All we need is love...NOT!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

I've figured out steps 3 and 7 in my 12-step Amazing Life program.

Step 3 is Love and step 7 is Balance. For some reason I’m still waiting for confirmation of what steps 4, 5 and 6 are. And for some other reason I know that step 7 is Balance, using my "knowingness". But then, why can’t that “knowingness” know what steps 4, 5, and 6 are? Hmmm! Another one of life’s mysteries. All comes to us when the time is right. (This was written a couple of weeks back but I never finished the entry)

I haven’t done this for a long while. Here are the words to a song to that we should all live by, as sung by Johnny Reid. You should check out his other songs, they’re all so inspirational.

TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD
GONNA TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME
I'VE MADE MY RESOLUTION
I’VE OPENED UP MY EYES
TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD

I'M GONNA SAY HELLO TO MY NEIGHBOR
GREET HIM WITH A SMILE
SHAKE THE HAND OF A STRANGER
SIT AND TALK FOR A WHILE
TELL SOMEONE I LOVE THEM
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD

(REPEAT CHORUS)

GONNA MAKE SURE MY CHILDREN
KNOW THERES A RIGHT AND WRONG
I’LL NEVER TURN MY BACK
ON THOSE OF US WHO NEED SOMEONE
I’M GONNA TRY TO SEE MYSELF
THROUGH ANOTHERS EYES
TODAY IM GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD

(REPEAT CHORUS)

TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD
TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD
NOT FOR ME, BUT FOR THOSE I'LL LEAVE BEHIND
I'VE MADE MY RESOLUTION
CHANGE IT ONE DAY AT TIME
TODAY I'M GONNA TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD

For the past 3 weeks I’ve been busy helping family. I changed my sister’s hot water tank and installed ceramic tiles in her kitchen, plus I helped by brother out by cleaning out his garage. I’ve also started planning another trip. Where to this time? .....Asia. Backpacking. From January to April.

Now what made me decide to do this? My sister in law has been reading the book, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert on the weekends I spend at the lake, near Gimli, with her and my brother. One night we had also planned on going to see the movie. Unfortunately it was sold out when we went to purchase the tickets. In the book, Elizabeth travels to Italy to eat, then to India to pray in an Ashram, and then heads to Bali in Indonesia to find love. I’ve already been to Italy and India and Indonesia remain to be visited. So why not?

I have 4 months between Christmas and having to be back in Canada for Nick’s RMC graduation in May. Is it possible to backpack through 16 south easterly Asian countries in that time? Only the Universe knows. The alternative is to head back to California and “hang-out” there for those 4 months. In the past 6 months I’ve “thought of”, riding my motorcycle through Australia, up from the tip of South America, to Alaska, and around south and western Europe. None of those “thoughts” have panned out. So why would backpacking through Asia be any different?

Last Monday was my sister’s birthday. The one who lives in Nanaimo. I gave her a call and we chatted. I said that in 2 weeks I would be in Calgary for Alexis 16th birthday and then I might continue west to her place and spend a couple of months there. Then I told her about my plans to backpack through Asia. She said I “think” too much. I also told her about the truck problems I was having that past weekend.

This week I’ve been at the RV park where I’ve spent most weekends since I arrived in Manitoba in June, where my brother and sister-in-law have their 5th wheel parked. Time to catch up on some bookkeeping and the campground is deserted. I decide to bring my bike for the week and so had to take my truck instead of the car. The truck battery is dead when I go get it from storage. Give it a boost and drive to my brother’s house. It won’t start again. Another boost and then drive the 75 kms to the lake. Battery should be partially charged. Nope. Dead as a doornail. Put the battery charger on. Nope. Still dead. This battery is only 9 months old, having been replaced last December. There’s an Auto Zone store in Gimli that’s associated with the repair shop that changed the battery in Calgary. Nope, they can’t warranty the battery as it’s from a different manufacturer then what the chain carries. There’s a phone number on the battery. I call and find out where, nearby, they have suppliers. The Chrysler dealership in town carries the batteries. Go there. Can’t help. Not a Chrysler issue. Drive the 60 kms to Selkirk, the next nearest supplier (it’s a wholesaler but can sell to me because I have a corporation). Yes! They have the battery I need, but can’t warranty it. I buy it anyway. $200. Go back to the RV park and switch it with the 5th wheel’s battery that I’ve been using to drive this day. Then I notice a sticker on the new battery that says, “re-charge by 06-08”. Yep. Dead as a doornail as that wasn't done. This is when I called my sister to wish her a happy birthday. I wasn’t too happy at the time. Why? Because I was trying to understand the lesson I had to learn and hadn’t quite figured it out.

The next day I return the “dead” battery. They don’t have a replacement. Get my money back. Head to the Auto Zone store in town that I had driven by the day before. Yes, they have the battery I need and it’s $30 cheaper. Head back out of town after stopping at Safeway for some groceries. Drive 10 kms and then make a u-turn and head to Canadian Tire.

You see, the reason my batteries keep on getting dead cells is due to the fact that the batteries slowly drain when the truck isn’t being used regularly. I went to Canadian Tire to try and find something that can easily disconnect the battery when I store it in the future. I found a sensor that monitors the battery capacity and automatically disconnects it if it reaches a level that wouldn’t allow the truck to start. The bonus, the part was on sale.

The lesson I needed to learn? Patience!

I always get what I need if I wait long enough. Why get upset with the things that happen in life if you already know that the delay allows you to get what you truly need? I know that I do.

The reason I needed to learn that lesson at this time? Patience is step 4 in my/the Universe’s 12-step Amazing Life program. I’ve asked the Universe to provide me with the answers to the 12 steps required to live an amazing life. I already have an idea what they are as I live them every day, but I’m not sure in which order others need to learn them in to make it an easy process. Ask, the genie says, and you shall receive. Thank You!

My sister thinks that I think too much in planning my life. The unrealized trips have just been thoughts. They will happen at some point in time in the future as I have envisioned them. Learning to be patient is the hard part. Asia, might or might not happen. All happens when the time is right. My thoughts are never wrong. I just haven't learned to put them in the right sequence.

Now, about a title for this 12-step program?

How about “What? Is! The 12 steps Stairway to Heaven!”?

Think It! Feel It! Live It! Love It!
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Comments

Murielle on

Yes, I did say you think too much... Perhaps I should elaborate on the meaning of this comment for the benefit of your readers. When you spend as much time as you do "thinking" (perhaps the better word would be "analysing") about the lessons you are meant to learn, you miss the road signs the Universe puts before you. "Thinking" causes you to look inward. The road signs are external. It's all about balance!

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cobra1899 on

I would say it's the opposite. Thinking is thoughts. I believe that thoughts come from "outside" as they often come from the Universe. It's the signs that are internal since, living from the soul and having "lived" our entire life (journey) then it is in remembering the signs that we follow the path we were meant to live without having to re-learn our lessons. It's all a matter of interpretation. Thinking, as in analyzing and signs, as in memory. This is how I see where you're coming from. See you next week.

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