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Two sides of a coin

The minute you were born you were born into duality. It doesn’t matter that you know you are part of one whole creation–you still see everything separately. In order to navigate through this wold you have to wade through opposites and constantly choose or have allegiance to one or the other opposite. This week pick something you really dislike ant try to see it from a different perspective. If you can see the other side of it, it will bring you into balance. As long as you are invested in only one side you will be lopsided. Finally, in order to transcend, try to lose your attachment to either side? Look beyond opposites. When you can do that it is a big step in your progress.

 

Rare Gifts

 

What is your rare gift?

What Are Your rare gifts? If you are alive and breathing, and are reading this right now, you have at least one rare gift. And it is very possible that you don’t know what it is!

Believe me, you are not alone with this dilemma! But could it be because you expect your rare gift to be the thing that supports you professionally? So how do you locate something that is a rare gift that could also support you in today’s world?  “Impossible!” you may say. But before throwing away something you love, let’s explore.

JOY! Your rare gift brings you JOY! It is something you love to do or that come easily to you or that you understand better than most people or that fills your heart withJOY. Well if you think that brings you right back to that useless thing you love that won’t support you, Do the following:

MEDITATION:
Sit in a comfortable position soon after waking up in the morning. Close your eyes and take a mental journey to your ideal place. What activities would be available for you to participate in? What do you love that you would be doing in this place? These activities should bring you JOY.

When I took this mental journey I saw myself playing a guitar and singing. Music would be my ‘undiscovered’ gift! Of course I thought that was a ridiculous idea. Even if I could achieve it, it would not support me. Then I just laughed and said it would be my rare gift in the next lifetime! I let it go, but the idea of doing it had brought me JOY and JOY was the key.

The saying goes that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration (AKA effort). Of course I could not be successful with music. I had put no effort into it. You may think that doing something that brings you joy requires great talent to start with. Not true! It requires three things:

  • Joyfulness
  • Effort
  • Creativity

I realized I’ve been saying I would love to be a musician for years but since that was not possible I would have to wait for my next life. After the meditation, I was shocked to realize that because I believed I had no talent, I hadn’t taken one voice or music lesson in my whole life!

You will never get anywhere if you invest only 1%. In fact you may get nowhere with 50%. Your investment and effort need to add up to 100% and only JOY can prompt you to put in 100% effort. If you combine your JOY with other talents or interests you have you may create a tapestry of JOY that will support you.

Now I’m writing a musical play about the English language. I will use poetry to create the lyrics, and knowledge of theatre to stage it. These are other JOYS I have. I will combine my passions and will get someone else to write the musical score. Perhaps I could have written the score myself if I had put in my share of effort earlier in life. Create a tapestry of the things that make you joyful. It can bring you JOYS untold and may support you.

Combine your talents, add some effort, sprinkle on some creativity and you will get a gorgeous and lucrative gift! 

 

Karma

Karma can grow as a seed

You may have heard karma described as ‘Cause and Effect’.
You may have heard it described as payback for your actions.
You may have heard it described as payback for your thoughts.
You may have heard it described as generational payback for what you did not do.

The law of cause and effect undoubtably functions in the physical world; why wouldn’t we assume it’s the same in the non-physical?

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL KARMA:
If you spit in the air, the spit will fall right back on your face. If you insult someone, that person may not insult you but somebody else will. If you do a good deed for someone that person may never even thank you, but somebody else will do a good deed for you. What you need to remember is that Karma may not come back to you immediately. In fact, you may not be around when it does or you may be in another form.

THE SEEDS OF KARMA

Every wish and even every fear you plant wants to come back to you in some way or another, sooner or later. If you nurture that wish or fear it stays alive and keeps trying to come back to you. If you don’t nurture it, it may dry up and crumble away.

It is important to plant good wishes and good thoughts but some seeds are slow growing and may take generations to come back. They may not even come back to you as you are now. They may come back to your progeny or to you, in a different form.

A ‘seed‘ wish can’t help but try to germinate. A wish is a cause that sets up an effect. Go down memory lane and consider the seeds your parents planted that never blossomed. You may now be harvesting many of their wishes or achieving things they were never able to do. Plant your deepest wishes, water them daily with your love and know that they will come back. It may not be until your children’s or even your grandchildren’s lifetime. The seed will blossom when it is ready even if you feel it is taking too long.

Remember that the slowest seeds often give the best fruit.

 

Four Aces for Lite Traveling

Do Be a Lite Traveler

Advice for Lite Traveling (PSCC)

  1. Prioritize bottomline indispensables
  2. Stockpile what you would love to take
  3. Consolodate for comfort color weight convenience
  4. Choose most appropriate luggage

Traveling and unnecessary heavy loads do not make good partners! I know what it is like to sit at an airport crying while throwing away items you thought you needed and never used.  Instead, be a smart lite traveler and have more fun grab your tips below

  1. Prioritize by asking yourself: What is indispensable for this trip?

Must-have’ items should fit in your pocket! These include:
passport/visa
cash and/or plastic
ticket schedule and information
emergency numbers or addresses

These items should be in a lightweight bag either attached to your body or put in zippered pockets on the clothes you are wearing.

Don’t carry them in a bag that can be unexpectedly put down or snatched,

A jacket with sleeves tied around your waist is a good idea in case of sudden temperature changes. Any required medication should be added to this list.

All else is secondary or optional!

  1. Stockpile the belongings you would love to take into separate piles such as:
    UNDERWEAR (undershirts/bras/briefs)
    TOPS (T-shirts/blouses/shirts)
    SLACKS (comfortable shorts or skirts)
    SOCKS (comfortable and fitted)
    SHOES (comfortable/dressy)
    EXTRA
    SLEEPWARE
    TOILETRIES (deodorant/toothbrush/paste etc.)
  2. Consolidate belongings
    Pick one to three items from each pile. Use the following criteria: Hold item in your hands one at a time and judge for weight lightness of fabric color. Bottom line is thatIf you have 7 favorite T-Shirts

Usually three items in each pile will do. of belongings: THREE FOR RECYCLING!
Three sets of clothing will usually do. First the–crucial daily underwear, to avoid getting stinky on a vacation. Two sets don’t allow you enough time to wash and dry overnight in a hotel bathroom. Three means you will have two days to dry a set before it can be reused even if you have to travel with one damp pair in a plastic bag until you can finish drying at the next hotel. The magic number three works equally for shirts blouses and other clothes that may need frequent changing.

Keep barely enough of your daily changeables to permit wash and dry time by hand when necessary.

  1. CLOTH: LET IT BE LIGHT; NON-BULKY; WRINKLE FREE
    Pack clothes with these characteristics, if possible: lightweight–(less weight to carry, roll or lug during the whole trip). Non iron means you will not look like you just stepped out of an unfolded pile of clothes from the bottom of your closet and non bulky means less space will be taken up in your suitcase. Sometimes when I am deciding between two different T-shirts or pajamas, I simply pick each one up and decide on the lighter of the two.

Every little bit of space and weight adds up and counts!

  1. SUITCASE: LET IT BREATHE
    Your suitcase is like a compressed portable home. As such, it is like a friend. Don’t smother or overburden your friends. Leave them a little space! You may buy gifts or souvenirs along the way and that space will mean you won’t need to buy more luggage. If you are traveling with only your carry-on you may also appreciate walking lightly around the airport. I was once dragging such a heavy carry-on that I had to stop in transit, buy a new carry-on and throw the old one away. The old one had wheels but the weight was such that I had to drag it most of the time (especially on carpeted parts of the airport). My arms were exhausted from dragging it around the huge airport while waiting hours for my next flight.  I had stuffed my ‘home’ and weighed down my porter until it could go no more. The new carry-on was a little bigger and had wheels that moved like a hot knife through butter. It has been my friend ever since but I also treat it like a friend! I don’t overburden it!

The less bulk and weight you carry the easier it will be to change original travel plans or use unexpected transport.

  1. WHEELS: T0 LUG OR TO WHEEL
    I personally prefer WHEELS as I don’t like to be burdened with weight. No matter how light you pack, the weight may always become tiring especially when you have long queues or miles to walk to other terminals and gates or you want to browse in shops and can’t take your eyes off your luggage for a second even when you must squeeze it through bathroom doors. On the other hand sometimes hugging backpacks are the best way to go. For example I once took a train in India with a big suitcase and a carry-on. Getting to the station platform was bad enough along with being the ‘center of attention’. Then 30 minutes before the train was to arrive they announced that the train would arrive at a different platform. It was a mad scramble to go up two flights of stairs and over to the other platform only to be informed a few minutes later that the train would arrive at the original platform. Needless to say I felt like my arms were going to fall off and I swore I would never again take suitcases, no matter how good the wheels, to ride a train in India! If I were to do it again I would only take a backpack. My advice:

Travel lite, with wheels that roll in all directions, but if lots of transfers and staircases are involved, take a backpack.

 

 

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Please answer this million-dollar question: “What is the most important thing all English language learners need to master from the beginning?” and it is not one of the skills mentioned in the last blog! It is something they can never do without while using any of those skills. If you know, the answer, you’re one step ahead of the game. If you don’t know you will find out in next week’s blog and you will say, “Of course! I knew that!”…

 

 

 

This does not mean you do not see opposites. If you did not see opposites you would be burning your hand, eating rotten food and falling into holes! The idea is to clearly see opposites in order to function in this world of dualism and for the sake of your survival and safety. The trick is to view them as: “It is what it is,” an WITHHOLD any judgement or attachment to them. They exist. You have to maneuver through them but they do not own your allegiance nor do you need to cling to one or the other of them.

 

 

 

Two sides of a coin

The minute you were born you were born into duality. It doesn’t matter that you know you are part of one whole creation–you still see everything separately. In order to navigate through this wold you have to wade through opposites and constantly choose or have allegiance to one or the other opposite. This week pick something you really dislike ant try to see it from a different perspective. If you can see the other side of it, it will bring you into balance. As long as you are invested in only one side you will be lopsided. Finally, in order to transcend, try to lose your attachment to either side? Look beyond opposites. When you can do that it is a big step in your progress.

 

Rare Gifts

 

What is your rare gift?

What Are Your rare gifts? If you are alive and breathing, and are reading this right now, you have at least one rare gift. And it is very possible that you don’t know what it is!

Believe me, you are not alone with this dilemma! But could it be because you expect your rare gift to be the thing that supports you professionally? So how do you locate something that is a rare gift that could also support you in today’s world?  “Impossible!” you may say. But before throwing away something you love, let’s explore.

JOY! Your rare gift brings you JOY! It is something you love to do or that come easily to you or that you understand better than most people or that fills your heart withJOY. Well if you think that brings you right back to that useless thing you love that won’t support you, Do the following:

MEDITATION:
Sit in a comfortable position soon after waking up in the morning. Close your eyes and take a mental journey to your ideal place. What activities would be available for you to participate in? What do you love that you would be doing in this place? These activities should bring you JOY.

When I took this mental journey I saw myself playing a guitar and singing. Music would be my ‘undiscovered’ gift! Of course I thought that was a ridiculous idea. Even if I could achieve it, it would not support me. Then I just laughed and said it would be my rare gift in the next lifetime! I let it go, but the idea of doing it had brought me JOY and JOY was the key.

The saying goes that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration (AKA effort). Of course I could not be successful with music. I had put no effort into it. You may think that doing something that brings you joy requires great talent to start with. Not true! It requires three things:

  • Joyfulness
  • Effort
  • Creativity

I realized I’ve been saying I would love to be a musician for years but since that was not possible I would have to wait for my next life. After the meditation, I was shocked to realize that because I believed I had no talent, I hadn’t taken one voice or music lesson in my whole life!

You will never get anywhere if you invest only 1%. In fact you may get nowhere with 50%. Your investment and effort need to add up to 100% and only JOY can prompt you to put in 100% effort. If you combine your JOY with other talents or interests you have you may create a tapestry of JOY that will support you.

Now I’m writing a musical play about the English language. I will use poetry to create the lyrics, and knowledge of theatre to stage it. These are other JOYS I have. I will combine my passions and will get someone else to write the musical score. Perhaps I could have written the score myself if I had put in my share of effort earlier in life. Create a tapestry of the things that make you joyful. It can bring you JOYS untold and may support you.

Combine your talents, add some effort, sprinkle on some creativity and you will get a gorgeous and lucrative gift! 

 

Karma

Karma can grow as a seed

You may have heard karma described as ‘Cause and Effect’.
You may have heard it described as payback for your actions.
You may have heard it described as payback for your thoughts.
You may have heard it described as generational payback for what you did not do.

The law of cause and effect undoubtably functions in the physical world; why wouldn’t we assume it’s the same in the non-physical?

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL KARMA:
If you spit in the air, the spit will fall right back on your face. If you insult someone, that person may not insult you but somebody else will. If you do a good deed for someone that person may never even thank you, but somebody else will do a good deed for you. What you need to remember is that Karma may not come back to you immediately. In fact, you may not be around when it does or you may be in another form.

THE SEEDS OF KARMA

Every wish and even every fear you plant wants to come back to you in some way or another, sooner or later. If you nurture that wish or fear it stays alive and keeps trying to come back to you. If you don’t nurture it, it may dry up and crumble away.

It is important to plant good wishes and good thoughts but some seeds are slow growing and may take generations to come back. They may not even come back to you as you are now. They may come back to your progeny or to you, in a different form.

A ‘seed‘ wish can’t help but try to germinate. A wish is a cause that sets up an effect. Go down memory lane and consider the seeds your parents planted that never blossomed. You may now be harvesting many of their wishes or achieving things they were never able to do. Plant your deepest wishes, water them daily with your love and know that they will come back. It may not be until your children’s or even your grandchildren’s lifetime. The seed will blossom when it is ready even if you feel it is taking too long.

Remember that the slowest seeds often give the best fruit.

 

Four Aces for Lite Traveling

Do Be a Lite Traveler

Advice for Lite Traveling (PSCC)

  1. Prioritize bottomline indispensables
  2. Stockpile what you would love to take
  3. Consolodate for comfort color weight convenience
  4. Choose most appropriate luggage

Traveling and unnecessary heavy loads do not make good partners! I know what it is like to sit at an airport crying while throwing away items you thought you needed and never used.  Instead, be a smart lite traveler and have more fun grab your tips below

  1. Prioritize by asking yourself: What is indispensable for this trip?

Must-have’ items should fit in your pocket! These include:
passport/visa
cash and/or plastic
ticket schedule and information
emergency numbers or addresses

These items should be in a lightweight bag either attached to your body or put in zippered pockets on the clothes you are wearing.

Don’t carry them in a bag that can be unexpectedly put down or snatched,

A jacket with sleeves tied around your waist is a good idea in case of sudden temperature changes. Any required medication should be added to this list.

All else is secondary or optional!

  1. Stockpile the belongings you would love to take into separate piles such as:
    UNDERWEAR (undershirts/bras/briefs)
    TOPS (T-shirts/blouses/shirts)
    SLACKS (comfortable shorts or skirts)
    SOCKS (comfortable and fitted)
    SHOES (comfortable/dressy)
    EXTRA
    SLEEPWARE
    TOILETRIES (deodorant/toothbrush/paste etc.)
  2. Consolidate belongings
    Pick one to three items from each pile. Use the following criteria: Hold item in your hands one at a time and judge for weight lightness of fabric color. Bottom line is thatIf you have 7 favorite T-Shirts

Usually three items in each pile will do. of belongings: THREE FOR RECYCLING!
Three sets of clothing will usually do. First the–crucial daily underwear, to avoid getting stinky on a vacation. Two sets don’t allow you enough time to wash and dry overnight in a hotel bathroom. Three means you will have two days to dry a set before it can be reused even if you have to travel with one damp pair in a plastic bag until you can finish drying at the next hotel. The magic number three works equally for shirts blouses and other clothes that may need frequent changing.

Keep barely enough of your daily changeables to permit wash and dry time by hand when necessary.

  1. CLOTH: LET IT BE LIGHT; NON-BULKY; WRINKLE FREE
    Pack clothes with these characteristics, if possible: lightweight–(less weight to carry, roll or lug during the whole trip). Non iron means you will not look like you just stepped out of an unfolded pile of clothes from the bottom of your closet and non bulky means less space will be taken up in your suitcase. Sometimes when I am deciding between two different T-shirts or pajamas, I simply pick each one up and decide on the lighter of the two.

Every little bit of space and weight adds up and counts!

  1. SUITCASE: LET IT BREATHE
    Your suitcase is like a compressed portable home. As such, it is like a friend. Don’t smother or overburden your friends. Leave them a little space! You may buy gifts or souvenirs along the way and that space will mean you won’t need to buy more luggage. If you are traveling with only your carry-on you may also appreciate walking lightly around the airport. I was once dragging such a heavy carry-on that I had to stop in transit, buy a new carry-on and throw the old one away. The old one had wheels but the weight was such that I had to drag it most of the time (especially on carpeted parts of the airport). My arms were exhausted from dragging it around the huge airport while waiting hours for my next flight.  I had stuffed my ‘home’ and weighed down my porter until it could go no more. The new carry-on was a little bigger and had wheels that moved like a hot knife through butter. It has been my friend ever since but I also treat it like a friend! I don’t overburden it!

The less bulk and weight you carry the easier it will be to change original travel plans or use unexpected transport.

  1. WHEELS: T0 LUG OR TO WHEEL
    I personally prefer WHEELS as I don’t like to be burdened with weight. No matter how light you pack, the weight may always become tiring especially when you have long queues or miles to walk to other terminals and gates or you want to browse in shops and can’t take your eyes off your luggage for a second even when you must squeeze it through bathroom doors. On the other hand sometimes hugging backpacks are the best way to go. For example I once took a train in India with a big suitcase and a carry-on. Getting to the station platform was bad enough along with being the ‘center of attention’. Then 30 minutes before the train was to arrive they announced that the train would arrive at a different platform. It was a mad scramble to go up two flights of stairs and over to the other platform only to be informed a few minutes later that the train would arrive at the original platform. Needless to say I felt like my arms were going to fall off and I swore I would never again take suitcases, no matter how good the wheels, to ride a train in India! If I were to do it again I would only take a backpack. My advice:

Travel lite, with wheels that roll in all directions, but if lots of transfers and staircases are involved, take a backpack.

 

 

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Please answer this million-dollar question: “What is the most important thing all English language learners need to master from the beginning?” and it is not one of the skills mentioned in the last blog! It is something they can never do without while using any of those skills. If you know, the answer, you’re one step ahead of the game. If you don’t know you will find out in next week’s blog and you will say, “Of course! I knew that!”…

 

 

 

This does not mean you do not see opposites. If you did not see opposites you would be burning your hand, eating rotten food and falling into holes! The idea is to clearly see opposites in order to function in this world of dualism and for the sake of your survival and safety. The trick is to view them as: “It is what it is,” an WITHHOLD any judgement or attachment to them. They exist. You have to maneuver through them but they do not own your allegiance nor do you need to cling to one or the other of them.

 

 

 

Two sides of a coin

The minute you were born you were born into duality. It doesn’t matter that you know you are part of one whole creation–you still see everything separately. In order to navigate through this wold you have to wade through opposites and constantly choose or have allegiance to one or the other opposite. This week pick something you really dislike ant try to see it from a different perspective. If you can see the other side of it, it will bring you into balance. As long as you are invested in only one side you will be lopsided. Finally, in order to transcend, try to lose your attachment to either side? Look beyond opposites. When you can do that it is a big step in your progress.

 

Rare Gifts

 

What is your rare gift?

What Are Your rare gifts? If you are alive and breathing, and are reading this right now, you have at least one rare gift. And it is very possible that you don’t know what it is!

Believe me, you are not alone with this dilemma! But could it be because you expect your rare gift to be the thing that supports you professionally? So how do you locate something that is a rare gift that could also support you in today’s world?  “Impossible!” you may say. But before throwing away something you love, let’s explore.

JOY! Your rare gift brings you JOY! It is something you love to do or that come easily to you or that you understand better than most people or that fills your heart withJOY. Well if you think that brings you right back to that useless thing you love that won’t support you, Do the following:

MEDITATION:
Sit in a comfortable position soon after waking up in the morning. Close your eyes and take a mental journey to your ideal place. What activities would be available for you to participate in? What do you love that you would be doing in this place? These activities should bring you JOY.

When I took this mental journey I saw myself playing a guitar and singing. Music would be my ‘undiscovered’ gift! Of course I thought that was a ridiculous idea. Even if I could achieve it, it would not support me. Then I just laughed and said it would be my rare gift in the next lifetime! I let it go, but the idea of doing it had brought me JOY and JOY was the key.

The saying goes that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration (AKA effort). Of course I could not be successful with music. I had put no effort into it. You may think that doing something that brings you joy requires great talent to start with. Not true! It requires three things:

  • Joyfulness
  • Effort
  • Creativity

I realized I’ve been saying I would love to be a musician for years but since that was not possible I would have to wait for my next life. After the meditation, I was shocked to realize that because I believed I had no talent, I hadn’t taken one voice or music lesson in my whole life!

You will never get anywhere if you invest only 1%. In fact you may get nowhere with 50%. Your investment and effort need to add up to 100% and only JOY can prompt you to put in 100% effort. If you combine your JOY with other talents or interests you have you may create a tapestry of JOY that will support you.

Now I’m writing a musical play about the English language. I will use poetry to create the lyrics, and knowledge of theatre to stage it. These are other JOYS I have. I will combine my passions and will get someone else to write the musical score. Perhaps I could have written the score myself if I had put in my share of effort earlier in life. Create a tapestry of the things that make you joyful. It can bring you JOYS untold and may support you.

Combine your talents, add some effort, sprinkle on some creativity and you will get a gorgeous and lucrative gift! 

 

Karma

Karma can grow as a seed

You may have heard karma described as ‘Cause and Effect’.
You may have heard it described as payback for your actions.
You may have heard it described as payback for your thoughts.
You may have heard it described as generational payback for what you did not do.

The law of cause and effect undoubtably functions in the physical world; why wouldn’t we assume it’s the same in the non-physical?

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL KARMA:
If you spit in the air, the spit will fall right back on your face. If you insult someone, that person may not insult you but somebody else will. If you do a good deed for someone that person may never even thank you, but somebody else will do a good deed for you. What you need to remember is that Karma may not come back to you immediately. In fact, you may not be around when it does or you may be in another form.

THE SEEDS OF KARMA

Every wish and even every fear you plant wants to come back to you in some way or another, sooner or later. If you nurture that wish or fear it stays alive and keeps trying to come back to you. If you don’t nurture it, it may dry up and crumble away.

It is important to plant good wishes and good thoughts but some seeds are slow growing and may take generations to come back. They may not even come back to you as you are now. They may come back to your progeny or to you, in a different form.

A ‘seed‘ wish can’t help but try to germinate. A wish is a cause that sets up an effect. Go down memory lane and consider the seeds your parents planted that never blossomed. You may now be harvesting many of their wishes or achieving things they were never able to do. Plant your deepest wishes, water them daily with your love and know that they will come back. It may not be until your children’s or even your grandchildren’s lifetime. The seed will blossom when it is ready even if you feel it is taking too long.

Remember that the slowest seeds often give the best fruit.

 

Four Aces for Lite Traveling

Do Be a Lite Traveler

Advice for Lite Traveling (PSCC)

  1. Prioritize bottomline indispensables
  2. Stockpile what you would love to take
  3. Consolodate for comfort color weight convenience
  4. Choose most appropriate luggage

Traveling and unnecessary heavy loads do not make good partners! I know what it is like to sit at an airport crying while throwing away items you thought you needed and never used.  Instead, be a smart lite traveler and have more fun grab your tips below

  1. Prioritize by asking yourself: What is indispensable for this trip?

Must-have’ items should fit in your pocket! These include:
passport/visa
cash and/or plastic
ticket schedule and information
emergency numbers or addresses

These items should be in a lightweight bag either attached to your body or put in zippered pockets on the clothes you are wearing.

Don’t carry them in a bag that can be unexpectedly put down or snatched,

A jacket with sleeves tied around your waist is a good idea in case of sudden temperature changes. Any required medication should be added to this list.

All else is secondary or optional!

  1. Stockpile the belongings you would love to take into separate piles such as:
    UNDERWEAR (undershirts/bras/briefs)
    TOPS (T-shirts/blouses/shirts)
    SLACKS (comfortable shorts or skirts)
    SOCKS (comfortable and fitted)
    SHOES (comfortable/dressy)
    EXTRA
    SLEEPWARE
    TOILETRIES (deodorant/toothbrush/paste etc.)
  2. Consolidate belongings
    Pick one to three items from each pile. Use the following criteria: Hold item in your hands one at a time and judge for weight lightness of fabric color. Bottom line is thatIf you have 7 favorite T-Shirts

Usually three items in each pile will do. of belongings: THREE FOR RECYCLING!
Three sets of clothing will usually do. First the–crucial daily underwear, to avoid getting stinky on a vacation. Two sets don’t allow you enough time to wash and dry overnight in a hotel bathroom. Three means you will have two days to dry a set before it can be reused even if you have to travel with one damp pair in a plastic bag until you can finish drying at the next hotel. The magic number three works equally for shirts blouses and other clothes that may need frequent changing.

Keep barely enough of your daily changeables to permit wash and dry time by hand when necessary.

  1. CLOTH: LET IT BE LIGHT; NON-BULKY; WRINKLE FREE
    Pack clothes with these characteristics, if possible: lightweight–(less weight to carry, roll or lug during the whole trip). Non iron means you will not look like you just stepped out of an unfolded pile of clothes from the bottom of your closet and non bulky means less space will be taken up in your suitcase. Sometimes when I am deciding between two different T-shirts or pajamas, I simply pick each one up and decide on the lighter of the two.

Every little bit of space and weight adds up and counts!

  1. SUITCASE: LET IT BREATHE
    Your suitcase is like a compressed portable home. As such, it is like a friend. Don’t smother or overburden your friends. Leave them a little space! You may buy gifts or souvenirs along the way and that space will mean you won’t need to buy more luggage. If you are traveling with only your carry-on you may also appreciate walking lightly around the airport. I was once dragging such a heavy carry-on that I had to stop in transit, buy a new carry-on and throw the old one away. The old one had wheels but the weight was such that I had to drag it most of the time (especially on carpeted parts of the airport). My arms were exhausted from dragging it around the huge airport while waiting hours for my next flight.  I had stuffed my ‘home’ and weighed down my porter until it could go no more. The new carry-on was a little bigger and had wheels that moved like a hot knife through butter. It has been my friend ever since but I also treat it like a friend! I don’t overburden it!

The less bulk and weight you carry the easier it will be to change original travel plans or use unexpected transport.

  1. WHEELS: T0 LUG OR TO WHEEL
    I personally prefer WHEELS as I don’t like to be burdened with weight. No matter how light you pack, the weight may always become tiring especially when you have long queues or miles to walk to other terminals and gates or you want to browse in shops and can’t take your eyes off your luggage for a second even when you must squeeze it through bathroom doors. On the other hand sometimes hugging backpacks are the best way to go. For example I once took a train in India with a big suitcase and a carry-on. Getting to the station platform was bad enough along with being the ‘center of attention’. Then 30 minutes before the train was to arrive they announced that the train would arrive at a different platform. It was a mad scramble to go up two flights of stairs and over to the other platform only to be informed a few minutes later that the train would arrive at the original platform. Needless to say I felt like my arms were going to fall off and I swore I would never again take suitcases, no matter how good the wheels, to ride a train in India! If I were to do it again I would only take a backpack. My advice:

Travel lite, with wheels that roll in all directions, but if lots of transfers and staircases are involved, take a backpack.

 

 

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Please answer this million-dollar question: “What is the most important thing all English language learners need to master from the beginning?” and it is not one of the skills mentioned in the last blog! It is something they can never do without while using any of those skills. If you know, the answer, you’re one step ahead of the game. If you don’t know you will find out in next week’s blog and you will say, “Of course! I knew that!”…

 

 

 

This does not mean you do not see opposites. If you did not see opposites you would be burning your hand, eating rotten food and falling into holes! The idea is to clearly see opposites in order to function in this world of dualism and for the sake of your survival and safety. The trick is to view them as: “It is what it is,” an WITHHOLD any judgement or attachment to them. They exist. You have to maneuver through them but they do not own your allegiance nor do you need to cling to one or the other of them.