I'm sitting out in front of the Trailhead Cafe here in Oakridge. The skies here have been a bluish white with big plumes of rose colored smoke occasionally drifting up from the Rattle fire down in the Umpqua drainage for the past couple of weeks.
It is one of those days when I could be out doing, but instead I'm sitting and thinking, having conversation with the passers by and considering where I'm going.
Maybe this time of year just brings that out in me, especially here in Oakridge. Things slow down, the visitors of the summer months head home, and the stillness left leaves lots of room for contemplation of one's self.
I find myself thinking of Argentina, not only of the sights I saw when I was there, but the memories I made and the dreams I had. I think of the goals I thought up for myself, and I realize that it is in these quiet times when I have the opportunity to actualize those goals.
My current goals are all about meeting basic needs, staying healthy and having fun. Generally speaking I'd like to: practice yoga regularly, play music, dance, get outside in beautiful places often, have stimulating conversation, make art, and learn about other cultures and stories outside of my sphere of knowledge.
All of this comes within the context of having clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, enough good food to eat, and a comfortable place to spend my nights and days.
Often I find myself focusing on providing these basic necessities for myself, or diverting my energy away from all of the above mentioned goals for the purpose of a short respite from the overwhelmingness of it all.
What are your goals? What do you think is going to happen in the next days, weeks, years of your life? An inquiring mind wants to know.