Watch a biker in the snow in Amsterdam, Deepak tweeted us and your Sept Momtra.
I learned a lot while living in Amsterdam. . .
I learned I could love travel enough to actually live in a constant state of it, far from everything I knew.
I learned the joy amidst a sea of orange. (Google Queens Day.)
I learned about the Calvinistic roots and that curtains were for expats who didn’t know allowing passers-by a full view of your living quarters shows that you have nothing to hide.
I learned how to ride a bike. In so many different ways.
In sideways, all-ways rain and in snow (all while holding an umbrella).
I learned to grow more muscle in my arms to balance a seven, eight, nine month pregnant belly. (Click here for video of “unknown” man showing you what I did for four (4) Winters in Amsterdam.)
I learned Dutch landlords will not only drive you but Mario Andretti it to the hospital during labor.
And I learned via the following exchange that happened many, many times in those years:
ME: “I think I’d like the (fill in the blank) white fish/pasta/chicken/Old Amsterdam sandwhich/salad/fresh-squeezed orange juice/vodka-tonic/bitterballen/crepe with nutella, please.”
DUTCH SERVER: “You think or you know you want the (fill in the blank) white fish/pasta/chicken/Old Amsterdam sandwhich/salad/fresh-squeezed orange juice/vodka-tonic/bitterballen/or crepe with nutella?”
DUTCH SERVER: Three (3) points.
And they were right. Did I know or was I tentatively penciling that decision in?
Over four years, I
think know I learned better to match my desires to my words.
This can of worms that was opened thanks to the Dutch leads me to Deepak Chopra. I had the desire to connect with him about my book and I did. I 2011 tweeted him (a few times) asking him a few questions one of which was what he’d say to parents today.
He. actually. tweeted. back. (Deepak: Three (3) points).
His words are the ones I’d love to end with:
Conviction. Purpose. They not only give us inner-strength to live our biggest life but transmits to our mini-me’s they can do the same.
Your September 2011 Momtra: Deepak, tweet this: I’m living on-purpose (3x)
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything ~ Vincent Van Gogh
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