Replenish is a delicious word. It brings to my mind the drinking of tall glasses of clear water then imagining the cells of my body absorbing the fluid and plumping up, all fat and smooth and shiny and replenished.
And so to travel.
I am in a replenish period. So I drink three quarts (about 2 1/2 L) of water a day. But not when I am packed into a plane like this.
They say keep hydrated when you travel but I do prefer to hydrate before and after travel. Being strapped in during turbulence with a complaining bladder is not fun. We all learn that lesson early on in our adventures.
I don’t mind being packed in – empty seats are not efficient. And planes use a lot of fuel. We manage, humans have an ability to extricate the mind from certain situations. Dig into a book. Think like a pig. Close your eyes and dream yourself away. Be where you are.
I stay detached until I arrive at my lovely little hotel and begin to drink the days quota of water (and wine) – though you should not drink your days quota of water AS wine!.
‘replenish the earth‘.
For a Christmas Present to my Host Planet I am going to try and keep in mind if my actions replenish the earth or simply steal from the host to keep me alive. I know that much of the bible has been twisted by endless interpretations, chinese whispers over thousands of years and cannot be taken too literally. Unless you are reading it and understanding it in the original old style biblical Hebrew or Aramaic. I should not take three words translated into English (by whom?) and then create an idea of how I should live my life from those three words. I mean, I am not even particularly religious. But I will. As a historical document, I find the bible interesting and I choose to interpret these three words as meaning: look after the earth, the ground under your feet, mind the soil, fill our very foundation, our earthly mother, with greenery and water and growth and compost and goodness. Don’t take more than you put in.
Yes, Don’t take more than you put in.
Now, travel is a toughie. I am fairly sure I am using way too many natural resources to visit with my family. So, while I am in New Zealand I will plant and water as often as I can and work towards replenishing this earth that I walk so heavily upon. Plant at least three trees.
Just an idea.
I hope you have a lovely day.
After a day of walking and water drinking – I will be loaded into a big jet plane tonight and fly in a curve around the world until my pilot finds Auckland, New Zealand. Then another terminal change (terminal is a terrible word for an airport) and I will be loaded onto another plane to Wellington. If all goes well. I just need to get to the loading gates at the right times.
So far everything is going very well which makes me nervous. (My hotel room is full of lovely wood to touch!). I am such a superstitious person! Merciful heavens.
I hope you have a lovely day.
A screen shot from one of my weather apps.