April 5, 2015 2:41 PM
It was a pretty camp—lush grass, a clear river, trees fully in bloom—but it looked like rain and it looked like this area floods and it was Missouri after all, so I moved on. Cavalier about my life or not, I wasn’t born with a stupid brain and I knew it wouldn’t allow me to sleep through the night.
I had been eating lunch in Mammoth Springs on the Arkansas—Missouri border and had decided to look for an early camp. Allstays had recently updated their Camp & RV app and a whole bunch of free spots—conservation areas—had suddenly appeared all over Missouri.
The first one, just outside Mammoth Springs, looked like it would flood tonight and the second had no cellular connection, but the third would do just fine for the evening—not very pretty and the road’s a little soft, but it’s isolated, free and it’s got a good Signal.
It will work for the night.
I’ve been reading The Art of Work and recommend it to anyone who hasn’t found their calling (or know what they want to do with the rest of their life (Jeff, Melanie, Michelle M.)). There’s a good exercise in it which I’ll paraphrase:
If you found yourself on your deathbed today, what would you regret not having done?
Though I have regrets for things I have done, I don’t have many that I haven’t done. Once TaoGodHer wakes up in your life (the duplex personality), there’s not a whole lot left in this world that can compare with it. Visit Paris? Pfft. Hang gliding? Ehh. Divine union? Priceless.
But I do have one “I wish I would have done X” regret. If I found myself dying today, I’d regret not finishing that book on Mystical Oneness.
Which says a lot. It’s not so important to me that I sell it (I’d be dead), but that I feel it would be so beneficial to others that I’d regret not sharing it—that its message would have died with me.
I need to go to ground soon and get some writing done.
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