How Do You Find Serenity?

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” 


Wouldn’t it be great if we could always do that?  I try to be true to myself and to others, because if there is anything I can’t stand it’s a phony.  Being honest with yourself and others, brings a sense of peace because you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not.


We went on a Viking Rhine River Cruise in September.  In keeping with the theme of honesty, I think of cruising, in general, as something for “old people.”  According to statistics, I now fit in that category, but I sure as hell don’t feel that way. I loved the experience of cruising down a river.  No schlepping suitcases from one city to the next.  No swearing because the road signs are in another language, and I don’t know what they mean.  On the other hand, on a cruise, you give up the immersive experience of spending a week in a country and getting to know its residents. 


However, I believe I have made the switch to the “old people” way of traveling, when instead of searching for a restaurant, my coffee and wine is poured within 1 minute of my setting down on my chair.  If I want to relax and read a book, it takes me 5 minutes to reach my room.  If I want to sightsee, I opt for an excursion or climb the stairs to the top of the boat.


One day in my red jacket, sweater and scarf (it was in the 50’s), I sat on an upper deck chair, sipped hot chocolate and  was happy. I felt as if I was betwixt a dream and fantasy.  It was surreal and absolutely serene. 

Here is some of what I saw.

Make sure you continue on to Wendy May, Nature Photographer, NE Scotland. She never fails to bring a sense of contentment when I view her images and her rich colors.

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