My flight to Shanghai this morning left without me. I was in a state of daze when Michelle broke the news over the phone, 5 minutes upon landing from Bali. “Do you want the good news or bad news? *silence* Good news is, you get to rest. Bad news is, we can’t leave for Shanghai tomorrow morning.” I was in utter disbelief. We forgot to apply for our Visa! I guess juggling between the chaos of our hectic travel plans and packing my 3 years into 4 1/2 boxes, I let slip and dropped a ball. If we choose to fly off in 2 days time, it will cost an additional 1.2K on top of the 1K ticket just to get there. Debated through the pros and cons and we decided to cut our loses and burn the ticket. Oh well Tersh, bite the bullet, life goes on! Lesson learned – No Visa, no China.
On a less Dear Glum note and onto the random topic of ‘faucet’, I’ve been reading Leo Buscalgia’s “Living, Loving, & Learning”. No, it’s not a self-help book, although it has all the signs of one – Man embracing a woman on the front cover, accompanied by the intro of “by the author of LOVE and PERSONHOOD” in italics and a bold heading that reads The Jubilant #1 Best Seller. Self help or no help at all, I’d like to share a snippet of what I read, that I feel is too significant to let pass in a fleeting flip of a page. Perhaps you too will find the words below poignant enough to not let go without an echo.
An investment in life is an investment in change, and I can’t be concerned with dying because I am too damned busy living! Let dying take care of itself. Don’t ever believe that you are going to be peaceful – life is not like that. When you are changing all the time, you’ve got to continue to keep adjusting to change, which means that you are going to be constantly facing new obstacles. That’s the joy of living. And once you are involved in the process of becoming, there is no stopping. You’re doomed! You’re gone! But what a fantastic journey! Every day is new. Every flower is new. Every face is new. Everything in the world is new, every morning of your life. Stop seeing it as a drag!
In Japan, the running of water is a ceremony. We used to sit in a little hut when the tea ceremony took place, and our host would pick up a scoop of water and pour it into the teapot, and everybody would listen. The sound of the falling water would be almost overpoweringly exciting. I think of how many people run showers and water in the sinks every single day and never hear it. When was the last time you listened to the water? It’s beautiful! Go home tonight and open the faucet and listen.
Extracted from Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.