Category Archives: Travel

Travel short story writing collection relating to lifestyle themes.

On Wholeness

On Wholeness

wholenessA Quote to Carry You

February 22, 2016

“…Once a heart is shattered, it can never be the same.  One thing though, it can become better than it was before – it can become whole.”  Felecia R. Weber

On wholeness – The feeling of completion, to have accomplished whatever it is you’ve set out to do can be a most elating feeling.  What’s more is when you focus more on embarking on the journey rather than reaching your destination, what a marvelous adventure you have to enjoy.  Indeed, I believe wholeness, being full, lacking nothing, having all the parts…is a sort of a passage, a path which draws us from our emptiness to becoming complete.

I remember a few years ago, planning my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary trip to Italy for my late husband and me.  I’d never booked my own airline tickets prior to that, let alone plan an entire trip abroad.  Although the planning was painstaking at times, for I didn’t want any detail to be overlooked, our time away was flawlessly exquisite…we could not have asked for anything better, and we’d not want anything to have been different.  Now, my memories of our final trip together are more precious to me as the time between then and now grows.  They somehow become real when I need them to be…and I experience a sense of the wholeness we shared instead of the hollowness that I was left with when he passed.

That example only touches the surface of what wholeness truly is…but for me, it describes the principle of how one can travel from emptiness to wholeness…and how we go through that process determines the degree of completeness we attain.  For, once a heart is shattered, it can never be the same.  One thing though, it can become better than it was before – it can become whole.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Getting Away

getting away

Photograph courtesy of David Brown

Getting away is something that we all need to do from time to time…

“I suppose that, if you should go to the end of the world, you would find somebody there going farther…”  Henry David Thoreau

Getting Away

Getting away can be one of the most enjoyable things.

It’s amazing the excitement that just the thought of it brings.

No matter where it is, a far off excursion, or lazing on the beach;

There’s just something about getting away and out of reach.

It can restore your well being, it can recharge your mind.

And like taking a journey, you never know what you may find.

Getting away can enhance your thinking, it can brighten your mood.

It has a way of satisfying a hunger, that hasn’t to do with food.

It is something that we all need, so my wish is for you,

That in getting away, you’ll get to rest, refresh and renew.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Bon voyage!

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Take a Break

Take a Break

“Office in a Small City,” 1953, Edward Hopper. Image from a page of the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Take a Break…relax, enjoy, put your work on hold…

“What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines who we are.”  George Eastman

We are fast approaching the time of year when most of us long for the chance to slow down enough to catch our breath.  Even if you can only take a break just long enough to pause and let the sun tickle your face…that is sure to coax a smile to brighten your moment.  While you are smiling, why not take it a step further and laugh aloud…allow it to echo through to your heart.  Now hold onto that lightness and let it grow into the most wonderful sensation; kind of like a private escape.  Just be sure to enjoy it often…let if become a part of you.

Take a Break

Take a break, relax, enjoy…

put your work on hold.

Close your eyes, sit back, imagine…

when you do, just think of what may unfold.

Take a break, don’t worry or fret…

really, what difference will that make?

Let yourself escape for a while,

just enjoy it, for goodness sake!

Take a break, get out, explore…

go on, do yourself a favor.

Life will go on, it won’t come to an end…

besides, you may just have more of it to savor.

Felecia R. Weber, 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Take a break

“Above the Clouds”. A glimpse of a recent “break” of my own. Felecia R. Weber, 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Okay, so what about you?  What are you waiting for?  Go on, close your eyes, relax and take a break!

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On A Journey

On a journey

Photograph courtesy of David Brown

On a journey…On a journey, here I go.  I don’t have a plan, but I am going, this I know.

“It wasn’t long before Jonathan Gull was off by himself again, far out to sea, hungry, happy, learning.”  Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

On A  Journey

On a journey, here I go,

I don’t have a plan, but I am going, this I know.

I think I’ll travel far, so I’ll be gone for a while.

Wherever I end up, I intend to enjoy every mile.

On a journey, I may walk on land, I may sail on the sea.

No matter how I get there, this journey is one …just for me.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, Onthewingofadove.com

Do you ever feel like just getting away?  Just packing a bag and heading off on a road with no particular destination in mind…just as long as it is someplace else.  Sometimes when I cannot physically get away, I close my eyes and let my mind take me down a road, along a trail, or even traversing the waves of the wide open sea. No matter where or how far my thoughts allow me to travel to, I always make my way back home…and you know whatI have found?  Home is sometimes the best destination I can ever wish to get to.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Adventure

On Adventure

on adventureA Quote to Carry You

April 20, 2015

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”  Amelia Earhart

On adventure.  What is the difference between a journey and an adventure?  Which one sounds more exciting?  Which one sounds the most appealing and fulfilling?  To take a journey is to travel from one place to another.  An adventure will get you from one place to another…but the route may not be at all what you expect.  The hills may turn into mountains, or what at first appears to be a crevice, may actually turn out to be an incredibly long and burdensome valley.  Smooth highways may lead to rocky roads that are difficult to navigate.  Now, here is another question…in the end, which one sounds more worth embarking on?

Happy travels…

Peace,

Felecia

 

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On Emotions

On Emotions

on emotionsA Quote to Carry You

April 6, 2015

“When it comes to emotions…you can either take them or they will take you…it all depends on who’s in the driver’s seat.”  Felecia R. Weber, OntheWingofaDove.com

On emotions…Emotions are powerful; they have the capability to lift us up and to bring us down.  They can be so intense that they can cause us to believe strongly in something whether it be true or not. Emotions can coax out the best in us and the worst in us. At times it may feel as though we have no control over them, but rest assured, we do.  As quickly as an emotion can come on, it can just as easily be turned off…it takes effort, but it can be done.  Whichever direction your emotions are driving you today, remember that ultimately, you have control over the steering wheel…may you enjoy your journey.

Peace,

Felecia

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No Boundaries, No Limits

no boundaries, no limits

“A Well Worn Journey,” Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

No boundaries, no limits…that’s a great concept to motivate us to venture out, but what do we do when we spring forward out of the starting blocks?

“Running provides happiness which is different from pleasure.  Happiness has to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.”  George Sheehan

No boundaries, no limits…I often feel like I am limitless when I run.  When I am in my “zone,” I feel as though I can run for miles and miles.  In my mind, my legs transport my body through many beautiful, sun-drenched landscapes, even though the icy cold of winter surrounds me.  In my mind, words of determination and discipline drive me as I pound out each step, while my knees seem to beg me to stop!  Many situations in life can be likened to the mental versus physical struggle that I experience when I run.  We encounter many physical obstacles that threaten to hinder us from reaching our full potential.  Yet, when we dare to close our eyes and head toward the goal or vision that lies before us, that is when we often discover that there really are no boundaries, no limits.

It would be irresponsible of me to indicate that life is so carefree that we can do what we want, when we want, how we want, and where we want.  If that were true, we’d live in constant chaos; some limits and boundaries are obviously necessary and required.  But when we are bold enough to go beyond what we perceive to be safe and familiar, our personal boundaries expand into areas whose limits are vast enough to allow us to grow, to reach new heights, and to accomplish those things that we thought we never could. No boundaries, no limits…thats a great concept to motivate us to venture out, but what do we do when we spring forward out of the starting blocks?

Part of the journey is a matter of just moving forward and absorbing all that we can…and sharing with others what we’ve taken in.  Breathing deeply and consistently, listening to the inner cadence of my heart pounding, and being radiantly covered by a blanket of sweat generated by my own body heat are all physical things that I experience while pounding out my daily miles.  They are not so appealing, creative or exciting…they are just the effects of rigorous exercise really.  What keeps me trekking along, however, is what goes on in my mind.  There seems to be no limit to the ideas that pop up and spin around in my head so quickly, I can hardly chase them down.  It is there that I can cross creative borders that spawn the beginnings of compositions that I can’t wait to sketch down on paper.  Endless ideas, endless creative possibilities with no boundaries, no limits all waiting for me to share.

No boundaries, no limits…what about you?  Is there anything that inspires you to leap out across your borders into new possibilities?  Why not take the first step? Explore, reach higher…soar!

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Emerging, Yet Unfinished

Emerging, yet unfinished

“Emerging,” 2015, graphite pencil drawing by Felecia R. Weber, OntheWingofaDove.com

Emerging, Yet Unfinished…I am emerging, yet still unfinished.  I am realizing more about myself than I ever have in the past.

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8

Emerging, Yet Unfinished

I am emerging, evolving, becoming.

I am in a place where I’ve never been before.

I am emerging, coming out of my shell.

I am traveling toward the place where I am meant to reside.

I am emerging, yet still unfinished.

I am realizing more about myself than I ever have in the past.

I am emerging, I am excited about who I will become.

I am not certain what my final picture will look like, but that’s okay.

I am emerging, and for now, that’s all I need to be.

I know that when I am complete…I will be the true me.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Life never stands still and neither do we.  In fact, we are constantly emerging, evolving, becoming the persons we may never have thought we would be.

Who is it that your life is shaping you into being?

Peace and love,

Felecia

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