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The house in the early morning golden light.

The house in the early morning golden light.

Jason’s Out Back Getaway House.

Sun peeping up on the other side of house.

Sun peeping up on the other side of house.

 Out in the country, in Aussie referred to as the bush or outback, I see and experience a feeling of boiphilia, an affinity with the natural world. Some would say the outback is desolate and ugly.

The children decorate the walls with love.

The children decorate the walls with love.

 If you are not observant, hurrying, wanting to be someplace else you never notice the wonder of nature. Amazing things never experienced in the city. Different to what you can find in the lush green rain forests of the coastal areas and highlands of this vast island continent of Australia.

Feral goat on track to water hole.

Feral goat on track to water hole.

 It is an 800 km/500 miles from the city of Brisbane to the town of Cunnamulla via Toowoomba, Dalby, St George. Then another 80 km to my son’s opal lease at Koroit North West of Cunnamulla.

Geoff on the excavator this open cut mining.

Geoff on the excavator this open cut mining.

 Pauline and I meandered when we travelled these roads, taking little detours, stopping to investigate everything of interest. We only travelled between two to five hundred kilometers per day. We stayed a day or more in Toowoomba, it is famous for its flower festival, It took us several weeks to do the trip to Cunnamulla. Stopping for photos of sights along the way. For us it is always the journey not the destination.

Jason checking for geodes called 'nuts'

Jason checking for geodes called ‘nuts’

 But Pauline and I have no deadlines and obligations like Jason. We are retired and have time to explore and admire this amazing world. My son Jason was intent in getting to the opals ASAP. So it was only a few necessary fuel and toilet stops. We even ate on the move to cover ground and save time. It is in total about a 12 hr. drive as the last 80 km from Cunnamulla to Koroit is over a rough gravel road.

Michael searching hopefully.

Michael searching hopefully.

 Australia is a about the same area as USA with a much smaller population so road maintenance is governed by how often they are used. On property boundaries, instead of gates, there are narrow cattle stops, made of railway lines placed with a gap wider than a hoof. They are about a meter wide and only long enough for one vehicle. When the tires run over the rails the sudden loud rippling noise snaps everyone awake.

Cool off in the water hole.

Cool off in the water hole.

 Cattle and kangaroos randomly roaming the road created a hazard. Jason slowed down to a safer speed. One unlucky kangaroo could not be avoid, if Jason had swerved any harder, towing a trail loaded with two off road motorbikes, he would have lost control.

Dry mud paten.

Dry mud pattern

 

 My seat adjusted like a comfortable airline seat. If I had actually been on a plane the bumps would have been unnerving, like flying through a turbulent storm. In the van the bumps only disturbed a sound sleep.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 As it was my son Jason, grandsons Geoff, Michael and myself thought the trip went well and it was a wonderful time together. Times shared in remote places out of the usual familiar surroundings make a family bond. The boys played their guitars under the stars. The stars twinkle like a billion diamonds with no competition from city lights, smog or damp sea air.

Jason and Michel examin broken discarded geodes.

Jason and Michel examine broken discarded geodes.

 It is a hard, tortured land of extremes, long spells of hot and dry with fine red dust that penetrates the smallest crevices. Then the tropical rains bucket down and the roads are a red clay bog. This is out back Aussie beyond the black stump. My photos and words will not convey how this place is, or felt to me. But in keeping with my by-line in the header ‘Try even if you fail but never fail to try.’

On opal but I still think they are beautiful.

No opal but I still think they are beautiful.

A bright idea, 'many hands make light work'.

A bright idea, ‘many hands make light work’.

Easter is a Holy Day, a Holiday to be Respected.

Too many cooks, not in Pauline's kitchen,

Too many cooks, not in Pauline’s kitchen,

Disregard the doctrines of dogmatic beliefs accept only what is beneficial, logical and ethical. Seek the wisdom of peace and kindness hidden by the pomp and ceremony of priests and guru dignitaries.

It looks like Renoir's Boating party.

It looks like Renoir’s Boating party.

The higher you climb up the mountain in search of truth, the more you will see that many spiritual paths converge to reach the same goal.

 All major religions have five principals they agree on. For the sake of peace can we disregarded what does not appeal to us.

 What is this neutral ground we can all share in common?

Abstaining from taking life most would agree on.

 Not stealing, we should only take what is given.

 Refraining from lies, stealing, envy and sexual misconduct these are ethics we can agree on.

Play together and stay together.

Play together and stay together.

There is no need for fences of bigotry baring us from access to the love to be found in sincere believers in all religions.

A small part of the family.

A small part of the family.

 Our life is precious and  we value our belongings so the wise abide by the ‘Golden Rule’, realising we are all interdependent and every action has a reaction. This is Newton’s third law relating to physical force. To Hindu and Buddhist this is like the automatic reaction of karma.

 In life karma is obvious when people respond to our actions in like manor. Smile at someone to test this they will usually smile back. That is a test of karma try it often to see how it works. If you get no response it may be because they have no smiles left in them and perhaps your smile has saved them from starving.

 Do not expect others or supernatural powers to correct the problems in the world. Do not complain protest and stir up more unrest. The change in the world starts with a personal change in our own behaviour.

Suwon a walled city South Korea 30 km from Seoul.

Suwon a walled city South Korea 30 km from Seoul.

 Open your mind, open your heart and open the welcome gate. Pull down your walls of distrust, fear, greed and remedy hate with understanding. Walls are built because of fear, greed and distrust. Huge houses are needed to hoard possessions and store more than is needed. Weapons and defences are increased out of fear; this only creates fear in our neighbours.

That burka could be hiding a weapon of mass destruction.

If you are afraid you may want to carry a gun.

 I am not going to lose any sleep over what is beyond my control. If the gods do not want to fix it why should I worry? We can be content if we do our own personal best to promote love in the world around us, helping people when we can. Appreciating and conserving Mother Nature’s gifts and endeavoring to follow an ethical path.

It is all beautiful with the right attitude.

It is all beautiful with the right attitude.

Promises.

Pauline believes in helping people.

Pauline believes in helping people.

Beliefs Matter.

Here she gives a tutorial on blogging.

Here she gives a tutorial on blogging.

I am reading a book from the library I looked up the author Eldon Taylor on Google. I often do that to see what their qualifications are. Eldon Taylor had an impressive list of qualifications that made me want to read his book called “I Believe.”

Books to learn about all beliefs.

Books to learn about all beliefs.

The book is sprinkled with quotes, one from Francis Bacon is fitting, ” It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; it is not what we read but what we remember that makes us learn; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

I like this quote.

I like this quote.

Integrity and a whole list of other words are suggested in the book as admirable qualities worth acquiring. The book has thought provoking ideas. His religious philosophy was not clear till I read further.

Different but worth quoting.

Different but worth quoting.

He gives examples of how parents promise their children things, then do not keep their promise if the child is naughty. He goes on to explain, when he makes a promise to his son he always stresses that the promise is subject to his son being good. This clause was understood to be part of all the promises made to his son.

One of many religions.

One of many beleifs.

This made me think, religion requires us to make promises we often cannot keep. We break them when we believe our partner has been naughty or not lived up to our expectations. The biggest percentages of marriages, these days, end in separations and divorce. This brings our attention to not making promises lightly.

Relaxing reading or just relaxed.

Relaxing reading or just relaxed.

I learned a lot from this book to really appreciate it, there were things mentioned I needed to look up on the iPad. I no longer hurry through books, greatly devouring the contents. I savour them like a meal; they do me more good that way. The journey is important, because of what we learn, by the ‘way’.

By the way I like Chinese art.

The way to the top of the mountain, Chinese art.

After reading this book my thoughts were of the ‘Way’ or the ‘Path’. To quote Lao Tzu “The Tao that can be described is not the real Tao.”

Heading in the right direction.

Heading in the right direction.

What is our purpose in life? Is it to do our best to improve towards enlightenment? There are many paths to the summit of the mountain. We cannot be sure we are on the right path till we get there.

They are contented they are there,

They are contented they are there,

 

Freeing the Bird.

A smile and a peace sign make my day.

A smile and a peace sign make my day.

.We are One Family.

A paddle in a puddle make their day.

A paddle in a puddle make their day.

 Happiness is a by-product of having a purpose in life. Combined with the understanding life is not perfect. Seeking lasting happiness in an imperfect world is unrealistic. Pleasures are fleeting but understanding brings contentment.

Nourishment is important.

Nourishment is important.

 If we expect a pleasant sensation to last for ever we are in for disappointment.

Safety is important.

Safety is important.

Nothing lasts forever everything is subject to change. To be at peace we must not be over possessive it will bring sorrow. Let the caged bird free is the way to happiness.

Everyone is important.

Everyone is important.

To give rather than receive is to understand happiness grows by sharing. Possessions do not bring the joy we anticipated the pleasure soon passes and we are left still wanting.

Love and caring for self and others.

Love and caring for self and others.

An ideal purpose in life benefits oneself first and then extends to the those in our contact and from there radiate out to the whole world. To work on becoming a better person is a worthwhile purpose in life, it is of benefit to all.

Close family James, Jack, Jackson, Jason.

Close family James, Jack, Jackson, Jason.

No one is perfect so we will be busily engaged in this quest to improve. To keep busy enhances happiness. No time to worry about our self. Worry kills happiness and 90% of our worries never happen.

My daughter Vanessa home schools her 5 children.

My daughter Vanessa home schools her 5 children.

It is a win win situation to improve our knowledge and ethics. We are respected by others. Being honest and outgoing, no big ego trips, just being our authentic self improves our popularity with others.

Friends are flowers in your garden.

Friends are flowers in your garden.

Friends enhance our wellbeing, without friends life would lose its joy. We need to value every one as a potential friend. Everyone that comes into our life has feelings and a whole life that we may never know yet they are part of our world.

Everyone is an important part of your life.

Everyone is an important part of your life.

A new word that explains this idea is ‘sonder’.

Hit this link and take part in life’s joy.

Spreading happiness is important.

Spreading happiness is important.

I like this word it conveys my feeling that we are all interconnected and it is ignorance that separates us. So my quest is knowledge and understanding.

The passer by is Sondra.

The passer by is Sonda.

Jack winning the rat race.

Jack winning the rat race



How to win the rat race.

When I was young I was a show off, some say I am still young and a show off. I loved to ride the crane-hook and get an adrenalin buzz walking along steel beams high up where a tight-rope walker would not go without a safety net.

Young Jack working on the Snowy Mountains Project.

Young Jack working on the Snowy Mountains Project.

Another incentive for being a Rigger was we were paid well. Only one thing I loved more than earning money, was spending it. Not always wisely, but it was easy come easy go back in my youth.

Their boy back home for a night out.

Their boy back home for a night out.

The first past the post is not always the winner. I was paid to do what I liked, that is how I won the rat race. As they say find an occupation you like and you never have to toil again.

Tongariro Development NZ.

Tongariro Development NZ.

With the right attitude work is a pleasure, your time and effort is worthwhile. Hard work is all in our mind. My work was interesting, full of variety, out in the fresh air, keeping fit; constructing useful projects, to benefit people, was a good game to play at.

What is a winner? Mike Tyson was Heavy Weight Champion of the World and won millions in prize money, but his life was a mess. That is not my idea of a winner punching someone senseless.

A winner has life skills and is aware of the effect of his actions on others and the world he lives in. There are many rich and famous people that are not enjoying life. Money is good if use in the right way.

I was not first past the post I stopped too often to admire the flowers and followed a few wrong paths. I learned from the detours and always found my way back on track. The people that raced past me in haste missed a lot of free gifts. The people that pause and appreciated this wondrous world are the winners.

Trophies on the shelf for worthwhile achievements are good, but there is much more to life than collecting things. No one owns a sunset, but all can enjoy it.

Sun set not a cloud in the sky.

Sun set not a cloud in the sky.

One does not need to own a swimming pool to have a swim, there are rivers and oceans. Without envy we can appreciate many things on display without owning them. Possessions are often a hindrance to our freedom and happiness, possessions can a burden to care for, maintain  and protect.

Winners do not participate in the rat race or if they do they withdraw early. I learned the hard way, like a donkey, hungrily chasing a twenty two caret prize, I almost became a looser. Everyone makes mistakes learn from them fretting over them is a mistake. In time these mistakes can turns out to our advantage. Never cry over spilt milk, is good advice. The loss is bad enough, without letting it spoil your day.

Caravan office by lake.

Caravan office by lake.

 

winners survive.

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Wordpress had put the wrong date on it, can you explain why? So I am reblogging the post Winners Suvive.

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I held a height position on The Snowy Mountain Project. I held a high position on The Snowy Mountain Project.

Do What Ever You Like.

How I won the rat race, doing what I liked and being paid to enjoy myself.
I never needed a fast car when I was young or to take up some extreme sport to get my adrenalin buzz. I was paid to ride a crane hook and show-off high up on the steel purlins, what a buzz and no danger of snake bite.

There were other thrills. There were other thrills.

I love the smell of bread baking and getting my work done early. So my first job was in a bakery the work gets done by midday and I could go swimming. I also like money and labourers on building sights were being paid more than I was earning in the bakery.

Young Jack Young Jack in the Snowy Mountains.

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Be Yourself.

They look pretty but not Chinese.

They look pretty but not Chinese.

It is a shame if you are a sham.

Something looks strange.

Something looks strange.

For true recognition drop the act, be your self. Pretending to be something you are not is not a good idea. Because we can not take the credit, the applause go to the actor. We know we are pretending and we can not deceive our self. We can not accept a complement when we know we do not deserve it. We have to earn it to enjoy it.

Pick the poser.

Pick the poser.

 To be trusted we have to be trustworthy and honest. To be respected we must be respectable. To be loved we must give love. Our lives are a reflexion of ourself.

This is a genuine father on act.

This is a genuine father and son.

 All the acting, the splendid performance, is for nothing when we know we are not the hero. We know when we are a minor part of a performance, we need to get real.

You are all mixed up pretending.

You are all mixed up pretending.

 Our ego is the villian in the act, wanting those applause by fair means or foul. The ego is not really you and when you realise this the acting ends. Reality takes place, no more stage props are needed. The powder and paint, the fancy garments are not necessary. We can be our self and relax. All the costly stage props advertised to tempt our ego are unnecessary. We are free to make our own choices of what we need. Not what a greedy ego wants as a status symbol. 

No one is putting on an act when we go to the beach.

No one is putting on an act when we go to the beach.

Being an actor is not an easy job. It is like being a politician. You have to learn your lines and be in the limelight under the public scrutiny. All the publicity and hype can be overwhelming. Just too much for the ego that now cries out for peace and quiet.

The ego can never be satisfied whether it gets what it wants or not, it is unsatisfied.

Mobile phone puts a hold on quiet time.

Mobile phone puts a hold on quiet time.

 We need quiet time to appreciate the beauty of reality, to clear our mind of worrying thoughts that disrupt our contentment. Time to chew on wholesome words and savour them. If they are greedily gobbled down their nourishment is lost.

This is more like it.

This is more like it.

 Slow down, life is not an action movie full of turbulence. With understanding it can be an enjoyable, true love story. Not an unreal, hectic TV romance. That is not what we need, we need the real thing. It is no good acting, you have to honestly carry out those noble deeds. That is what is needed to get true joy in life.

Feeding the Sea Gulls.

Feeding the Sea Gulls.