"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time. "Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it,
What are you going to do, Christopher Robin,
and you say, Oh nothing, and then you go about to do it."
"Oh, I see," said Pooh."This is a nothing sort of thing that we're doing now." "Oh, I see," said Pooh again."It means we're just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." A. A. Milne
"When you're going through a rough patch, it's only natural to think about the struggle you're having, while overlooking things in your life to be grateful for. But if you want a bright future, it's essential that you think about bright things - and nothing could be brighter than gratitude.
You and I create our own futures by the things we think about and appreciate:
If you want more love in your life, be grateful for the love you already have. If you want more money, appreciate the money you have now. If you want better health, love and appreciate your body. If you want more friends, take really good care of the friends you have now. If you want success, be grateful for your past and present successes. Create your own future through the amazing power of gratitude!
"Then followed that beautiful season...summer... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
32 years ago, before we were married, Mike and I travelled together on a European adventure. We took trains and visited many countries. We biked in Holland, took pictures of each other in front of every major monument across the continent, ate our first rijstaffel in Amsterdam, walked ourselves silly in Rome, got very drunk with friends in Denmark and in general had a grand adventure. A significant event happened on a long train ride from Zurich to Paris. We were seated across from a pretty, young woman. Our seats faced each other and eventually we all began talking, sharing thoughts and lots of laughter. She was Finnish and her name was Arja.* (pronounced Aria)She was living in Zurich but at that time her husband, Paul was studying in Paris. She was meeting him there. When we finally arrived in Paris her husband greeted her, she introduced him to us and they asked us to join them for a drink at a cafe. Little did we know that day would be the beginning of a life long friendship. One of the gifts of travel is chance encounters like this one which provide opportunities to meet people you would likely not meet otherwise.
Today we leave on another travel adventure. After 32 years we are finally making our way back to Zurich to visit Paul and Arja. Although we have managed to meet up with them at various times throughout the years it was never in their homeland. This will be a very special time for us all to share together. I can hardly wait!
Arja, Barb, Mike, Paul Fall 2009 Santa Monica California
After Switzerland we will be flying to Italy to continue our adventures...
Guess who'll be waiting for us to arrive?
Aria Summer 2010
Well, it will be our daughter Aria and guess who she was named after? (Though spelled a little differently from the Finnish spelling she was named after Arja* our friend from Switzerland.)
I will not be blogging while travelling but will continue to post here with pre-set selections. See you all when I get back.
I believe in love and kindness, family first, deep meaningful friendships, counting one's blessings and giving to others what you yourself need. I strive to see life as a glass half full. I am very grateful for the life I have and all the wonderful people that make this grand adventure so worthwhile.