William Wordsworth said, “Poetry is powerful emotion recollected in tranquility.” Travel writer Tim Cahill adopted the line and said, “Adventure is physical or emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.”  I believe Cahill nailed it!

There is nothing like arriving home from a far flung place and sitting down at my desk.  From that perspective, losing a wallet to pickpockets was an adventure not to be missed.  Being dragged out into the Java Sea by a strong undertow and nearly drowning was a fortuitous event.  Yes, from a place of tranquility, it’s all good.  Sitting at the safety of my desk puts everything into perspective, and the most pleasant thing I can think to do is to write about it… and then plan the next adventure.


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