Operating Instructions

<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 wind

& the not-so-windy spots

 

Seek balance

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

Drift

Let go

Breathe deeply

 

Love with abandon

Live fully

Love fully

Grieve fully

 

Fear is best left mostly behind

 

Know war & peace exist side by side [1]

Don’t resist reality

(Though you may need to take occasional “breaks” from it)

 

Pack carefully

Jettison freely when something no longer serves you

 

Practice gentleness

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

 

Go slow

Enjoy the detours

 

Just…Be

 

Learn to yield

Share

Live simply (but with elegance)

 

Cultivate community, & conversation

& also solitude, & silence

 

Clean up after yourself (No littering!)

 

Watch your step

Embrace Mystery

& be open to wonder

 

Be open to change

(knowing transition times are challenging)

 

Make mistakes

Apologize. Atone, if need be.

 

Be yourself.

 

Interfere/intervene when necessary.

 

Love Nature

 

Overcome obstacles

Avoid gluttony & greed

 

Take a second look

Pay attention

 

Pace yourself!

 

Janet

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



[1] 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??