Having been out of the country traveling for the last couple of weeks and as so often happens when one travels, you appreciate even more what you have in your life. In addition to appreciating all the magnificent joy and beauty I have in my daily life, I have also walked away from this recent journey with a renewed respect for our mother Earth and all the wonderful gracious people who inhabit her. It doesn’t matter what tongue you speak, where you are from or the clothes you wear for when you go about your life with a smile on your face, joy in your heart, and an overall feeling of peace than that is what you will radiate back out into the universe. It matters not where you live, whether your are wealthy or poor, what matters is your state of mind and each and every one of us is in full control of our state of mind. We can choose whether to let things upset us, or take it all in stride, leaning into whatever situation arises, taking a breath and accepting what presents with balance. Balance is the key to each and every day, and we can achieve balance when we walk in harmony.
Fortunately for me I was able to visit New Zealand. The people of New Zealand take life in stride, perhaps because their country straddles the boundary between two tectonic plates and the collision between the two plates causes regular earthquakes, though severe ones are infrequent. However, New Zealand does experience around 14,000 earthquakes a year with some in excess of a magnitude 7 and it has active volcanoes as well. And yet with all this intense activity I cannot recall one instance of a local being upset about anything during the duration of my stay. I can recall having to breathe to keep myself focused. The Kiwis (native New Zealanders) live with something bigger each and every day, Mother Earth. They appear to have learned to listen, respect, and honor her by enjoying each and every moment of whatever time they might have to walk upon her. Please do not misinterpret my writing to state that New Zealand is nirvana as ‘bad stuff’ exists in New Zealand just like everywhere, but overall the majority of people take all of it in stride, and walk in peace. I am blessed for the journey and to once again be gently reminded that it is all about balance. Kia Ora!
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~ Edmund Hillary