Category Archives: Travel

Scenes on Sunday ~ Arizona

in Arizona they salt margaritas, not sidewalks and roads

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Watermelon Margaritas

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in Arizona, nothing but a Mustang convertible will do.

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Cold Beaches

not all beaches bask under a Californian summer sun

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this is what it’s like in sunny California

what a smashing lifeguard

Creating Your Dream

Failure is not final ~ it is the courage to continue that counts.

I am successful enough to visit places like this.

For a little while I had this weird idea that I would never make plans again ~ that I would just drift along like some Californian beachcomber, taking whatever each day, each hour, gave to me.  No goals, no dreams, no program, no plans, no schemes…..  And what a fucking damn stupid idea that was.  I’m better than that.  Anyhow, without a solid program I’d just drift deeper down into the Dark Abyss.

Without dreams and goals, plans and schemes, my life would be grey and meaningless, and who would want to know a guy like that?  Without plans how could I have a truly rewarding relationship, and how could I take my favored travelling companion on a road trip to see the world?  Rely on chance, fate, luck…..?  Relying on luck to create my future seems like a bad idea to me ~ a bit like relying on winning the lottery to solve one’s financial problems.

The future is not something we enter.  The future is something we create.  ~  Leonard I. Sweet.

Truly successful, really interesting people, never rely on chance or fate.  You might look at an extremely accomplished, charming, Renaissance-type man and think he just got lucky ~ just being in the right place at the right time maybe?  You know what?  Every piece of what seems like good fortune is usually the result of hours, days, months, years of hard work and preparation.

The more I practice, the luckier I get.  ~  Gary Player

So, I’m going back to making plans.  Actually, I already have goals and dreams and plans and schemes ~ and they’re mostly written down.  But it isn’t enough simply to have goals and dreams, a plan of how to achieve them, and some idea of what things will be like when you’ve reached your goal.  Putting a plan into action involves believing that you can create your own future, that neither luck nor fate nor somebody else will determine what happens ~ your future is in your own hands.

What we think and feel are the lock and the key to our future success.  Not allowing anything that happened in the past to determine our present and our future begins in the mind.  We should not allow others to bring us own, and we should never rely on others for our happiness or our success.

Some say that their lack of success is all their parents fault.  And that chasing a dream is too risky and just a waste of time.  All I know is that a goal without a plan and hard work is just a wish.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

In the sunny USA I usually plan on driving a Mustang convertible

Monochrome Monday ~ The West

nobody said that the West had to be fashionable, just big and empty

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the West is a big, big country

Scenes on Sunday ~ Favourite Places

some places I’ve been seem to feed my soul

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sunset is a wonderful time a day

Monochrome Monday ~ Arizona

Arizona is beautiful ~ in an inspiring, rugged kind of a way.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

these rocks are all a dark red

it’s known as Red Rock Country

Scenes on Sunday ~ Sedona

Sedona is beautiful, but your eyes are even more beautiful.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

red rock country

full of very nice boys

Aztec Wisdom and Lost Luggage

Do the best to treat yourself with truth and loving care.

Red Rock Country, Arizona

On my very recent rip to Arizona I was fortunate enough to be taught some of the wisdom of the ancient Aztecs.  These new-found insights into dealing with the more difficult parts of life came in useful ~ when I eventually got back to the North of England, after some 30 hours travelling from the Western USA.

After an interminable delay at Heathrow, I manged to arrive  late at Newcastle upon Tyne Airport ~ I got home, but my luggage didn’t.  I did not take my missing luggage personally, British Airways had loaded none of the passengers’ bags onto that flight.  Something the pilot only told us just as we about to deplane at Newcastle.  You can imagine the scene at the baggage agent’s desk in arrivals, with more than 100 people completing forms, crying, and complaining bitterly about their ‘lost’ luggage.  It was chaos.

I remembered some of the teachings of the ancient Aztecs;

  • Be open, honest, and honorable to yourself and others.  In all honesty, it didn’t much matter to me that my luggage hadn’t arrived.  That just meant that I wasn’t going to be starting my laundry as soon as I got back to the garret.  I was also honest with myself, and accepted that all the crying, complaining, and shouting passengers at the baggage handling desk annoyed the hell out of me.
  • Don’t ever take anything personally.  I wasn’t singled out by fate or British Airways to suffer the inconvenience of missing bags.  There were more than 100 people on that flight, and all anyone had was their carryon bag.
  • Don’t make assumptions.  I’m not assuming that my luggage will eventually arrive, or not.  What will be will be, and there’s fuck bugger all I can do about it.
  • Always do your very best.  Yesterday, and the day before were not my best days, but somedays my best isn’t as good as 100%, and somedays my best is maybe just 50%.  However, if I always do the very best I can in the circumstances, then that’s the best I can do.

These teachings applied to the trivial matter of a horrible 30 hour journey and missing luggage.  However, these teachings of the Aztecs apply even more to matters of much more import in one’s life.  For example; Love, Relationships, Illness, Poverty, and Abundance…..

Some say that Life is a version of Hell.  And that if you think someone is out to get you then they probably are.  All I know is that the Cosmos doesn’t really single me out for misery and misfortune ~ even in matters of missing luggage.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Scenes on Sunday ~ Memories

Life is full of moments you can’t put into words.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

often, people just get in the way

Scenes on Sunday ~ America

America is a land of endless inspiring vistas.

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