Don’t Leave home without your towel. While this advice may sound corney, it is not. This is to show how sometimes in life humour is needed to lighten a path that otherwise may seem gloomy.
Towels are always useful, if you are out driving and get caught in a rainstorm walking to your car, and rain gets in your car you have something to dry off with. If you need a handy pillow, then roll up your towel, and viola instant pillow. Or maybe you are taking a nap outside and do not want the sun in your eyes, then you can use your towel to cover up your eyes. Say a meteorite falls to the ground and is very hot, then you have something you can pick it up with. If you have a cat, then you have an instant cat bed.
Hopefully now you can appreciate the practicality and humor a simple object can afford. How it can bring a smile to your face, and improve your mood if you are feeling depressed.
Lately while reading Frank Herbert’s book Dune, I was struck once again by the Litany against Fear, and how powerful words can be in manifesting a state of calm in our minds. Here is the Litany against Fear for those not aware of it:
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
This is one of the many inspiring things I have come across lately. It has the ability to free the mind and carry it to a point where all things are possible.
Lately I have taken up reading again; well, reading science fiction novels. When I was younger I enjoyed reading science fiction books, spending many a summer day out of the heat reading away. These novels influenced me in subtle ways that still flow through me today. Often when talking to people about what books they read, they will say that they only read non-fiction, that they do not like the “unreality” of fictional novels. In my opinion we need a balance in life, not to hot, not to cold. Reading only one type of book leaves our minds in an unbalance, seeking, craving the “unrealities” that make it thrive for new possibilities.
To start things back on the sci-fi reading track I chose Frank Herbert’s Dune, In my younger years of working in bookstores I remember hearing Dune mentioned frequently as a excellent work of science fiction. So I am finally reading it after watching the Sci-Fi mini-series Dune and Children of Dune. For me this is more of a coming back to my roots of my joy of reading that through the years has gone down the meandering road from fervent reading to laxidasical reading. I hope by reading this you are inspired to pick up a book (you know those paper things) and sit down and enjoy a good mental journey into the unknown.