After reading the Art of Travel by Alain De Botton, a popular British philosopher, I’ve become a huge fan. He seamlessly blends the old and the new into an amazingly easy, compelling story on the significance of travel. I recently stumbled across this video featuring De Botton called “Epicurus on Happiness – Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness.”
Archives for January 2010
This is the time of year when we ritualistically set amazingly lofty goals, which we expect to achieve through sheer force of willpower. We pick the issue that nags at us the most and resolve to finally get it right this year despite our long-time, contradictory habits.
Change came to my life a little over two years ago without any warning. A simple, unexpected movement while jogging left me flat on my back in pain awaiting surgery for a severely herniated disc. What you would naturally expect to be an incredibly difficult time in my life, actually wasn’t.
At the beginning of this new decade, I wanted to stop for a moment to remember the choices that life offers us. The title of this poem should give away it’s source, I came across it when I saw the movie by the same name.
On Monday, Dec 28, I checked my American Airlines frequent flyer balance for the first time in ages and clicked on the elite qualifying information maybe for the first time ever… I discovered that I was one flight segment away from Gold status. For all you serious and jaded world travelers, I’m sure this sounds like no big deal since you easily reach Platinum status every year. Not me. Not yet.
Black-eyed peas symbolize good luck and prosperity. Some believe that the black-eyed peas represent the “coins,” while the winter greens they’re often served with represent the “dollars.” Eating them together on New Year’s Day is supposed to guarantee many of both in the year to come.