The Road to Shambala

I’m heading into the holiday season with the last of my scheduled corporate travel behind me now – Yippy Skippy!  I’ve not had much free time so this blog has lagged but I still think about writing, just as I think about many other things on my “to-do” list.

Epiphanies that took place this week include:

1 )  Music is therapy.    Road trips are better with handsome men singing harmony. 🙂   And hearing this song took me back to my summer trip with my sister and a concert we enjoyed featuring the music of Three Dog Night.  Front row seats – great music – and stellar company was simply awesome.  No matter what I’m thinking about, when a good song comes on I just have to crank it up and sing along.

2 ) Decisions that continue to bear fruit –  ahead of one of my many trips, I sent a note to a group of girlfriends I’d met at a workshop in May of 2015 ~ vibrant, intelligent, wonderful women.   Several quickly responded that – yes – they’d love to meet for lunch this past Friday! As the date drew near a few had to drop out but still 3 of us met — we enjoyed delicious food, the camaraderie that comes from being around others who “get us” and laughs galore. We shared our hopes, our dreams, and our plans.  We encouraged each other.    Boy, what one hour of positive company can do for you!

3 )  GPS boondoggles are often just what’s needed – when the system takes me off the beaten path and down a country road, I often am grateful for the diversion.  I am not sure exactly where I was when I snapped this picture but that’s the point.  Friends commented “but what if you’d had car trouble?” and my thought was “what a better place to be if I did.”  – Surrounded by fields and farms and trucks driving down those roads – all drivers waved.   Me – tunes on, windows cracked, smiling wide.

Snow’s a-coming. Somewhere in MI; and Emjandthem (C) photo


Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain

With the rain in Shambala

Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame

With the rain in Shambala


Had any epiphanies lately?

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10 thoughts on “The Road to Shambala

  1. One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups! I just had a thought: can you IMAGINE you and me in a car with the music blaring and singing along? We’d have a blast!
    Although I understand why, I sure do miss your blog posts… always love seeing one from you.

    • Oh we would have a lot of fun!! Between the two of us I think we’d know a lot of songs 🙂 I’m hoping to start writing more now … things are starting to level out a bit. I don’t trust it and know it won’t last, but I’ll take it!! Good to hear from you Dianna ~ MJ

  2. Diane Helminiak

    It was so good to sit and talk about anything and everything with you and Jodi. What positive thoughts and beliefs we all have. Glad you made it home safely. Enjoy every bit of the holidays, Marilyn.

  3. I loved the 70s! The music! The clothes! The hair! Oh yes…and I was young and carefree!

    • me too, Kate! I loved the boots on those young guys, and their fancy footwork at the start of the video 🙂
      Of all the shows we saw together, this one was my sister’s favorite — she was smiling so hard she glowed and she sang along to every song saying to me “I love it! This is MY music!” Oh the fun we had 🙂 MJ

  4. Music most certainly is therapy. As I type, I’m listening to some mellow Celtic music. Soothing background music. I can go without music. I like to put it on when I get up, when I’m working, and driving.

    As for epiphanies, I’ve had a few really, really deep ones over the past several months. One of the biggest was: the feeling of power is knowing that in any given moment, you have choice. That said, the options might not be appealing or desirable. But just knowing that you always have a choice, is what the feeling of power is.

    • Love it, Susan. There’s something about the Celtic music that stirs the soul — I know what you mean.

      Yes, we always have a choice and, like you said, sometimes the choice between one thing or another isn’t great on either side, but we still have the freedom to choose. Think of all the people around the world who do not?

      Bests, MJ

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