On Thursday night I went to see the latest Warren Miller movie in Hood River. I'm not a ski bum, so I'd never even heard of Warren Miller before, and wondered how on earth it could be possible to produce a full length feature film purely about skiing.
I was blown away. I had no idea you could take a human being and two skis and come up with so many variations and permutations - the aerobatic stunts were just breathtaking. But even more amazing were the shots of people skiing in pristine wildernesses, down impossibly steep slopes and over sharp drops. They were really pushing the boundaries.
The problem here, of course, is that there's only one way to know when you've pushed the boundary too far. And that tends to be the last mistake you ever make.
The Secret' is a movie that claims to reveal the key to health, wealth, and happiness. 'By applying the knowledge of The Secret, modern day teachers bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.'
The movie starts with all kinds of impressive dynamic video and audio effects, images of great historical leaders and thinkers, and dramatic shots of scrolls being hidden and buried and fought over. After all the hype, the rest of the movie was almost bound to be a disappointment. And it was. It's a shame that an important concept was drowned out in rather silly special effects.
And the secret is not so secret - it can be found in almost any New Age/spiritual/meditation kind of book: we attract whatever it is we focus on.
This can be used to great benefit if we focus on the right things. If you want your business to succeed, it obviously makes sense to focus on the business.
The tricky downside is that a lot of people focus on what they are trying to avoid - being a victim of crime, bad relationships, failure. The law of attraction still applies, even though the focus is a negative one, and so they end up attracting the very thing they most want to avoid.
Some people use this concept very consciously, putting out questions and requests to the universe through meditation and visualisation. Me, I just muddle along, knowing where I'm going but not always how I'll get there, and through a combination of positive thinking and plain old-fashioned hard work I tend to succeed - not always in the way that I expected but it always seems to turn out for the best.
It can get quite spooky, when I realise that I've received exactly what I needed, almost before I knew I needed it. I constantly remind myself to be careful what I wish for.
[Photo: wishing to get my fitness back, but working hard on it too. Mountain-biking along the De Schutes River yesterday]
The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one. (Elbert Hubbard)
08 Nov 2006, Yorkshire, UK
Roz produced this calendar after her expedition to Peru in 2003, and it was initially intended to be the forerunner of the book about her adventures there. But before finding a publisher for the Peru book, her time and energies were overtaken by other plans resulting in her participation in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005.
The calendar has stunning photos of this most photogenic of subjects - the people and places of Peru. A perpetual calendar, it is suitable for recording birthdays and anniversaries as the days do not have the dates attached to them. Or one can write in the days of the week and use as a conventional calendar.
Ideal to give as a little extra along with your other Christmas gifts. The calendars are being offered for sale on eBay. UK price £3.00 + 65p packing and postage. USA $10 including packing and postage.
Or if you have problems with ordering through eBay, you can pay Roz through her website using PayPal, Fill in your name, postal address and what the payment is for.
This information provided by Rita Savage.
FLOODING ABOVE 13.0 FEET...EXPECT THE RIVER TO GO OVER ITS BANKS IN A FEW LOCATIONS. FLOODING OF LOW-LYING PROPERTY AND ROADS ADJACENT TO THE RIVER IS LIKELY. STAY AWAY FROM RIVER BANKS THAT MAY BE ERODED AWAY BY THE HIGH AND FAST-FLOWING WATER.
Today the Hood River was 14.08 feet above its normal level. We watched, fascinated, as it disgorged a huge floating island of logs, sediment and debris into the Columbia River. Then we got a call from Moe: 'You guys have to come and see the White Salmon River - it's crazy!'
The river may have been crazy - a seething, frothing tumult of chocolate-brown water - but nowhere near as crazy as the guys who decided this kayaking opportunity was too good to miss. It looked unbelievably dangerous, but to them, it was irresistible.
They went flying past us as we stood on the bank. A run that normally takes around an hour took them just 6 minutes.
I can't wait to learn to kayak.