A hermit! A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
The thing about being a complete hermit you don’t have any foot-traffic, demographics, marketing, emails, phones, mailboxes, traffic jams, long commutes, etc. So much in life depends upon you being flexible and acting like Shakespeare— as we are always on stage. The problem with being a perfect hermit is no-body knows. So what if you are an island onto yourself— now you begin to look for compromises. You set up somewhere in the woods behind a Buddhist Monastery and they put you on their apprentice Buddha tour. The new students come by your cave and bring you delicious muffins, and yogurt and you give out some witticisms. So you see you can’t get away from selling your services lest you don’t survive. That’s the double-edged sword. All you have in this world is services. Some pay for the services. Brittany Speers spends $778,000 per month on what people give her for her services. Only God knows what they are!
To choose to be a Hermit you need the same kind of dress as if you were a wall-street analyst. After you have your dress code (a nice burlap with matching sandals plus a grey beard) you need to choose a place that is believable— like in the mountains of Translvannia, in the Himalayas, India, or China. The problem with these remote locations are: they are very cold and don’t lend themselves well with people who have tree allegeries, can’t tolerate damp fungi exposures, don’t breathe well in bat and bird doo doo caves and have insomnia from trying to sleep on rock-bottom hard surfaces and most of all—- no Starbucks.
After you get people coming by your cave you decide to write the Hermit’s Diet, How to make Hermit Tea, Top ten things a Hermit can do!, The Zen of being a Hermit, Learning to be a Hermit for Dummies, and soon you are picked up by the talk shows. Now you need a business card, Zentraveler Professor of Hermitary, a publicist, a literary agent, an accountant, a wrist watch so you can be on time for all of your scheduled book tours, a bank account, w2 forms, a computer so you can crank out even more hermit books. How I became a Hermit and turned that into a million dollars. What do you think a writer is? You guessed it——- a Hermit!
If you still want this lifestyle than like James Michener said: “you become possessed and couldn’t stop writing even if you wanted too. Those characters and story-boards keep coming in your head and you can’t stop the chatter—even if you tried. To gather information for his books, Mr. Michener often moved to the place he wanted to write about, soaking up atmosphere and collecting detailed information. His version of “Hawaii” just kept growing and nearly drove him crazy. Hey I thought you wanted all this hermit business so you could empty your mind and obtain the quick track to enlightenment. Just sit! Zen!
In “Brother Frolick,” the picaresque hero has completed a lifetime of adventures and visits a hermit “who was known to be a pious man” for advice about getting to heaven. The hermit tells him that there are two roads, one broad and pleasant leading to hell, and a second narrow and rough leading to heaven. Brother Frolick thinks to himself, “I should be a fool if I were to take the narrow, rough road.” ——hermitary.com
QUOTE: “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” ~Chinese Proverb
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: What makes a Mexican jumping bean jump? First of all, the jumping bean is not actually a bean; it’s a seed. And it doesn’t actually jump; rather, it rolls and tumbles. The Mexican Jumping bean is really a three-celled bean pod that grows in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is the seed of the yerba de flecha, a Mexican rubber tree plant. The plant’s pod is what the bean moth uses as a home. ——bigsiteofamazingfacts.com
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Wildlife! By 2025 as many as one fifth of all animal species may be lost, gone forever. In recent times, hundreds of species have become extinct as a result of human activities:
Habitat destruction by logging; ever-encroaching human settlement; pollution of water, soil, and air; unnatural climate changes due to fuel use; unmanaged fishing that exhausts fish stocks; and illegal hunting to supply the demand for skins, hides, traditional medicines, food, and tourist souvenirs all threatens species’ existence.
EXTINCTION IS FOREVER! We must act now. Time is running out.——worldanimalfoundation.homestead.com
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t be a hermit all of your life— try something different.
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