What is new with travel in 2015? Delta airlines with whom I travel a lot, is offering choices for the discerning traveler for the New Year. Those of you who are subjected to airline travel on a regular basis know that airline travel has become a nightmare. Not only for the budget conscious traveler in the economy class, the other classes are subject to over booked planes and mechanical breakdowns also.
Choices sounds good doesn’t it? The truth is that what used to be standard service is becoming an “option” you pay for, which means your airfare is going to be higher if you want to have legroom, water to drink, a pillow, or blanket, and even higher if you want to have priority boarding and be able to stow your carry-on in the overhead bin. You still get a seat with seatbelt, but that might be a luxury “choice” at some point as well.
Fuel prices are down, but air fare isn’t. Hmmm, are we prisoners of the monopolizing airlines? Are we losing the CHOICE to travel?
The transformation you may experience soon is that you will choose a different mode of travel. Remember John Francis, an African American who, after a big oil spill in Southern California, decided to drop out of the petroleum economy in 1971 ? He maintained it for 22 years. He gave up speaking as well, and became a listener.
Walking is an option and it is good for us. Good for the body and the brain. Walking builds neurological connectivity, keeps us more alert, builds enjoyment of living. I know we will never go back to a society of walking, but you can build it into your life as a CHOICE. Walking will transform you. Walking long distances will change you, give you a positive outlook on life. Who does not want that for the New Year?
If you are interested in John Francis, read “Planet Walker, changing the world one step at a time”.
If you are interested in becoming a long distance walker, join my class from Couch to Confidence starting Jan 31st.
Happy New Year, 2015. An artist acquaintance gave me the above quote, in her stunning calligraphy penned on real paper. I hung it on my coat closet door, near the front door: a passage-way-message to the outside world, an entry message for those who come in and visit.
In this time of New Year’s resolutions I want to draw your attention to the fact that resolutions usually have something to do with being someone else, something else, you haven’t been or haven’t achieved yet.
Most New Year’s resolutions are counter to being yourself. Why would you have to take on this new habit, lose those pounds, bike those miles, start that new diet, if you weren’t trying to be someone else, a “better” You?
It gets deeper. The quote that is. Be yourself, is a commitment to live into yourself completely, love all the corners of yourself and give all the parts of yourself a chance.
When you don’t exercise, are you your true self or are you a lazy caricature of yourself?
When you feel the resistance to an activity, a task, pop up in your head, ask yourself, “Am I myself right now, or am I limiting myself?” "If I do it/not do it, will I be happier with myself?"
What would your life feel/look like if you cleaned the dirt in that corner, organized that shelf, threw away that stuff, called that person, wrote that blog? Let me know in the comment section.
Be Yourself, everyone else is busy being someone else.