The roots have grown The longer you stay The harder it is to leave
Now time has shown That along the way You’ve found what you believe
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
Today I’m feeling: Relaxed and lazy Today I’m grateful for: The fisherman who caught the prawns I ate, somewhere far away. Shipped them to shore, then the factory workers who prepared them and packaged them and the drivers who delivered them. The best thing about today was: Enjoying ice cream and snacks after a weed gummy. It’s hard to stop eating! What was out of your control today and how did you handle it? I could tell Amy was getting a little irritable around lunch time so I just laughed and joked a little and not getting sucked into an argument over nothing. She quickly lightened up and everything was normal again. These situations can quickly go out of control when I don’t handle them well. In what ways have you observed balance in nature or in the universe? Looking at mountains, staring at the sea. I see balance in nature when there are no humans around and I become a ghost, an observer but only as a memory. Looking up at the stars and the moon, being grateful for this very specific role I have been given.
When Frank died his soul flew up high And ended up in a powerful war machine He screamed ‘ANNIHILATE’ but didn’t know why But then it turned out it was all just a dream
Inspired by Armoured Gideon, 2000AD
It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are all full of the truthless ideal which has been instilled into them, and each time they come into contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.
W. Somerset Maugham
Today I’m feeling: Happy and satisfied. Today I’m grateful for: The front wheel of my motorbike. It took some hard knocks on some tough roads today and I was worried I would have to limp down the mountain with a flat tyre but it held up and got me home. The best thing about today was: Riding around new mountains and discovering some beautiful villages and amazing scenery. It was blissful.
What daily habit do you do that improves your quality of life? For 24 years now I’ve been taking sertraline and that has made an incredible difference to my life, keeping me stable and less prone to depression. I still have bad moments but in general, I am much happier than a was in my first 30 years. Brushing my teeth. Sad to say that I didn’t look after my teeth well for my first 20 years or so. They are just hanging on since starting to care about them more. Making my bed. A small habit I only acted on since moving to Thailand. I actually don’t care if my bed is made or not but I do it so as to include it in a series of morning habits and to feel, no matter how minor, to have achieved something already, right at the beginning of the day. Exercise….if I do it every day it will definitely improve my quality of life. Now I just have to do it every day!
This is the house that time built The 60s are just through the door Another world, another lifetime What were the billions gone all living for? This is the house that time built Educated to a level capability Flexing muscles of hidden thoughts Exercising a great mental agility This is the house that time built Once glorious yet now decrepit All shall one day return to earth No matter how amazingly intrepid
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Today I’m feeling: Happy Today I’m grateful for: The chef at the shop next to Utopia for preparing me a delicious lunch to my requirements with yummy fresh tofu and crispy noodles to make lard na. The best thing about today was: Getting so many little things done but in a relaxing manner. Sometimes I struggle with motivation but today I managed to push through without feeling like I was forcing it.
Are you awake to the stirrings of the earth? A bright day is born every morning If you don’t give it the value that it is worth The kingdoms will start to issue forth their warning Save me now so you may save yourself Sun is shining somewhere no matter what you say The noose is getting tighter, not for anyone else But they all wish to see the same brand-new day
You become what you give your attention to…If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will.
Today I’m grateful for: Dasa Books having another sale. I picked up a couple that got delivered today. The best thing about today was: Riding around new villages and discovering new places and paths. There were also fresh smells to enjoy on the cold damp air.
Get used to it, it’s not going to change Settle on down til it’s no longer strange Culture shock, not worth fighting against It’s upsetting but not worth taking offence Getting used to it, going along for the ride Hiding in the open is the best place to hide Running away or kicking against the pricks Means never teaching this old dog new tricks
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Today I’m grateful for: Receiving some comfortable new sandals that at least attempt to give me some arch support. The best thing about today was: Walking home from Utopia in the light drizzle. It was just the right rain not to get too wet and to keep the temperature down. The air felt supremely fresh and reinvigorating. I really enjoyed the walk.
Good fortune can be a great deceiver Life’s lottery may bring returns of gold But the devil is in the details Of the glittering lives being sold Ants will gather at the honey pot Desperate hands grabbing for a share Fighting for a way to get out Before realising it’s all still there
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
Today I’m grateful for: My little motorbike surviving the stupid journies I take it on. I rewarded it with a quick shower and wipe down ready to go again another time. Maybe I’ll wait until it’s a little drier though. The best thing about today was: Realising that I needed to get outside and see the sun, breath the air and dive deep into the jungle. My mood had totally altered by the time I returned home scratched up, aching muscles and covered in mud.
As my mind opened so did the world in front of me Even as a child I sensed things were not as should be So it is now I look up to the biggest sky I ever saw Where love and cooperation must trump violence and war
“the biggest sky I ever saw” is taken from a Robert Plant interview used in the Led Zeppelin biography by Mick Wall, hence the title.
The brain and the tongue are so far apart.
Prunesquallor from Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Today I’m grateful for: Champ asking me if I’d like to teach in the new building where the rooms will have aircon! That could be nice. I’m sure there will be teething troubles in there and maybe Champ has some other motive for me being there but all the same, it is nice to be thought of. The best thing about today was: Momo coming and telling me that she wished I was still teaching her. When I asked why she said that my classes were more fun. I think she and Porpieng feel that they are not being challenged enough now. I felt good to hear her say this, making me remember the impact, no matter how small, I’m having on her life.
Passionfruit flowers Precede overabundance Jam jars are ready
Ripened or not so Papayas can be eaten Until sick of it
The rambutans red Are all infested with ants Inedible now
Avocado trees Why do you never give fruit? I want to smash you
My chillies just came It was a surprise to all Conditions perfect
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Today I’m grateful for: The cookie I ate at House with my lunchtime coffee. It wasn’t particularly tasty or big but somehow it staved off any afternoon hunger so I ended up only needing yoghurt for dinner. The best thing about today was: Being able to talk to different students on a more personal level about more serious topics such as behaviour and respect. Even with the difficulties we have in communicating I feel as if I have their confidence in some ways.
Racing to the rooftops Why is it colder closer to the sun? All around there’s silence As if this day had never begun Shattered constructions bleached Ghosts tread lightly long forgotten Every wheel that’s turned Cycles from beautiful to rotten All the dragons sleeping And here the lady forever lies Buried high on the earth Reaching toward the skies
That something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
I love to watch the mountains in any season but in the breaks of rain, it’s fantastic to watch the clouds drop down into the valleys to give more depth and definition to the peaks on the horizon. It’s lovely to watch the rain out of the window.
The mountains advance from their cover Mad swirling whispers rise and grey Filled to dripping with lumps of water The jungle climbing up trees to sway The streams are full, crabs are caught In plastic buckets and crowded net Paddies complete for more life to rise First came the sun and now the wet