Appreciate more, question more, seek more meaning?
Or just wish to walk easier paths?
Someone observed I was being too introspective.
Some dismissible zealot admonished over-thinking failure to acknowledge their God, as responsible for all this beauty.
I gave passing thought, dismissed both – resumed thinking.
Is accomplishment’s limelight magical, or is longevity life’s true joy?
Some of each?
Watching fellow vacationers saunter, some youthful – dripping in life’s riches. Some old, feeble – saying bye-bye to life.
I don’t have my brain in high-gear, caffeine induced or deadline-driven all the time, but vacation for this body doesn’t mean turn my brain off. Rather, time to think about other ’tings I don’t have time for when in aforementioned flat-out mode.
I’m grateful for travel agent, well maintained natural beauty this tourism-driven locale offers – nature, volcanic islands, tropical temps, and trade winds …
I heard a Clare Boothe Luce (her life easily describes full, diverse, accomplished and revered) quote. Final chapters here, she called it ‘a fur lined rut’.
This dreamy fulfilling life, leisure, luxury and ease while/where trade winds blow.
Most, fortunately I believe, don’t enjoy ease – don’t walk wealth and power corridors.
I ponder tendency to envy what others appear to have.
Drives achievement, or drives people nuts?
Are ‘accomplished folk’ better than strugglers with ordinary lives?
I ponder their early demises – rich, accomplished, notorious – and smile, as my dad would, at his simpler, humbler, non-notorious life. 91½ years of simpler.
Like any good book, I wish for more chapters, more good life. More to do, more struggles, more triumphs, more testosterone, more …
You get the picture.
column written/ published from the Maui Kamaole, Kihei, Maui, HI
morning walk: 20C/68F, cloudy, strong breeze and choppier surf – still a perfect day in paradise! … light traffic on the beach, and on the road as pre-thanksgiving (this Thursday is a holiday here) lull is coming to a close