Friday, December 28, 2012

Best of Travelife 2012: A simple philosophy for living. Just for today.

Reflecting at year-end on the wonderful TRAVELIFE that was in 2012, this is part of a series of blog entries that will look at the best aspects of our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful travels. 

This year was so full of indescribable and inspiring experiences -- and we're certainly looking forward to an even more amazing Travelife in 2013

Happy New Year to everyone
from all of us at Travelife Magazine.


Life is usually very good for me -- my best friend used to always say I lead "a charmed life." And just three days ago, another equally old friend from school days said exactly the same thing.

I have to agree. I'm luckier than a lot of people. I have to admit this, especially as I'm typing this out from the best suite in the entire Philippines, and, boy, is it pretty fabulous. More on this in a later entry. 

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But back to my luck. Never have I been luckier than this year, perhaps, which was full of simply amazing moments in a Travelife -- and not a few of them were shared with good friends and people close to me.


Of course, this year has not been all roses.

But I'm a great believer in the power of positive thinking and in the idea of gaining headway via small steps when things just seem too overwhelming. Trials come to everyone at one point or another so we all just need to know how to handle them in the best possible way.

I'm not one for overly sentimental or emotional writings, but let me share with you a simple and inspiring poem that I came across over 20 years ago. 


I kept this in my wallet for a very long time to remind me of how to live each day as well as possible and how to deal with the arrows of life when they came. I only finally threw it away when I realized I'd imbibed this philosophy so much that I didn't need the piece of paper in my wallet anymore.

If there's one philosophy that has kept me going throughout the year, it's certainly been this. And I intend to live this way into 2013 and basically forever.


Just for today, I will try to live through this day only,
and not tackle all of my life's problems at once.
I can do something for twelve hours
that would appall me
if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today, I will be happy.
I will remember what Abraham Lincoln once said:
"most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind.
I will study. I will learn something useful.
I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is,
and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.
I will take my "luck" as it comes,
and fit myself to it.

Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways:
I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out.
I will do at least two things I don't want to do--just for exercise.
I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt.
They may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

Just for today, I will be agreeable.
I will look as well as I can,
dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, and criticize not one bit.
I will not find fault with anything
and I will try not to improve or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today, I will have a program.
I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.
I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself to relax.
During this half hour, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today, I will be unafraid.
Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful,
to have faith in the good,
and to believe that as I give to the world,
so the world will give to me.

Just for today. In a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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