Circumnavigating Newfoundland in 10 Days

Generally, I’m not given to hyperbole or what looks like “hype”(which in this case, it isn’t), but this trip had such an extraordinary combination of personalities, staggering scenery and history, good humour, and, of course, interesting foods that I couldn’t resist enthusiastically expressing my overall pleasure and satisfaction in this essay. I truly expect Sue and I will be on board again with Adventure Canada… and soon.

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“Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry James

Before delving into some of the reasons why I think some people are inherently dark and pessimistic, while others only see opportunities and light, I must confess that as I get older I go out of my way to spend more and more time with positive folks. I’ve even put an acronym on my business card, “D.R.O.M.P.A.I.W.R.O.Y.,” which means: “Don’t rain on my parade and I won’t rain on yours.”

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“The one important thing I learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously...

We all agree that it’s important to truly get to know yourself… and equally important not to attach too much importance to that same self.  A lot of what we do, and problems we encounter in our lives don’t even add up to “a hill of beans” as Bogart said in the film “Casablanca”.  So why not laugh a little at ourselves.  It’s better to be amused at both our failures and successes.

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“Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them”. (François-Marie Arouet) Voltaire

Some argue that it is the very belief in God that is required for salvation. This seems odd…why wouldn’t an all-loving super-being reward non-believers who are truly good, and welcome them to heaven? Surely he is not a vain god?! Yet in Exodus it is written “I am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods”. This is a strange proclamation for two reasons. First it suggests he is, in fact, vain. And second, it implies there are other gods…a problem for monotheistic religions in general.

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