BLOG 132—Saw a Little Wilderness This Week

BLOG 130Saw a Little Wilderness This Week

Do you wander or just wonder?
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

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In my challenge for you this week, I am encouraging you to learn three “new” words. I am doing that too. In fact, I plan to start exercising more. You know, regular exercise is always a wise, “salubrious” habit.

Your home is where your life is, make it a home of magnificence! That is why I am working so hard on Beth’s home. The cost is not that much to reach toward excellence; this really adds to our life here.


Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
At any age, you ca
n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

I hope the words I pick do help you.
From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential

A Solo Life
Learn to be with yourself in life! For the last ten years off-and-on, I have had to while living in my van and traveling. For myself, advancing in juggling and writing books are also very solo ventures.

I had to track my own success, and I had to be the one to pat myself on the back. People are here to help us, but, we have to run our own show, make our own advancements, and see our own accomplishments. There is no one on earth who can be as good a friend as yourself. You must take comfort in that.

  • You’re always that one smiling back when you look in a mirror.
  • There’s only one person you’re certain to spend every moment with.
  • You can depend on you like no other.
  • I’ve tried to ignore me. It can’t be done.
  • You are always there when you need you.
  • There is actually only one person that you control in your life – yourself.
  • You have no better friend – you are your own best friend – respect yourself.

Learn to manage your own drive forward, and then the support of others is only an added benefit in adding to your motivation. Of course, remember to give more then you receive. Depend on yourself like no one else can (because, they really can’t!). Other people will not respect you if you don’t respect yourself.

Like you, I’ve been way up and I’ve been way down. Something that helped me after the accident was when I was down and depressed and feeling like giving up, I’d remember that I would be back up again and doing well in no time. When I was on top of the world and things were going great, I’d know that I would be back down again.

Balance is the key. When you’re down, remember that you’ll be back up again. When you’re up, know you “might” be back down. You have control of your life and how you feel. Expect the best because we get what we expect. Do this and depression will never be a part of your life.

You are me?

See me do my thing

I see you do yours

I will not judge you

You will not judge me

You are you and I am me

I will not seek to change you

You will please not seek to change me

We are here for ourselves

If we find each other, it’s fabulous

If not, we each miss out

You are you and I am me

Surprise Yourself
Your relationship with yourself is dynamic! You are constantly changing, advancing, growing and learning. You can live your entire life and still not know everything there is to know of you. I continue to learn more all the time about me. One of the finest parts about life is that there are always new discoveries and moments when you can surprise yourself. In fact, there were parts of this book, this writing, which surprised me. I wrote something and then asked myself, did I just write that? It’s a good feeling when I surprise myself.

Who Do You Love?
There is no other human being in the world like you. Billions of people have a mouth, a nose, and two eyes, but no one looks exactly like you. And, none of them have any of your thoughts, traits, methods, memories, and ways. You are special, you are unique, and you are one-of-a-kind. There is not another individual in the world who is more important than any other person in the world, no matter what kind of work they do, how many balls they can juggle, any accidents they may go through, what kind of position they have in life, or how they look. Each of us is as valuable and worthwhile as any other person (except for you, you’re the special one!)

Alone Time
It’s so essential to be with yourself, by yourself, and treat yourself well by being able to spend quality time just with yourself. This can be harder than it seems, especially when you don’t take the time to do just that. Life has its stress and keeps you busy, but you have to make the time. How do you take time for yourself when you have so many things – work, family, juggling practice, activities, and friends competing for the time you do have? Wake earlier, eat less at meals, don’t watch TV – just a few of the ways to get more time. Also, when you have some free time, keeping things just to yourself can feel a little self-centered. You may be the only one who knows. This is your time, use it right.

At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
Now, it’s time to get out there and do
something incredible that
you can rejoice in!


8/20—Time to meet Beth’s family!

Living about 200 miles away, today we took the drive, and I am so glad we did. Great to meet her mom and dad, Ron and Joyce, who liked to make daughters, as in Beth and Barbie and Patti and Krisi. Tomorrow we are getting together again, with even more of her family.

We’re staying tonight in a tent at a campground. This is the first time Beth has slept outside in a tent (or is it inside out?) What a great adventure we are having. A nice place, take a look >>

See my marshmallow? 

The van has been having some trouble starting recently, so we had Ricky White’s Service Center in McCormick, SC check it out and all’s well.

8/21—Overnight the air leaked out of the air-mattress and, by morning, ended up on the hard ground. Yet, we were able to sleep the night.

Through the night we heard, off in the distance, a coyote making his calls to the world. I wanted to go and play with him, but, not this time.

Awaking to the sound of birds in the trees was refreshing. But, there is a highway not too far away and hearing vehicles ruined the wilderness wonder. This whole area is marvelous, big trees everywhere, including large forests, just what I like.

Most of the homes in the area are very big on huge land areas. Seems that most have extremely large lawns. I guess this is the “normal” thing, but I think grass is a waste of space, of water, and of resources.

As I have written before, if everyone grew vegetables instead of grass, we could feed the world. A nice lawn is basically good for kids to play on, but that time is very limited.

It seems that people do not want to go out of this “norm.” A big vegetable garden would not take much more effort than maintaining a large lawn. Why can’t people see that? Growing a vegetable and/or fruit garden is great fun, too.

Today was a get-together with Beth’s family, culminating with a delicious dinner. What a great family. After dinner I did some performing with juggling and magic. As you know, I love to perform, and it has been so long since I have.

Here is Kelsey loving her new skill of juggling.

After my performance, I taught everyone to juggle. Most learned, even Beth’s 84-year-old dad, Ron, kept 3 scarves flying; which surprised him and all of his family, too.

Then it was back to the campground we are staying at. It had rained a few days ago, so the fire was difficult to keep up and going. Perhaps tomorrow night the wood will have dried out enough to keep a decent fire.

8/22—As usual, I awoke early, before the sun made any appearance. Hearing hooting owls is a special thing, and other birds started up as the sun rose. Back in the wilderness, where I love to be.

The mattress held up and did not end up on the ground. I had noticed that I did not tighten the air outflow enough, after I did, we slept well.

Then it was time to get going. As I was driving out of the campground I heard a noise from under the van. I looked in the rear-view mirror and saw my spare tire laying on the road. The spare tire goes onto a chain up under the van. The chain broke and the tire dropped.

Looks as though the chain holding the wheel rusted, and, with time, fell apart. If this had happened while we were traveling on a freeway the incident could have been chaotic; with a wheel bouncing all over the road and hitting cars. I just threw the spare into the van and we were off.

Today is Sunday, church day. Beth’s sister, Patti, invited us to join her in going to her church. As you know I sometimes attend church, mainly to try and discover why so many people “believe” as they do.

This was done in the format of almost all the others I’ve gone to >>
Opening statement.
Singing godly songs.
The main message of the pastor.
And ending with more singing.
This can last for a few hours.

Only one church I have gone to had a different format, that was enjoyable. High in spirit and fun, I liked it, as did all the parishioners. Most all the other church services are hard for me to stay awake through the service.

At,, the building was not all the way full. Yet, there were older and younger there. One thing that did bother me was the pastor used, in one of his topics, the word “vomit” a couple times. This did not fit the church image in any way, it was a sad choice of wording.

Also, as with most churches, the subject of tithing was brought in. Sorry to say, don’t people already know that the church wants money? And, like many other churches, it was brought up a number of times. I am all for giving to the church, but this is a known thing and why push it so hard and so much?

Part of his sermon today was about prayer. Can’t the leaders at the church just pray that more money will come in? Why do they have to bring up the subject each service and so often? Or, is it like the findings show, that prayer does nothing more than random chance?

Seems that people are waking up to the idea that we need to think for ourselves and that there is no god overseeing everything. The atheist movement seems to be growing bigger all the time.

As you might know, I have never believed in any of the Gods humans have created. I am not saying I believe there is no God. It is the fact that I have never seen or heard any clear and reasonable evidence of a God. If you can provide this evidence for any God, please let me know.

After, it was back to Beth’s mom’s for all of us. You see, it is like a family reunion, and I am glad I have been a part of it.

Strong rains came through. Being concerned about the tent blowing away, we drove the five miles to check things out. The tent was not staked down, but I had put all the leftover wood for the fire inside. So, this kept the tent on the ground.

After, it was back to Beth’s parent’s house for dinner and friendly talk. As evening came it was back to the tent, which weathered through the weather.

8/23—As usual, I awoke about 4am and just laid there and thought for a time before quietly exiting the tent to let Beth get some more sleepy’s.

As I was departing I heard an “I love you” from inside the tent. I repeated back the words. We are both so pleased with each other and how we met as we are getting older and can comfort each other until our departure from life.

Right now it is about 5am and I am sitting in the van, in the dark, typing words for you. Currently, there are five tiny flying bugs on my computer screen because of the light. They just walk around aimlessly, I just let them stay. I think one smiled at me, hard to tell.

On battery power, which can last a number of hours. It still amazes me what humans have developed to aid us in life. More advancements are happening all the time. Can’t imagine what it will be like twenty years from now.

8/24—We are back at Beth’s home, a great trip it was away. Her dog, Jemma, seemed to go crazy with happiness when she saw us.

8/27—This morning, after awakening at 3am (as usual) I feed the four cats on the front porch; they like to eat early. Later I heard some noise out there so I went out to check on the cats.

There were four grown raccoons consuming the cats food! This looked to be a momma raccoon and her big babies. I let them eat while I gazed at them using a flashlight. The momma raccoon used to come alone before her babies were grown.

This evening a big thunderstorm came in, as you know, I love nature.

Beth and I are having a great life together. In fact, we are planning on getting married next year; we are quite happy with each other. I do hope you can make it to the wedding.

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Learn five “new” words and use them in conversation.

Then, do this each week.


A surprise for me, and for you.



1 Comment

  1. Tommy Curtin August 31, 2021 Reply

    Glad you are still enjoying your travels.

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