April 21, 2019
The family and I went whale watching a while ago.
It was so nice to be at sea in an old sail boat with the wind pushing us farther out with the aim of catching a glimpse of some whales. Salt air, cool wind, blue waters, islands, what more could we want? Yes, we did see whales. We were so lucky and the skipper was careful not to get too close. We also saw a few porpoises following us.
The kids had a great time! My highlight was a moment to forget a hectic life and just be in the moment. On the way back, we were served pea soup with old fashioned tannic orange pekoe tea. Even the kids liked it! 10 and 12 years. Just the right age to start. There is something perfect about some orange pekoe tea that has sat on the burner all afternoon with a few tea bags. Just Maritime magic.
Many a morning, with my tea I think about that late summer afternoon at sea. Matter of fact, tea, as I have written previously early in the morning before the world is awake places me in a contemplative state. So, this morning, I think about that wonderful afternoon but also about what life's all about. So many answers are available to that thought. We can go through life without thinking. And when children are young or you are new in your career, you can be caught up in a treadmill of sorts. For some, they are content. For others, there is something missing.
For me, meaning in life is important. I can't just go through the motions of life unthinking at this stage. Maybe now I can be more pensive because I have more free time. I dunno.
In any case, this morning I decided that I need more purpose. So, I wrote a mission statement of sorts. I know its corny, but it's important to me. For much of my life, I have struggled with staying up late at night watching tv, surfing the internet, and only crashing in bed exhausted. Sleep to the last minute, get up rush around like a mad person, and rush through my day only to be exhausted for much of it. This leads to being impatient, careless and negative.
So, I thought, I need to change. I took pencil and paper and wrote out how I want to start my day.
1. Wake up early every morning.
2. Make a cup of tea. The ritual of placing loose tea in a strainer, the water at the right temperature, the steeping, and the first sip is calming.
3. Read something inspirational. Just a short passage. Might be from a self-help book, but never from a computer or smart phone. No social media. Read from a book.
4. In a journal, write down one thing I want to accomplish today.
3. Visualize it.
4. Be grateful. Think about all I have to be grateful for, and then start my day.
5. Go to bed early.
Have a great day!
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