako
      My Filipino Wedding
      occupation: SAHM
      Pinoy Seminars
      Rising Sun
      Shouting my whispers to the universe
      Strangeweed
      Teacher Gee
      The Comic Blurb
      Worldwide Success

    Let’s think through our fingers… 

    THINKING QUOTES

    Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.” Edward Gibbon

    I always wrote with the idea that what I put out there is going to stay there. Once I publish something, it has been published. I’ve never deleted more than one or two posts from my site. I don’t think that there are takebacks. I don’t feel right about it. ” –
    Alison Headley

    A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?” – George Orwell

    This is pretty much what journals are all about, at least to me. I knew as I wrote them that even though they provided an excellent place for brain (and heart, and psyche) dump, they were mainly a map of me.” – Colleen Wainwright

    Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”- Cyril Connolly

    Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C.S. Lewis

    When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” – Abraham Lincoln

    The ‘how’ thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ‘ifs’.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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