Monday, December 03, 2007

Queenstown rest day 2

Day: 69 dude
Time: none
Distance: none
Avg Speed: none
Terrain: none
Location: Creeksyde Campervan Park

We awoke late again today and were forced to leave the room we had stayed in by the cleaning crew. We are back in the tent for the next couple of weeks. We spent the day taking care of little details for the remainder of our stay in New Zealand and looking into bigger details in Australia and Southeast Asia. Leslie constantly amazes me how she can have 10 things cooking at once on the computer and actually get some things done.
We didn’t do much today except a haircut/beard-cut for me and some grocery shopping. The barber probably loved me when I asked him to cut my beard off to a goatee. There was a pound of grey beard hair on the floor when he was finished. I finished another book during this rest period. I picked up The City of Joy during our last rest period in Wanaka. It is a true story about a slum in Calcutta, India and focuses on a family from the countryside forced to live there, a catholic priest determined to live among the people he is trying to help and serve and an American doctor trying to make a difference. If you haven’t read the book I highly recommend it. In it there was an inscription from Mother Teresa that summed up her philosophy on life that really has stuck with me:

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it!
--Mother Teresa


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