Levellers This Garden, Banco de Gaia remix

Somehow I got lost along the way. This year will be about rediscovering that old path from which I took untold deviations.  A healthier, purer, more natural path.

Czechoslovak revolution 25th anniversary

Czechoslovak revolution 25th anniversary

Today is the 25th anniversary of the end of communism in Slovakia (formerly part of Czechoslovakia).

My wife was a student of psychology at university in Bratislava when the students were told to take to the streets to protest. She was there when their old world ended and capitalism took over. I can’t even begin to imagine how confusing it must have been for them to adapt. I wonder just what percentage of former socialists are happier in their Brave New World and how many reminisce for the much stricter but simpler times of socialism, when money was irrelevent and you were guaranteed a job and a home for life (So long as you obeyed the State). It saddens me that the former socialist countries didn’t try to find their own way afterwards as they had a clean slate to work with. They could have created an entirely new system. I guess the bankers won…

Give your best…

We alone are responsible for the gloomiest of our lives. The world is grey because of our blandness. Life seems pallid? Change your life, head for the cabins. In the depths of the woods, if life remains dreary and your surroundings unbearable, the verdict is in: you can’t stand yourself! Make the necessary adjustments.

Consolations of the forest, Sylvain Tesson

Carpathian rainbow

Carpathian rainbow

Sometimes the beauty of nature just stops me in my tracks. For a fleeting moment, all worries and concerns disappear and I’m left awestruck, mesmerized. We go through life so obsessed with artificial minutiae, regrets over the past and anxiety over the future, that we often forget to just stop and enjoy the magnificence of the present. The rainbow is Nature’s way of saying “Oi! Pay attention!” Life is thousands of nows, each an experience and adventure in their own right.