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Sunday & Monday, February 21 & 22 2010
Philosophy of Happiness : 9 continues
from February 12"Journeys are the midwives of
Reading yet another book of
Alain de Botton (The Art of Travel) my mind is arrested by :
"Few places are more conductive to internal conversations"
writes De Botton, "than moving planes, ships or trains."
is an almost quaint correlation" he continues, "between
what is before our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads : large
thoughts at times requiring large views, and new thoughts, new places."
I go along with this most elegantly expressed proposition, adding that long drives in a
car are also most conductive to "internal conversations", moving along at similar
speeds to De Botton's favourite thinking vehicle, the train.
Our home with all its familiar objects (furniture, decorations, ornaments) surrounding
us daily (I agree with De Botton) are often holding us back, pinning us down to our
smallest regular self. We need to escape this safe cocoon, in order to
liberate our thoughts.
I personally believe that our "journeys" (escapes from our mundane self)
can be as small as reading a book or as large as the life changing migration
to another continent. My daily drives to the beach, local library or lunch, for example, are also stong urges within myself to get out of my self contained environment and free up my thoughts and feelings. It depends very much on our individual character and need for
personal growth how far we take this.
For me personal growth through new
experiences and the thoughts and ideas they evoke are absolutely essential
for my achievement of happiness and my fulfillment as a true human being. In
consequence I have gone, and still go, all the way!
Seen within the context of personal growth the element of thought
takes on a new and dominant role in my collection of "Factors for Happiness".
1. Health 2. Freedom
3. Sense of Purpose 4.
5. Thought 6. Friendship
In this regard Freedom, Environment and Friends are directly and most strongly affected.
In order to liberate our thoughts and advance our personal growth we take full
advantage of our Freedom and change our Environment when we feel we become
"stale" in a place.
We even leave our (sometimes dearest) Friends behind,
because the environment of a constant set of friends also contains us within the one
image we have of ourselves. With every move we make to a new place and different social
environment (as I have experienced frequently throughout my life) we create an
opportunity to reinvent our self. This is a liberating experience and most
conductive to further personal growth.
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Tuesday, February 23 2010
This week I am very busy with lunches and dinners, prior to my departure from the
Sunshine Coast. Last night I had dinner again with Mel Lockwood at the Bucket
+Spade Bistro in Dickies Beach, Caloundra (20km south of Mooloolaba) Babette and Doug recommended.
They have a Japanese chef and on Monday nights offer a special 10 course Japanese
meal for just $30, and a demonstration by the chef how to properly cut and prepare a
large salmon fish for a sushi or sashimi meal.
The meal was very good (they also served some excellent sake for the
occasion) and we had a very pleasant evening together. Mel loves escargots she
told me, so I (having looked hard these last few days for an excuse to dine at Chez Claude once more)
immediately invited her for dinner there on Thursday.
Today (Tuesday) it is my usual bridge morning here. Over the past months I have
given a few of the Diddilliba Bridge ladies some lessons in Contract Bridge and as a thank you they
have taken me today for lunch at
The Boat Shed Restaurant
in Cotton Tree, right on the Maroochy river.
We have a good lunch and
an animated time together. They all do lots of traveling, and we have many experiences and
stories to share.
It is well into the afternoon before we break up and I proceed to
Mooloolaba for my swim in the surf to cool of, for it has been rather hot (32°C,
90°F) and humid today.
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Wednesday & Thursday, February 24 & 25 2010
Wednesday I meet Malveen again for lunch in the Surf Club. She looks lovely and we are
both very happy to see each other again. Amongst the ashes from our previous amorous
encounters (respectively 8 and 15 years ago!) some embers have continued to glow and are
now coming back to life again. We will maintain a close friendship for the rest of our
lives I think.
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Thursday Mel rings me. She
can't make it for dinner tonight. Mel works in the Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, where
it is late shopping tonight. Her colleague who was going to do the evening shift has
called in sick, so Mel will have to fill in for her.
But that does not deter me from
going to Restaurant Chez
Claude by myself, after all I had made the reservation.
I am welcomed by French Chef Claude Faullimmel and the friendly waitress Courtney (Jasmine is away teaching a dance class tonight) with a complimentary glass of French champagne (with a dash of strawberry
liqueur in it, apparently very popular these days).
I then have my usual cassolette
d’escargots "vigneronne", followed by an absolutely delicious leg of lamb with lentils
and red wine stew in filo pastry (I had it last time) and cheese for desert. All
this with a carafe of (as usual) Chateau Les Bertrands Merlot.
During the past few weeks I have exchanged several pleasant
emails with Sophy Dubois, spokes woman for her family's wine Estate Chateau Les
Bertrands near Bordeaux. It is cold and raining there she tells me and they are all
longing for the spring to commence.
I also received an email from Yvonne Hafkamp in the Netherlands. Yvonne joined
Martinshof shortly after I had sold and left it in 1983, and is now in charge of
She has read my Martinshof
Story with interest and asked me for a larger copy of adjacent photo (which I did
send to her). The photo will be included on their website as reference to the company's
historical past. That is very good I find. Yvonne also invited me to visit their present
company's premises in Apeldoorn
when I am in Holland coming August. I will certainly do that.
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