July 27th, 2015 by A.G.J.
Rob and I flew down to Mexico for a weekend this past winter to celebrate a wedding on the Mayan Riviera. The hotel was small (about 50 rooms) and beautifully decorated with thatched roofs, outdoor showers, personal hammocks, and individual plunge pools for each guest room. I was in heaven.
An older-ish couple wandered over to check out the outdoor pool and beach patio where Rob and I were finishing lunch. We struck up a conversation in which the gentleman shared his preference for his hotel next door (about 500 rooms). I like all the glitz and chrome, he explained. This place here is too earthy.
What struck me is the power and clarity of taste. We like something or we don’t. There’s no guesswork. Increasingly we live in a world where there are waaaay too many choices: jeans to juice, cereals to television channels, activities for our kids etc… It’s a bit crazy-making and yet to return to the clarity of knowing. The simple glitz vs. earth. Strip it down to the essence.
What do you prefer? Maybe you love it all and can’t decide. Look deeper. The truth is just waiting to be noticed.
Me and Jose (a Mayan Shaman)
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June 18th, 2015 by A.G.J.
I think of how often Gates or Frances has complained that something isn't fair and how often my response has been that life isn't fair. And it isn't. It's more than that. It has to be otherwise there's no story to tell. There's no adventure to live.
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June 8th, 2015 by A.G.J.
Carowinds, a North Carolina amusement park, is adding a new attraction this spring. It's called Fury 325 and is built to simulate a hornet's flight. The track comprises of more than 6,000 feet with a lift of 325 feet and an 81 degree descent. Less than four minutes long, the ride's maximum speed is 95 mph.
3 words: No Thank You.
And yes, there are lots of other 3 word combos that could be easily substituted, but what really gets me is that people will stand in line and pay someone to scare the crap out of them.
Let's pause and consider that for a moment.
What is it that we are drawn to when it comes to fear and being scared? I didn't get the gene that experiences rollercoasters as thrilling, but, if I'm honest, I ride them all the time.
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April 1st, 2013 by A.G.J.
Nowadays when someone says or does something with precision, we often verbally applaud with the phrase: you nailed it. The photograph taken at just the right time, the acting performance bar none, the three pointer swish – each of these heralded by a high-five and an exuberant YOU NAILED IT. But on this Easter Sunday, […] ... Read More
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February 1st, 2012 by A.G.J.
Africa is an extraordinary place to visit and Londolozi is the best place to experience a South African Safari. My good friends at the Good Work Foundation have started a fundraiser by raffling off a free two night stay complete with game drives, beautiful accommodations and amazing food. GWF is one of my favorite foundations. […] ... Read More