Dreaming of My Jungle Home

Whose house this is I think I know.
Our jungle home of long ago.
They will not see me stopping here.
To watch my past in dreams aglow.

A revolution ignited my fear
I lost all that I held as dear
Between the jungle and the lake
The darkest of my life that year.

Yet, the crisis did not my spirit break
Changes are good and make no mistake
New paths erupt on which to leap
New directions, which one to take?

The jungle is tropical, lush, and cheap
But, I have new paths of which I reap
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thanks to Robert Frost and my rendition of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Tips to Avoid a Mediocre Life

Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead…”

Og Mandino, The Greatest Miracle in World

The quote sums up my life during our crisis of 2018. It took me a year to regain my identity and zest for life and to avoid mediocrity, an unfulfilled life without the highs and lows. Last week, our son experienced the roller coaster of highs and lows in his life. Like us, he takes calculated risks, always seeking to fulfill dreams.

Yet, along with the journey through a fulfilled life, one will experience intense lows with the exhilarating highs. Ron told our son, “You can live a life of mediocrity,  but you will never experience the highs and lows. This is such an exciting time in your life, and we are so proud that you are living without mediocrity. This low will pass.”

And of course, it did. So, as you tour my photos of cemeteries in Baja, Mexico, here are some tips to avoid a mediocre life.

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