The Futility of Life!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

"In the same way the moon follows a set path between the stars, keep yourself fixed in the presence of a wise teacher and fellow aspirants" 
 
                      Reflections of Buddha. 15. Happiness. Verse 208
 
    I went to the beach today. I wanted a "nothing" day.  Yes...there is so much to see, and I could take a few thousand more pictures...but...I...wanted...a....NOTHING...day!
 
    So I left my watch at the camper, grabbed my book, water bottle and chair and drove to the beach. It's cloudy out, but warm. I didn't have much left to read in this book so I knew I'd be finished fairly quickly...then..."nothing day!" There were quite a few people there. Mostly tourists and surfers. OK...I did take a few pictures first. Then grabbed my chair, sat down and read till I had nothing left to read. Then I had nothing left to do but look around and listen. Listen to the waves crashing down. Listen to the birds. Listen to the silence. Look at the waves....look at the waves...look at the waves...(record's skipping (you know...round, black thing..has music on it...before CDs)). Actually I spent a lot of time observing the surfers and boogie-boarders...and the futility of it all. They paddle a couple of hundred feet out into the ocean and wait...and wait...and wait for what looks like the perfect wave. On a side note, if you've ever observed the waves on the ocean they come in groups...3, 4, 5 of them and then just the oscillation of water.  So, as a surfer, you have a lot a waiting to do to catch a wave...catch that...PERFECT wave. Because not every wave will do.  You have to be at just the right place in the water when you notice a certain type of wave approaching. Then you start paddling...paddling like hell. Because you have to be going the right speed, and be at just the right spot on the water for the momentum to make you "Catch the Wave". Just like they sing in the Beach Boys songs. But what usually happens is the wave is wrong. It doesn't flow the way you need it to. So you turn around, paddle back out. You do this a few times... then...YES...YES...you actually float...about 25 feet. NOT THE PERFECT WAVE! Start all over. Paddle out. Wait for the waves. Wait for the right kind of wave. Paddle forward as fast as you can. NOPE...wrong wave. But then....SUCCESS!...YES!...The PERFECT wave brings you all the way...in...to... shore. You are ecstatic.
 
    Isn't life like that? We paddle, paddle, paddle, looking for that promotion at work? Or, a job that pays more. Or, a relationship that doesn't fizzle out after the 3rd date. Occasionally we get to float a whole 25 feet. But, once in a while we catch the PERFECT wave. Meet that perfect someone. Find the perfect job. Have the perfect kids.
 
    Now back to the futility of surfing. As an observer you might think it's futile doing all that paddling and waiting for the occasional 150 foot float down to the beach. A few years ago the whole family went down to Mazatlan before Christmas for a couple of weeks. There we met "Bikini Judy". She was like... a hundred years old... teaching tourists how to boogie-board. Think she taught Moses how to surf when he parted the Red Sea. OK... maybe not a hundred...but she had spent waaaaay too much time out in the sun. She said she had played "Gidget" in one the movies.  (You have to be over 40 to remember Gidget, or at least stay up late and watch TCM (Turner Classic Movies)). Anyways, she taught us all how to boogie-board. It is a lot of fun. You swallow a lot of water...salted sea water.
 
    On Friday I received an email from my long-term disability insurance company. According to the rules, they cannot pay me benefits after October 31 because of...well the rules. I'm OK with that. It was expected. I am now living my Life Truth. Synchronicity, intuition, luminosity, and spiritual awareness will lead me along the path that I must follow. Somewhere I will find a source of income that will pay for this Journey and the book that I will write. I am "Thinking It?", I am "Feeling It!", and I am "Living It."  I have just finished the first month of the planned  8 month Journey away. The REAL  Journey is just beginning. The Spiritual Journey of the Rest of My Life.
 
    I have come to the conclusion that not much of my book will be written during the first part of the Journey. The blog...the taking of pictures...the travelling...and the meeting of people is the purpose here. I will require an inspiring location to actually write the book after I have returned to Calgary (my house is not it). I will meet someone, or someone will read the blog and offer me an inspiring location to write as they will know from their Life Truth that that is what they have to do. The same with funding. Someone will find the message I am communicating inspiring and will realize that it is their Life Truth to get this message out to as many people as possible.
 
    You never know, I still have to pass through Florida, Texas and California. I could meet a Hollywood actress, have her fall madly in love with me (I have been told I'm cute), wisk me away to her Chalet in Switzerland so I can write my book, then arrange to have Matthew McConaughey play me in the movie about my Journey.
 
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. " -  Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"
 
I finished reading "The Celestine Vision" by James Redfield. Check out his website-   http://www.celestinevision.com/
 
     Only 21 more books to read (that I brought with me or borrowed on my stop in Montreal). Oh...I also finished reading the final Harry Potter book. But that doesn't count in my spiritual readings. And I almost forgot...I also have the Bible to read. That should take a week or two to get through.

(Pictures to follow. My camera battery died (guess I did take too many pictures today) and I'm waiting for it to charge up so that I can upload the pictures to my computer)

Pictures now uploaded, but I decided to leave the comment here. (over 2000 pictures taken) In College I took a photography course and with film you would have about 6 good pictures per 24 exposure film (1 in 4). With digital cameras the ratio now is probably closer to 1 in 20. So I have about 100 good pictures. But don't think I'm just posting my good ones. I have to keep some to myself.
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cobra1899
cobra1899 on

Email from Mom!
I received this email from my Mom and just had to post it for everyone to read. It's Awesome!

'Just a litlle note to let you know that I got a few feedback from your travel blogs that I sent the links to:

Aunt Rolande said:Thank's for Paul's travel e-mail ! It is most interesting & I enjoyed viewing all the gorgeous pictures.
Won't he get homesick traveling alone for so many months?

Melanie said: Merci pour le travel blog de Paul, c'est interessant a lire!

Stefan said: He read a couple of your blogs & will e-mail you! Thanks for sending me the link.

Dad said: Are you still on that computer?

I better let you go!

Have a nice week-end!

Love You!
MOM 0X0X0'

etrudel
etrudel on

Message to Mom
Mom, you told me you were upset that Paul had posted your e-mail for all the world to see, but I hadn't read it yet when you told me that so I couldn't comment. Now that I have read it, I have to agree with Paul. It's the underlying message of your e-mail that's awesome ... I laughed with tears in my eyes when I read Dad's comment ... adding that to your e-mail was priceless. Love you both, ET

cobra1899
cobra1899 on

Mom's Message!
Thanks ET.

Haven't had time to clear that up.

Paul

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