Sunday, April 15, 2012

three little birds (and words)

"don't you worry...about a thing...every little thing is gonna be alright"  bob marley
Hey mon! We indulged in a brief escape to restore our souls by visiting Bob Marley's homeland and settled upon Couples Negril in Jamaica.  We did not know it at the time, but this short trip was to provide loads of sorely needed soul energy for the weeks to come. 
Dan and Darcy coveted a Caribbean respite from their grueling schedules after juggling college and jobs and were taking a break before becoming homeowners in June.  We joined them on a whim and the memories of those few days have sustained us through many challenges in the weeks to follow.  Jamaica holds a keen energy within its lands and its people.  Wayne asked if I would ever want to live there and my response was "I would have, but it's too late now for I have too much of the busyness in my heart to be able to truly be one with the locals who know the true secret to life in its natural balance and simplicity."  Music fuels their souls so I will take that commonality with me.
Kindness refreshes the tired and broken.
Goats are everywhere ~ along the roads, in yards, walking as if they naturally belong.  I asked the driver why there are so many and he replied "they keep them for a bit as pets and if they stray too often, get tied up until they are ready for someone's meal."  Yikes!
If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind wanders. 
As you breathe in, cherish yourself.  As you breathe out, cherish all beings.
Live a joyful life, seek simplicity, slow down and be kind.
Your soul is the quiet inner voice which speaks in whispers.  Going into silence regularly provides a perfect space for that voice.
Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.
If nothing ever changes, there'd be no butterflies.
The desire to know your own soul will end with all other desires. Rumi
Ah...Rasta Ralphie...the master graced us with his presence on our catemaran tour to the diving cliffs.  He thrilled us with his guitar and drum music, singing his songs with a constant smile, and connected with all on board.  As he approached me, he held my hand and offered his blessing for strength for our family and said I was a strong woman.  Little did I know he knew more than I did at the time and his blessing was indeed required.  Thanks, Rasta Ralphie. 
Every little positive thought you give out can silence one of those storms of negativity.
I love this share where their inner child came out to play.  Magical.
This little guy hung outside our room.  Great property; great meals; great entertainment (loved the slow dances); great beaches (even the nude one); great weather; great time.
In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: 
 it goes on.  Robert Frost
Cheers to Dan and Darcy!  Thanks for sharing the memories and look forward to many more to come.  Love you. xo