<August 15/13> Semi-random musings from beside a favourite lake in Algonguin Park (Ontario, Canada) one lovely August morning…
Seek the sun
and the shade
& the not-so-windy spots
Enjoy it when you find it
Knowing it’s one of Life’s perennial challenges
Wear your hat
Eat when you’re hungry
Rest when you’re tired
Water (& friends) are essential
Stay in the moment
Don’t try to hang on
Go with the flow
Love with abandon
Fear is best left mostly behind
Know war & peace exist side by side 
Don’t resist reality
(Though you may need to take occasional “breaks” from it)
Jettison freely when something no longer serves you
With others…with yourself
Stay on the move
(Except when it’s time to be still)
Veer to the left
Take the fork in the road
Have it All
& let it go gracefully when you must
Enjoy the detours
Learn to yield
Live simply (but with elegance)
Cultivate community, & conversation
& also solitude, & silence
Clean up after yourself (No littering!)
Watch your step
& be open to wonder
Be open to change
(knowing transition times are challenging)
Apologize. Atone, if need be.
Interfere/intervene when necessary.
Avoid gluttony & greed
Take a second look
p.s. I came up with this funny little list as I was walking around the island we were camped on. Poetry literally in motion, only it isn’t really poetry… just ... musings.
p.p.s. & my buddy & I swam over to that rock that's featured at the top of this blog, & said hello. One of my very favourite rock-y spots!!
p.p.p.s. about 4 days after I wrote this, I was back to "civilization” & watching an episode of ‘Real Time’ – the Bill Maher show – with a friend, & was delighted to encounter Tom Shadyac & his book Life’s Operating Manual. Betting it may be one of those books I’ll be buying multiple copies of, & giving away as gifts! Great YouTube of him talking about the book here. He is one of those people on the planet who really gets that life is really not about money. If only we had all “gotten” this a whole lot sooner, eh?
p.s. # 4: all canoe trip postings now gathered up under this heading.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” – Victor Frankl
 The great peace of this lake in Algonquin Park is sometimes broken by the sounds of war from nearby CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Petawawa. So incongruous, the occasional whump-whump of arms being set off when most of what one hears here is silence ... or the call of loons.... or maybe the slap of a beaver's tail on the water. Or fish jumping. You know??