Her father left his questions unasked. But both knew, and for the same reason, that bad days go better without any questions at all.
– Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
It was one of those perfect travel days. I spent a morning at the Panjiayuan Market in Beijing. I thought I might find some pottery, beads, one of those puzzle locks. I had no idea of the beautiful treasures I would see. If you like wandering and flea markets, you’ll love this visit. Take the bus or the metro to Panjiayuan at the south end of the Chaoyang District. It opens at 8:30am, so you can wander all morning or all day.
I wandered to the amazing beats of Mat Kearney and John Mayer, and enjoyed every minute. I’ve added a few of their songs in the links if you’d like to share my experience.
In the end, I only bought some tiny glass blown eggs and an embroidered strap, all because the older women sellers were too sweet and too cute to resist.
Turns out the treasure was found in the moments, the sights, the wander, not in things.
I want my life to be simple, happy, positive, drama-free. I really do want that. So every day, I look for inspiration. Or create it. Or listen to it.
It doesn’t always work. In the words of the incomparable John Mayer, “Hey world, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Great, now it’s raining.” Sometimes, you have the best of intentions. You’re prepared to be positive, and then… the proverbial rain. On to another day. Time to stumble on a better place to be. (Mark Bryan)
Like so many, I enjoy those ecard boxes with quotes and photos or pretty backgrounds. George Takei has made this a Facebook art form. I laugh openly at the ones with curse words that seem to know exactly how I’m feeling. I decided to create some of my own, just for The Simple Adventure, and added a companion to this blog, The Simple Adventure on Facebook. See the gallery for a taste. I post almost every day to help find my early morning inspiration.
I hope we can all be inspired in a positive way every day. Smile and appreciate what’s out there. Spread it around. Listen. Feel. Just be.
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. – Edith Wharton