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A Card for This Day

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The blue background contains a bat or flying demon or butterfly, a saguaro cactus, some cryptic silhouettes on the left and right, anthe Roman numeral X, and a pregnant woman or possibly a seahorse. There is possibly castle ramparts on the right. Protectors can be seen in the openings of the parapet.

A rust and purple aura surrounds a short haired figure wearing a white robe. The figure looks out thru kind eyes the mouth sports a wily grin. The figure’s welcoming out stretched arms terminate with hands sending positive energy and love.

What is meaning for me? I feel a shaman is welcoming me and protecting me in this place for the time I’m here.

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Things I Saw Today

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Spring House Pre 1850s
Spring House Pre 1850s
BobcatPart of the equipment being used to lay in a new gas utility line for the real estate development down the road. Spider and webA spider was blocking the trail.
Mushroom A mushroom

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Moment to Moment

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“As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgments, your preferences and the attachment to the details of your long-term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall; just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.

The past is no more and the future is not yet: both are unnecessarily moving in directions which don’t exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. That’s the only right direction. Only such a man can enter into the golden gate. The present is the golden gate. Here-now is the golden gate. …And you can be in the present only if you are not ambitious–no accomplishment, no desire to achieve power, money, prestige, even enlightenment, because all ambition leads you into the future. Only a non-ambitious man can remain in the present. A man who wants to be in the present has not to think, has just to see and enter the gate. Experience will come, but experience has not to be premeditated.” – Osho.com

At times I manage to be present. I rarely voyage into the past. The future catches my mind on occasion. I prefer spontaneity and now here-ness. It’s my practice. It’s my one precious life and I don’t wish to miss it be wandering in the no longer existing past and nonexistent future.

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A Happier Camper

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While I’ve been in New Orleans I arranged for Happy Campers to create some new seat covers. The old ones were original with the RV, 1999. You can imagine. Well, it’s better not to imagine how bad they were.

These new ones are awesome. She even got the stripes lined up. I highly recommend this business. I am happier camper now.


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Further Down the Road

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I rolled Further down the road today. I left New Orleans and Jude Travel Park, went by the U-Haul for some propane and some tight space driving practice (a scary proposition when I’m almost 9’ wide and 44’ long). I flirted with the nice lady. I did some really fancy weaving between the buildings, trucks, and trailers. Everyone that worked there was ready to hop on board the bus. It’s was a rocking and rolling good time at the U-Haul. I paid $53 for the propane and I was history.

I went by the abandoned Six Flags next to I-510. I would like to spend a day there.

From Mobile Alabama I traveled the Hero’s Highway (because it was hero time) and arrived around two pm at Magnolia Branch. I sure did miss my hero partner.

I passed some fire trucks and the burned out husk of someone’s motor home. I hope they escaped.

Robinsonville Baptist Church

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This describes part of my current frame of mind.

Propane, wind, and rain
Running all around my brain
Two sleeps ‘til rolling

©️JR Cline 2.27.18

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Or
Not that memes are authoritative
Or
Negative self talk

“You’re bad”
“You can’t write”
“You’ll never be good enough”
“You’ll burn I hell”
“No one will ever be in love with you”
“You’re broken”
“You can’t keep a beat”

I’ve seen memes that said that the negative self talk in my head was from my parents or other authority figures from childhood. I’ve peeled a lot of that away. I’ve silenced that negative voice mostly. It’s a work in progress. I know I’m awesome. I know I’m a child of the king, and a co-heir to the kingdom. John 10:34

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Moving On

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On November 1, 2012 I posted my first blog about this adventure, 500 Days to a New Life.  Now, several months past 500 days, my house is selling on October 31st.  After the sell I’ll be purchasing an RV and transitioning into life as a full timer living on the road.

The Blended Path pulled this card for me.

She offered this interpretation.

Ok, What I’m getting from this – forget the book…I know what this is about. The angels want you to be peaceful – to me this card, for you at this time, is about rebuilding your life. The angels want you to know that you’re on the right path – things are falling into place. You are being active and faithful, and you are trusting as you should. The angels say you are easy – you are submissive to the will of fortune and loss in your life (not sure what they mean by that but you will understand at some level or they wouldn’t have said it). They say you are a man of God, that you know how and do hear the voice of spirit, and that you should continue to listen in the ways that work for you. I am seeing from this card a death of an old life and beautiful rebirth of your life, complete with beautiful creativity and art, colors, and a lot of love and healing energy (in the background colors). I am also feeling like you should pay attention to the gray area at the bottom of the card – I think that there may be “road blocks” – no pun intended – in actually getting the RV you want, but the angels say to be picky. It’s important that you not settle on the home you choose. And so that’s what I’m seeing here. The book says, “to blossom and bloom, the work must be done, through fire and ash our fortune comes.” It talks about flowers being born from seeds.

She was right on track for my life.  I love her and the reading. I will be picky.

I think it is auspicious the house sells on Halloween.  How sweet is that? It also auspicious that I will be homeless on November 1, 2014, two years since I began working in earnest on this transition.

It is a bit scary (perfect for Halloween too).  It’s outside my comfort zone.  It will be different on the road alone and the time frame for getting rid of the rest of my stuff is really short.

It seems like it is getting to be time to go though.  My friends and family here are deeply involved in their own adventures.  They will miss me, but will soon go back to doing what they do and loving who they love.

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500 Days: jr’s big mess

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The magnitude of the task

is part of what I’m up against.  So much stuff.

Check out my office I’ve been collecting things there for 30 years.

My Office

 All this (other than the furniture) has to be cleaned out by the end of this project.  I know it is hard for you to believe, but I’ve done a lot in there all ready.

The Garage

Garages tend to become storage areas and mine in no exception.   Gotta be cleaned up.  The stuff has to go.  How does your garage look?

The Shop

Almost all of this has to be tossed, donated, sold, or sent home with its owner.  There are some tools I’ll take with me on the road and I’ve already taken away some large items.
What do you think?  About average?  Worse that most?

I’m facing a common problem. When I look at the magnitude of what has to be done I’m overwhelmed and do nothing.  The ‘How Much I Need to Accomplish’ story my mind tells me keeps me from doing anything.

How do you deal with this situation?  This is what I am trying?

I try to ignore the big picture and just look at one little thing.  If I can stay in the present and focus on that one thing I can usually get that done.

“How do you eat an elephant? …Bite for bite.”

The incremental approach isn’t usually the most efficient approach.

Sometimes I can’t seem to pick out one thing to do out of all of it. That is what often happens when we have too many things to do. In that case my default is to do the closet thing to me or go find things to throw away.

I know to break large jobs down into small manageable pieces. I’m still in the process of making and prioritizing my lists with measurable goals  and a timeline.  However, I don’t want to fall into the trap of spending all my time planning and none of my time doing.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.~ William Morris

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“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”

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The panorama photos where taken with the DMD app on an iPhone.

 

500 Days: Too old?

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So I was reading You’re Never Too Old to Follow a Dream because I often hear that I’m too old for this dream.  It comes in many forms. Mostly questions.

  • What if you have a stroke/heart attack (pick a catastrophic illness)?
  • How can you leave your job?
  • How will you make ends meet?
  • What about the cost of fuel?
  • How will you survive?
  • At your age how can you sell and give away all your things?
  • What about security in your old age?
  • Where will you live when you’re too old to live in a motor home?
  • (One of my personal favorites)  What if SOMETHING happens?  Something is never specified it is always the nebulous unknown thing.

Of course I know that is a load of crap.  There are a lot of people my age and older living full time on the road.  None the less, there are times when I hear my own mind asking the same questions.   There are times when my self limiting thoughts are difficult to silence.
I have to remind myself that one is never too old to have dreams and to pursue those dreams.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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