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I’m Back! Quiet time leads to…

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

 

My home for a week on the Santa Rosa Plateau, near Temecula, CA.

My home for a week on the Santa Rosa Plateau, near Temecula, CA.

“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”
- Robert Cushing

I’m back from Nature & Quiet. This post is a quick recap and also a short list of what is too come on Create Our World. So, check it out or just wait around for the goods.

Quiet time leads to…

I spent the first week of my quiet time, close to the small city of Temecula.  I hiked up the nearby Santa Rosa Plateau, where I spent time with myself.  I turned off all of my electronic devices and stopped reading, writing, and talking.  I even tried to not walk around much.  I wanted to be fully confronted with myself.  

How to make Money…

The next week I used my time away from posting and writing articles to research ways that I could start making money as I travel along.  It has been a challenge.  There are many ways to make money out there that are NOT GOOD, but I have found some ways and I am excited to share them with you as I travel around.

 My goal is to make Create Our World, not only an inspirational resource, but also a practical resource for those whom want to Create their Own World.

Here is what happened…

*Have clarified my Deepest Purpose in Life!

*New Ideas for Create Our World!

-More resources for those whom want to travel; cheap, cheap, cheap!

-Making photographs from the journey available cheaply!

-A coming FREE weekly newsletter with information on how YOU can Create Our World, in your own way!

-A coming project for the next year that will get more people involved in spreading Goodness!

-A coming Contest to reward someone for sharing the Goodness of People!

-More opportunities for YOU to become involved with spreading the Goodness of People!

If you haven’t checked Create Our World in my absence, here are a few posts that you should revisit:

*Walmart Photo-Shoot.

*Meet Nicole: A video post about my new friend, whom is into Vintage Clothing.

*Caving near San Diego: Video Post.

*How to Be The Best Houseguest Ever.

*How to Run Your Very Own Lemonade Stand.

*Meet Dave: An old friend from Virginia and I collaborate on Life for a week.

How have you been?  I would love to hear from you!

Create Our World,

Ben.

“The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

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The Coming Quiet Sojourn.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

In this post, I will explain my feelings and reasons for diving into the wilds of California for some quiet.

Life is Noisy.

Life is noisy.  Whether you are a hitchhiker, whom is always meeting strangers and sleeping in other people’s homes, or you are a parent whom must provide for energetic youngsters.  Whether you are single and navigating the tricky world of dating in 2010 or you are married and you must continually be in step with your partner.  Whether you work 9 to 5 pm, 5 days a week or you run your own business and set your schedule.  

Life is noisy.

“In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn’t.  Be wise and don’t let good things crowd out those that are essential.” – Elder Richard G. Scott

Much Learning.

I feel like I have learned so much in the past 7 months of traveling.  I have learned much about myself, much about others, and much about people in general.  But I also feel that sometimes I am going so fast, to the next destination, the next ride, the next friend, that I don’t have ample time to listen deeply to myself.  That I miss the reflection period where wisdom can be cultivated, because I am off to the next experience.

A Quiet Person.

I have a very high need for solitude and alone time.  I have worked and learned to be social to meet my needs to connect with other human beings. My alone needs are always in conflict with my other intense need to bond, share, and live intimately with others.  I wage a continual battle to keep my energy levels high between taking time to myself and diving into moments with others.

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.  Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” – Hans Margolius

To Nature.

It has been a real challenge to get my alone needs met as I am continually surrounded by new people and a challenge that I feel great about growing myself with.  I feel deeply that is time for some quiet.  That there are some very real lessons about myself that are bubbling under the surface of my skin and will burst forth with some quiet time.  

“I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet, secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people…” – Leo Tolstoy

Into the Wild.

At least once a week, when I describe how I am living, someone will, look thoughtful, then say, “What is that movie?”  They look towards the sky as they try to recall.  “You know, that guy whom went off to live in the woods?”  Of course I know the movie, because I get the comparison often.  The movie is Into the Wild.

“A quiet mind cureth all.” – Robert Burton

Although I share some similar philosophies with Alexander Supertramp, whom is the main character, we are much different and have much different missions.  But this next journey, into the wild, so to speak will be similar to his mission.  I will search for quietness and really hone into listening to myself with as little distractions as possible.  I am not sure how long it will last.  I believe it could be a couple weeks.  

Create Our World will go on as usual.

I have posts coming about my extreme! friend Dave, running a lemonade stand, caving in the desert, staying at a mansion in Wine country, feeding wolves bison and chicken, and lots of photographic adventures with my new friend, Nicole.

“There is always music among the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” – Minnie Aumonier

I look forward to returning with new insights and fresh perspectives to share.

Please contact me, if you have any questions or just to say hello.  It will be a bit before I can get back to you, but I will.  

Much Love.

Create Our World.

Ben

“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” – Napolean Bonaparte

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Bests & Worsts of my Trip. (So Far)

Friday, January 1st, 2010
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The World's Tallest Uncle Sam and my Best American Monument.

“To find what you seek in the road of Life, the best proverb of all is that which says, ‘Leave No Stone Unturned.’” – Edward Bulwer Lytton

Happy New Year & Happy New Decade!!!

The Bests and Worsts of my Trip (So Far).

Since  I have been hitchhiking, camping, walking, and couchsurfing my way around the USA looking for friends, wisdom, and stories of the Goodness of People.  This is a short list of the highs and the lows.

Most Miles in 1 Ride: 673 Miles with Carlos from New Jersey to Michigan.

Most Unselfish Person: Megan.  She drove 600 miles out of her way to pick me up in Massachusetts and drop me off in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Most Listened to Song: Kids by MGMT.

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Most Challenging Part of the Journey: My Quiet Sojourn in California.  No talking, reading, writing, using any devices, or really doing much of anything for a week in the hills of California.  Just Me.

Most Rides in a Day: 10 Rides from Lyndonville, Vermont to Portland, Maine. 143 miles total.

The City that Instantly Felt Like Home: New Orleans.

Watched him shoot his newest movie.

Watched him shoot his newest movie.

Most Famous Person Sighting: Watching Jason Statham shoot some of his new movie near Covington, Louisiana.

Most Savvy & Useful Gift: An iPhone.  Jason gave me a ride from Richmond to Charlottesville, Virginia and also gave me his iPhone.

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Most Interesting Conversation: Staying with polyamorists in Richmond, Virginia.

Cheapest City to Live in: Austin, Texas.

Easiest Hitchhiking State: Michigan. 

Hardest Hitchhiking State: Massachusetts. Runner Up: New York.

Most Dissappointing City: Burlington, VT.  I stayed here about a week & didn’t have nearly as good of time as I thought I would in this hip, friendly town.

Least Tasty Gift: Dried Edamame. Yuck!!!

Most Unusual Sleeping Spot: On a mattress on a Pool Table in Oneonta, New York, crashing with my new friends from the band, The Gambler Nun & Radio.

Runner-up to Most Unusual Sleeping Spot: Attic of a tack house (horse riding gear storage house) on an organic dahlia farm in Southern California.

Second Runner-up to Most Unusual Sleeping Spot: On a boat, on a swamp in Louisiana, on a Yoga Sanctuary, where they were shooting a big budget Hollywood movie.

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I'm firing up the grill in Charlottesville, VA for breakfast pork chops.

 Best Breakfast: Porkchops on the grill with eggs and hash browns.  Lots of Hot Sauce. I ate these with Astronomer’s and Megafauna in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I crashed with them after their show.

Longest Stretch with No Shower: Two and a Half Weeks.

Most Profitable Section of the Road: Between Austin, Texas and Yuma, Arizona, I was gifted around 160$ by people.  Not trying at all.

Funniest Facial Hair Phase: 

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Biggest Mistake: Only pressing the front brake while biking in Austin, Texas and totally wiping out.  I broke my camera and severely donked my head.  The ambulance said I should walk it off.

Nicest Police Officer: Officer Dave in Massachusetts gave me a ride in his car to a nearby gas station.  No handcuffs or stripsearch, either.

Longest Wait for a Ride: Lansing, Michigan. I tried for a few hours, then I would walk to the next exit, then wait, then walk, then wait.  I didn’t get out of Lansing that day.

Lake that you can’t pass without Swimming: Lake George, New York.

Most Inspiring Person: Lara Cappelletti from The Ultimate Lifestyle Project.

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Looking out over Lake Champlain.

 Most Beautiful Camping Spot: On a cliff overlooking Lake Champlain outside of Burlington, Vermont.

Worst Camping Spot: Near Charlottesville, VA I camped in a forest full of poison ivy and broken beer bottles.  This was before I had a head lamp or was any good at finding spots to camp.

Tastiest Food I had never heard of: Muffuletta.  A sandwich that is popular in New Orleans.  Capicola, salami, mortadella and other meats on bread covered in an olive salad.

Most American Monument: The Worldest Tallest Uncle Sam Statue near Lake George, NY.

 Scariest Moment: Big Jack starts to pull away from the gas station in his 18 wheeler with all my stuff in his truck.  I jump on the side and open the door… then he stopped.  He was only moving his truck a little.  He laughed at me.

Meanest Moment: Someone threw a milkshake from their car towards me as I was hitchhiking in New York.  It landed about 10 feet away.

Most Surprising Place that I Never Thought I would go to, but Loved: The Bog, a tavern in Scranton, Pennsylvania with great people and great music.

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Hope and I exploring the Lower Ninth Ward in Nola.

Person I have seen the most all over the USA:  Hope.  I couchsurfed with her and her friend, Sahar in East Lansing.  Then, she was attending a conference in New Orleans, when I happened to be there.  Also, she was visiting family and friends in San Diego on New Year’s Eve.

MORE TO COME!!!

Create Our World.

Ben

“If you would create something, you must be something.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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