“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

A quote by Edward Abbey.

This spoke to me with frightening clarity today. When did i become one of those bastards?

At the Izakaya

I can describe him only as fidgety. Not because he fidgeted but it was the way he spoke. Jumping here and stumbling there.

Then he drank some beer and his sentences smoothed and began to flow. I was suddenly seated next to a different person.

An impression of his sober self lay heavy in my perception as i spoke to the now eloquent man.

“The more you h…

“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.”

― Mother Teresa

Ever wonder why the richer a society is the more issues of anxiety, lack of identity, depression and other mental issues seem to be prevalent? I think Mother Teresa nailed it with this quote.