The hardest prison to escape is the mind.
I have been thinking a lot about mental strength lately. You keep hearing all these cases about anxiety. Please, don’t get me wrong. I know there are many valid diagnoses of anxiety however, I don’t feel like everyone who claims to have the illness is truly ill. I have bouts of anxiety but I work through it. I don’t let it overcome me. I am worried we are not teaching our children how to deal with anxiety correctly.
I had a lady on my flight back from Orlando who was nearly violent with her flying anxiety. She thrashed and cried and was very aggressive to her companion. I, seated next to her, had to hold her hand and explain to her that the sounds and actions were normal for a flight. Instead of her taking control of her mind she let it over power her. She let her mind take control and affect everyone around her. Now, I do not like turbulence. I become very nervous and anxious. However, I never let my mind take control. I grab a firm hold of myself and do not allow my mind to control my actions. This seems a normal way of things to me. Otherwise anyone with any action that is outside of their comfort zone would result in chaos.
I recently re-read Hatchet. It’s a story about a young boy who survived a plane crash in the Canadian Wilderness. Throughout his 2 months lost in the woods many times he could have let his fear and despair incapacitate him. Through mental strength he survived and prospered. This was required reading when I was in school but if it isn’t perhaps it is to us to teach our children to have mental strength. It is our best asset and least used muscle. We need to exercise and develop our minds as we would our bodies. It is vital to our future. Be strong in body, heart, and MIND!
The Quetico Provincial Park is a large (1.8 million Acres) wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Or at least that is what Wikipedia says.
My roomie and I had a couple days off and wanted to camp somewhere new. Both of us are hobbyist kayak-ers and the Quetico is nothing but water; well and a few trees. The only campground in the park is about 2 hours away. Otherwise you can camp back country. We packed our gear and headed out. This was our farthest trip into Canada we have done.
While we were hopeful for wildlife sighting the road to the campground is rather dull. Our site, my roomie picked out, was amazing. We had views of the lake but no access. However, about 100 yards way was a small beach where we could launch. The site itself was large and I could park the truck and tent and have room for more. We kayaked a few times making our way down little rivulets and enjoyed the warm days. It was relaxing, even with rain through the night. All too soon we came home to reality and kitties.
“If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you” Friedrich Nietzshe
How telling that thought is. You are what you put into your body, mind, soul. That is an important concept to keep in the forefront of your mind. You should always be conscience of what you take in. This involves what environment you keep yourself in too. If you surround yourself with trash there is nothing else for you to take in but that trash. Surround yourself with peace and calm and your life will drastically change. This is something we need to teach our children. If we can raise a generation who takes a moment to fill themselves with peace and understanding the future would be bright indeed.
I have been meaning to write all weekend and then things go sideways. Thing never go as I planned. Especially when my mom is involved. I keep thinking that things will change with her. But, alas it never does. I always set myself up for failure. I need to just understand that things won’t ever get better.
It goes without saying that the weekend wasn’t as good as it could have been. There was good things though. I got to see Shamu at Seaworld. Such wonderful creatures. The park was great and we saw walruses, penguins, and seals. I haven’t been to SeaWorld for years and it was great to see the sights. This is the last generation of Orca that SeaWorld will have and I was glad to see them before they leave. The penguins were in like 40*F snowy room. It was such a shock from 90*F outside. We also went to Epcot and walked around. It was interesting to see what they think are the highlights of the countries they have on display. Still way too hot.
Seems like I should have been more productive over the week I was gone. I don’t know where the time went. I do know that we went to Lowes 4 times and Walmart 5 times. What black holes those places are. Now back at home I feel like it’s time to play catch-up. So much outdoor stuff to do and I leave again in 2 weeks for a work detail. However, on a good note, there is a work opportunity that should open up soon and get me out of Minnesota. I can’t wait! I have been here too long.
I will get caught up more with you all as I get some more free time. I have been thinking of where I want to travel to next. I am thinking of India and Nepal. Any suggestions or ideas?
My heart just breaks for London this week. I feel for those people who must feel lost. I wish I could have talked with the attacker before the incident and understood what really drives them. You have to have such strong beliefs to take other peoples lives away. I hope through this all we learn how to understand. Really that is what the world needs right now. Understanding. Not blind acceptance or prejudges. Just an open heart and a willingness to learn. Send these poor misguided people love. Send the whole world love and wisdom!
The Ninth Circle by R. A. Harland Fantastic women’s version of The Dresden Files. Two sisters in search of their third. Powerful and strong women that will let nothing get in their way. Harland does a fantastic job building these characters and you can really feel their bond of kinship. Story flows well and goes by way too quickly. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger This was a delightfully fun book. A simple, but classy, country girl goes off to finishing school. However, it isn’t a finishing school of the normal sense but instead, the school teaches you how to “finish” or kill a person. Great fun! The story is super fun and bright. The characters are lovely and well thought out. If you really like this one there is more in the series.
Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum The suspense is killing me! This story is placed in Western Washington in a little town that only the locals might know. Makes the book even more special to Washingtonians. That aside this is a all around fantastic story. Very well devolved involving a tangled web around the Royal Casino. From the first bet placed you are hooked. The author does a fantastic job including explanations of the different type of games and casino life without boring the avid card play or insult the ignorant. You might even learn a new card trick or two. You will have a hard time putting this book down. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr. Wow this is a interesting book. Just a little out there and unfortunately it drags toward the end. Great story about the end of the world as we know it. It is a little tongue in cheek. If you want an idea about what could happen after all the world leaders nuke each other this is the book for you.
Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law Fantastic story of courage and friendship. Asher has always been shunned because he might have been the reason for his mothers death. After learning about a prophecy he find the truth is much more complicated. Together with his friends Asher goes on an amazing adventure to save the universe!!!
Take it to the Grave: Part One by Zoe Carter Hooked from the word go!!! Your heart goes out to new mother Sarah. She tries to be the perfect mother but with a flirtatious husband and a judgmental mother-in-law its hard. Sarah’s sister Maisey is a nurse without borders and is working hard to keep their childhood at bay. There is a huge past hanging over these girls but what can they do overcome it?
Other books Read
Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Terminal Man by Michael Crichon
Many people look at me sideways because I am so willing to test the unknown. I know that it is human nature to ridicule things that are strange or beyond our capabilities. However, we need to make an effort to combat this urge. I tell people it isn’t that I’m not afraid it is that I don’t let the fear stop me. I believe if more people thought that way great changes would happen in the world. People who were letting the fear keeping them from asking for a raise, moving away, standing up to a bully, etc. would be able to change their path into a more desired direction. Don’t live through other people live your own life to the fullest. Scared but not stopped.