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“I’m alive,” he said to the boy, as they ate a bunch of dates one night, with no fires and no moon.  “When I’m eating, that’s all I think about.  If I’m on a march, I just concentrate on marching.  If I have to fight, it will be just as good a day to die as any other.

“Because I don’t live in either the past or my future.  I’m interested only in the present.  If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.  You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

~ The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Want not! Nature Center, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT

Outdoors, winding down after a long day of travel, I chatted last night with a good friend. I should say, I chatted. She, on the other hand, exclaimed, raising her arms toward the night sky, “It’s so clear! So clear. The moon is like a moon on a clear night in Maine. It’s a Maine night. Look how clear you can see the stars and…look at that moon. It’s crystal clear.”

I nodded, glanced and kept up my talk…how I would straighten out the world and everyone in it, if only…mind chatter that equaled mindless chatter…blah…blah…blah. In the toilet bowl of my mind, I missed “the moment.” I was alive. She was alive. We would never meet at that point in time again. I missed it, because of the gray matter nonsense between my ears. When I find myself in that messy place, quite frankly, it’s not real; it not the place of here and now.

Suddenly the sweeping skyscape swept me off my feet; my mind became as clear as the night’s sky. “Wow, do you see those blue stars? They are so blue, they are almost violet.” One flush of that messy gray matter, and I transported myself back to life…the real, perfect McCoy.

On your next day trip, rejigger and stop talking about yourself for a moment and start talking “it” up; “it” being those insignificant things that are so significant when we stop and notice and say, humbly and sincerely, “Thanks! I am not the end all and be all, and I can rest in your supreme and perfect presence.”

“All it takes is a little…”

In the past blog, I stated “Liz Cooper who opened Newtown, CT’s Great Finds & Designs this past year not only carries women’s fashions, jewelry and accessories, home décor and gift items, but freshly baked cookies with copies of the accompanying recipe at hand for shoppers and browsers as well.”

And if that doesn’t raise the bar on the mood gauge, this will:    Liz is one of the most encouraging women I’ve ever met.  First, back to my previous blog.  Remember how I griped about the long, dreary, sadly dismal state-of-mind winter that I had in my mind (mind = one’s worse enemy)?  Well, I spilled out my guts to her; right over the jewelry counter.  Her pearls of advice?  “Faith.”  In fact, she pointed out a sign right above her head on the shelf that said just that.

She shared a bit of her story with me, which began with her own leap of faith into the unchartered waters of running a business.  She did hire the services of a coach whom she raves about.  Did I feel great?  Not really, but it gave me a spark of fuel for the long day’s and week’s journey ahead.  One thing certain, you don’t have to do it alone.  That’s the nice thing about taking a short trip somewhere—you never know who you will meet.  What I have found is that most successful small business people, who are living their passions, are more likely to exchange some positive dialogue with you to help lift your spirits, energize, rejuvenate, fill your mind and help you rejigger.* 

 *  “Quietly but noticeably over the past year, Americans have rejiggered their lives to elevate experiences over things. Because of the Great Recession, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll has found, nearly half of Americans said they were spending less time buying nonessentials, and more than half are spending less money in stores and online,” In Recession, Americans Doing More, Buying Less; NYT, January 2, 2010.

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Through simple secrets to a happier life like day-trip adventures and a gratitude journal by the bedside, I have not only been able to overcome many obstacles in my life, but erase negative and useless thinking…and, yes, learn to relax, rejuvenate, rejigger. *

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* “Quietly but noticeably over the past year, Americans have rejiggered their lives to elevate experiences over things. Because of the Great Recession, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll has found, nearly half of Americans said they were spending less time buying nonessentials, and more than half are spending less money in stores and online,” In Recession, Americans Doing More, Buying Less; NYT, January 2, 2010.

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