Amsterdam is like the rings on a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center. – John Green
I love Amsterdam, not only because my maternal grandfather (Opa) was born and raised there but because of the canal houses and houseboats, art museums, flowers, and chocolates.
I have visited Amsterdam many times, but until recently, I have always stayed in the southern part of the city. From there I explored on foot, but even with a good map, found it difficult to navigate and was always taking wrong turns. This time I relocated to the northern part of the city and had no difficulty at all finding my way around.
I am still amazed that a simple change in orientation made such a huge difference. I now see the benefit of changing perspective everywhere in my daily life.
Thank you Amsterdam!
Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. – Eric Zorn
For once, I am hoping to keep the promises I made to myself…
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…
from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
Stepping out after months of planning!
…we progress from being voyeurs, which we always are when we look at other people’s pictures, to excavators, combining our memories for what we may recognize from our own family albums, from our own lives. We look for us. – Michael Kimmelman
This lifeguard chair on Vancouver’s North Shore evokes very strong memories of my summers as a pool lifeguard.