Category: Pursuit of Happiness

Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been collecting wise quotes my whole life for the simple fact they make my days that much better. These favorite quotes inspire me to love life and feel it in my loins!


Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty–his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Aldous Huxley

Travel is a creative act—not simply loafing and inviting your soul, but feeding on the imagination, accounting for each fresh wonder, memorizing, and moving on. And the best landscapes, apparently dense or featureless, hold surprises if they are studied patiently, in the kind of discomfort one can savor afterward.
Paul Theroux

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Mark Jenkins

All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Paul Fussell

If a man can keep alert and imaginative, an error is a possibility, a chance at something new. To him, wandering and wondering are a part of the same process. And he is most mistaken, most in error whenever he quits exploring.
William Least Heat-Moon

People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
Joseph Campbell

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.
D.H. Lawrence


One finger to the system, third eye to the stars.
Zumbi, from Zion I

I hate a Roman named Status Quo! Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.
Ray Bradbury

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

And so I stand among you as one that offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence.
Thomas Merton

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

I am an experiment on the part of nature, a gamble within the unknown, perhaps for a new purpose, perhaps for nothing, and my only task is to allow this game on the part of the primeval depths to take its course, to feel its will within me and make it wholly mine.
Herman Hesse

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
Cesare Pavese


The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anyone who becomes involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that there is a spirit manifest in the laws of the universe, a spirit vastly superior to that of man.
Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat-Moon

The newspaper lies, the radio lies, the TV lies, the streets howl with truth.
Henry Miller

Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents.
Ray Bradbury

Powerful men do not necessarily make the most eminent travelers; it is rather those who take the most interest in their work that succeed the best; as a huntsman says, “It is the nose that gives speed to the hound.
Francis Galton


Hate to spill the beans Philistines, but he who dies with the most stuff is not one to gain, he just dies.
And what remains non-physical for the rest of us is much more valuable.
The Grouch

So when you see us on our typewriters, sending letters snail-mail, rubbing sticks for fire, covered wagons,
That’s the tell-tale sign of contentment, peace and enlightenment
The Grouch

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
Steve McQueen

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

The future rests, then, with the cultivation of those sides of our nature which are, in terms of immediate productivity and success, almost useless.
John Nef

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
Tim Cahill

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realize it as such.
Henry Miller

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Confucius

How Traveling Will Save the World

After so many years of convincing myself that “I’m a good worker,” traveling finally made me realize “I don’t wanna work!” Well, to clarify, I don’t want a job, that odious life-sucking devotion to helping your bosses and owners make money. *Enter the New American Dream.

Although the money from teaching English in Asia was pretty good, I’m looking for something new. Some kind of job that’s fun, like chasing hot air balloons through France, driving trucks through the Australian Outback, or raging snowmobiles with adventure-tourists in New Zealand.

I recently heard about a great site called Escape the City. The format is similar to LinkedIn, but it’s geared toward professionally-minded people looking for an adventurous career-break or even career overhaul.


Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A major part of MLK’s heroic work was his message of non-conformity and soul-originality. Work’s an important aspect of peoples’ lives, and since it takes up so much time it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It seems like the great challenge then is to apply ingenuity to our work. I’m looking towards blogging as a rare and golden opportunity to travel the world with inspired creativity.

How Traveling Will Save the World
Reducing Clutter
For most long-term travelers, the time between deciding to leave and actually making it out the door is one of selling everything we own. Living out of a backpack helps you realize how few possessions you really need.

Me Time


There’s a lot of time for reflection while traveling, especially when you’re flying solo. You can become a master of planning and executing itineraries, or even better in my opinion, you can learn to plan less and let the adventure lead the way. No matter what happens, you can be sure your experiences will mold you into a different type of person. You’re guaranteed to become a better, happier person.

Building Networks


People always ask me, is it hard to travel alone? Don’t you ever feel lonely? There are moments or occasional days where solitude bites, but they’re exceptions to the rule. One of the most rewarding aspects of solo travel is that it puts you into situations where connecting with people is automatic. You’ll make all kinds of friends that you likely wouldn’t have met if you were traveling with others.

The Happiness Contagion
Who doesn’t love a strong smile? While you’re living the good times, it will spread.

Contributing to the Greater Good
Voluntourism has become one of the most popular ways to spend time while traveling. I try to avoid the organizations that require huge lump sums for the chance to work for them, but if you can’t avoid it, focus on the positive change you’re helping to enact while working for them. Taking a mini-vacation out of a long trip to assist some kind of charity or cause can be extremely rewarding. Read more about how to make a difference with volunteer abroad programs.

Even if you aren’t volunteering for international development or conservation NGO’s, traveling is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. You’ll undoubtedly inspire a change in others as well, therefore making the world a better place. Oh that oft-repeated quote from Ghandi:

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Taking on the world’s problem at a global or even national level is a mighty task, but there’s no folly in hoping for meaningful change to radiate from a positive traveling style.

This post is dedicated to one of the greatest heroes of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His messages of equality and positivity have unequivocally done their part to make the world a better place.

The Trinity: Mind, Body and Soul

We’re made to understand the body through words and symbols, but the mind and soul have limitless interpretations. If you wanna keep your Trinity healthy and powerful, practice critical thinking [Mind], get regular exercise [Body] and pursue the art of creativity [Soul].

For the best successes in this life and beyond, find a balance through the Trinity over time. Teachers and mentors are essential for development, but since we understand our strengths and weaknesses best, it’s up to us to create that balance.

Teachers are useful for introducing and refining technique, but don’t become reliant on them. The fundamental responsibility for self-improvement rests on our shoulders alone.

Fortunately there’s always someone who already said it best. Allow me to present ‘Trinity’ by Common Market:

Common Market – Trinity

With Sabzi DJ’ing behind him, RA Scion shares the one of the most tactful metaphysical treatises ever created. He nails the tripartite elements of reality (Mind, Body and Soul), AND delivers practical lessons for good living.

As with any work of art, the messages of this song are best understood with a little time. Study the lyrics before and again after listening. You’re “sublime clientele—-only time’ll tell if more are with us.” “Make a difference in the system with the wisdom that I gave ya.”

Shifting from the Old American Dream to the New American Dream

As World War II and America’s industrialization came to a close, the Old American Dream was mythologized for the creation of a new consumer society.

The tune rang true for some time; people went to college, started careers and built financially-independent families.

Nearly imperceptibly the foundations of this dream were hollowed out by the globalization of finance and trading. By now it’s painfully obvious that selling out American industry is the root of our pain. Since the Old American Dream has unceremoniously fizzled out, we’ve gotta look towards new opportunities.

In living the New American Dream, I’ve had to export myself to foreign cultures as well. This little irony is overcome by the opportunity to pursue my passions as a cultural explorer, but I’ll never forget the privileges of my birth that make it all possible. My gypsy lifestyle knows little opulence, but it’s as sure as rain a step above the two billion who live on a dollar a day.

An amazing family photoed in their home during our project to bring water to their village.

Living without basic necessities in question is more of a blessing than we might think. Generations before us laid their bodies on the machine for the dream of building a better society. We can’t forget their sacrifices while we enjoy the greatest expansion of leisure time since the whole experiment of civilization began. More paths have opened to the Good Life than we have ever collectively dreamt of. The question is, what path to do you take?

For now, mine’s a life is on the road. (I had to choose this pic since I’m in full tourist mode here.)

The act of teaching English provides little fulfillment in itself, but the combination of decent wages, low living costs and long vacations bring opportunities to explore and find continuous personal growth. My lifelong goals have yet to reach the horizon, but I see many trails into that horizon, causing the greatest elation I’ve ever felt. Travel Transmissions is an offering to you and yours’ of my experiences living the New American Dream. Come share yours’ as well!

Blackalicious – Finding

Of course Blackalicious had to make a song about Finding the Good Life. These soulful lyrics speak of living the Good Life as a process of a mediation through the highs and lows. In only a couple paragraphs they hit some of the best parts of living well: working, readjusting, controlling desire, family tradition, individual might, revolutionary struggle, the TRINITY, and balance. Well done brother!

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

An excellent documentary looking into the hollowing out of the American economy and the accelerating gap between the mega-rich and the poor.

From the directors:
Please watch the newly updated trailer for “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?,” the new, explosive documentary from Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher exposing the roots of the American economic crisis and the destruction of the American dream. Visit www.Heist-TheMovie.com for more information on how to see the feature film and how to Take Action in restoring democracy and economic justice in the United States.


Finding the Good Life

If you’ve secured life’s necessities (food, shelter, clothing, water…), then it’s high time to channel your natural strengths and abilities (there are at least 7 billion paths to the Good Life).

Your own brand of creativity is the truest path to good livin’. What do you do to elevate your soul to that place where you’ve lost your sense of time and even your sense of self? When do you experience that lucid freedom of honest self-expression?

My own path emerged by recognizing the metaphysical Trinity: Mind, Body and Soul. Fine-tuning the Trinity creates perfect happiness. Never lose respect for the virtues of balance, critical thinking, spirituality and community. Balance is particularly important as a moderator between the inevitable highs and lows of everyday living. Denying life’s negatives only obscures total happiness. It’s important for each person to understand their darker sides to leverage that knowledge to counteract their own positives and negatives.

Living well isn’t a mimicry of the saints; it’s anything but. It means rising to your highest victories, and sinking to your lowest lows, but loving it all the same. Embrace your raw humanity and recognize the fact that we’re in a continuous state of biological renewal until bodily death. Continuity is a mere trick of the mind to create a sense order in a universe that’s in relentless permutation. This means that every day (even every moment) is an opportunity to turn a corner and grab life by whatever you can get your hands on. Finally, don’t confuse the metaphors to mean that happiness is outside yourself. The path to happiness and real life is entirely internal, and when it’s authentically done it’s also eternal .

Be sure to see Blackalicious’ meditation on the importance of connecting your goals with faith, so that it becomes “Automatique.”

Blackalicious nails it again with their big-up to some of the greatest parts of finding the Good Life in their song “Finding.”

Australia’s Hilltop Hoods also wrote a great song, “I Love It” as a toast to the hard work it takes to find the Good Life.

Blackalicious – Automatique

Coming through subtle cues, “Automatique” talks about the trans-dimensional nature of the Good Life. When you connect with that unseen unifier of the universe, you’ll find that all work and rewards are automatic. Since it lies outside all frames of logic, you’ve gotta make it follow faith and the universe will empathize by unfolding the path before you. Finding the Good Life becomes automatic, so so so automatic.

Hilltop Hoods – I Love It

Australia’s Hilltop Hoods are true believers in the art of hip-hop. “I Love It” is a reflection on the hard work it’s taken them to reach the top of their game. This song is also a celebration, a toasting if you will, to Finding the Good Life.

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Meet DaveUnfulfilled by consumer lifestyles, I left on a really slow trip around the world. As a 3rd eye traveler on the New American Dream, my aim is to inspire and cultivate conscious living along the way....Read More...

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Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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