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Peace at last

Ever since I arrived in Amsterdam, the weather has been more than kind. Now, sitting here on a houseboat in the outskirts of the city, surrounded by water and flat lands near Schipol Airport, I feel "spaced out."

There are planes, trains, cars, boats, and bicycles. Yet, in midst of all this traffic, I am at peace. Almost a year since I first commenced this journey - in Amsterdam I return more in tune with myself, my work, and my passion than ever before.

An old friend revealed to me recently that over the years he had traded his passion for his ambition. I tell my new friend now that he is lucky that his passion and ambition are both one and the same. Don't give up and let your passion become just a hobby.

There are three kinds of people:

  • those who know what they want and do it

  • those who know what they want, but they have to compromise and don't do it

  • those who don't know what they want

For a long time I didn't know what I wanted. Now I do.

Everyone has dreams. And we have to pursue our dreams - otherwise we may become disillusioned and resentful.

With peace, comes harmony. To harmonise, we have to be in tune with our inner selves. Once we find that inner self, we should find inner peace. Is this all nonsense or are these revelations profound on a fine Friday morning in Dutch space?

25 May 2001