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Meeting People For The First Time May 11, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature, People.

We went to Heritage Village in Largo on a gorgeous spring day.  Our moods matched the weather ~ sunny and bright.

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We enjoyed our interactions with the docents and other visitors.

With no reason to look through the cloudy lens of past experience, we could just enjoy the NOW as we toured historic buildings.

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We didn’t have any stale baggage (or barrels) to cart around because we shared no history.

Our interactions were new NOW.

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No grievances, resentments, disappointments or expectations marred our view or caused us concern about the future.

We engaged for the first (and last) time without a backwards glance.

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When we bring that same level of alert curiosity to our every day encounters, everything is new NOW.

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No man steps into the same river twice ~ for it is not the same river and he is not the same man. ~ Heraclitus

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - May 11, 2016

The tree reminds me of HR Pufnstuf. 🙂 Love the old gas pump!

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

I didn’t take many photos that day . . . but I had to capture that tree and the antique pump.

2. Kate Crimmins - May 11, 2016

It’s always a great trip when you don’t have luggage to cart.

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

I expect that people like going to “new” places because they don’t know what to expect . . . so they leave weighty expectations behind and travel light.

3. Ally Bean - May 11, 2016

Good heavens, this is the third post I’ve read in the last 12 hours that has an alligator associated with it. I don’t like alligators, real or cartoon. What is the Universe trying to tell me? See, I’m being alert here. Aware. Of creepiness… 😉

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

OK . . . here’s my theory:
Nope. Sorry. I got nothing.

See ya later . . . ally gator!

Ally Bean - May 11, 2016

Clever! And you know what? I just saw a 4th alligator [cartoon character] on a tweet! This has to stop. O.o

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

That’s a bunch of gators, Ally.
Hope they don’t haunt your dreams.

4. Under the Oaks - May 11, 2016

Hmmm… a great day trip!

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

We enjoy our day trips ~ no extensive packing, no timetables, no TSA agents, no set agendas. We just go with the flow!

We went to Siesta Key Beach & Village last week. So relaxing!

Under the Oaks - May 11, 2016

Heavenly Cupcakes?

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

Heavenly Cupcakes moved from Siesta Key Village to Gulf Gate Village ~ just off Tamiami Trail and closer to Venice!

5. suzicate - May 11, 2016

Day trips are great.
Love that quote.

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

We love day trips ~ especially when we just flow from moment to moment to moment. The day we visited Heritage Village, we had a blast watching the kids on a field trip. Kids know how to stay in the NOW. For them, everything is new now.

6. Bun Karyudo - Humor Blog - May 11, 2016

The heritage village looks like a nice place. I’m a bit uneasy about that tree, though. 🙂

nrhatch - May 17, 2016

Sorry for the delayed response, Bun. Akismet flagged your comment as “spam.”

I expect that’s because of your disparaging remark about the tree . . . which, as it turns out, is Akismet’s long lost uncle.

Bun Karyudo - May 18, 2016

Ah, sorry about that. I really shouldn’t have made personal comments about that tree. It’s a perfectly charming eerie face staring at me creepily from the trunk. 🙂

nrhatch - May 18, 2016

That’s better!

7. anotherday2paradise - May 11, 2016

Such a great attitude to have, Nancy. Love your photos. That tree face is quite something. 🙂

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

Isn’t that tree marvelous. We bumped into him at the Florida Botanical Gardens just next door to Heritage Village.

8. Grannymar - May 11, 2016

The face in the tree, was it nature’s work or an added sculpture?

I am finally getting around to catching up on some blog reading. Hopefully I’ll become a more regular visitor

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

The old man in the tree was a few feet from the boardwalk, but I’m guessing it’s a pottery or clay mask hung up on the tree.

Good luck playing catch up!

9. Carol Ferenc - May 11, 2016

I always love a good day trip! Traveling without expectations is the only way to go. Glad you enjoyed the day, Nancy.

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

We keep things loose when we travel local ~ allowing for impromptu changes if something interesting catches our eye.

10. Behind the Story - May 11, 2016

Old friends are great, but I’ve always enjoyed talking to strangers. There’s a lightness to it. Love you photo of the house through the trees.

nrhatch - May 11, 2016

The village is a collection of historical homes from the general area, moved into one area for “ease of viewing.” It’s located just next door to the Florida Botanical Gardens:


That lightness is what I noticed on this visit ~ every conversation was new now with no need to pick up old threads.

11. pattyabr - May 12, 2016

that tree trunk reminds me of The Wizard of Oz

nrhatch - May 12, 2016

Yes! Good call.

12. diannegray - May 12, 2016

It’s great to do day trips and I just love that spooky tree 🙂

nrhatch - May 12, 2016

It’s foreboding, for sure. Even after 7 years here, we keep finding new day trips to amuse the senses.

13. Tiny - May 12, 2016

You were almost in my neighborhood! Love the tree and the message.

nrhatch - May 12, 2016

Yes! But I think we visited Largo while you were “on Safari” in Africa. One day, we’ll meet up and you can introduce us to the residents of Sand Key park.

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