The Van And The Attitude

The Mural

The Mural

WICKHAM CP, FL—I think I’ll title these ‘mixed’ posts—articles that are both useful to Nomads and Mystics alike—as The Van And….

Just so you’ll know what you’re getting into.

One of the most life altering events I’ve experienced was when I read a short phrase written by Ken Wilber—a phrase that consisted of only three words:

Do the experiment.

He was talking about some spiritual practice, about just trying it so you’ll find out for yourself if the practice benefits you or not, but these three words can also be applied to practically all areas of life: Rather than trying to figure Life out, treat it with a sense of curiosity, “What’s going to happen if I do this?” Don’t worry about the end results. Don’t focus on winning. Focus on the experience.

Since I read those three little words, I’ve pretty much lived my life “doing the experiment”—and as a result have grown beyond my wildest dreams.

The van isn’t going to be perfect on this first build—hell, it isn’t even going to be right—but it is going to get me out on the road again, out to see the leaves changing colors and experience new sights and sounds and smells.

Vinyl Floor

Vinyl Floor

For example, take a look at the vinyl floor I laid today. Look at those edges. Are they perfect? Not even close. While most of those ragged edges will be covered by furniture, that isn’t the point. The point is I’ve never laid a sheet of vinyl in my life but now I know a hell of a lot more about it: about what works and what doesn’t. It may not be perfect, but it does what it was meant to do: cover the plywood and protect my almost always bare feet.

Ragged Cuts

Ragged Cuts

I did the experiment. I wasn’t attached to the results. I bought a piece of scrap vinyl, and laid it in with the full expectation that I may rip it out after I get back.

It’s temporary. Everything in this physical world is temporary.

Remember this, and you’ll not take Life so seriously.

Try it. Treat whatever you’re considering doing next as an experiment and not as a win/lose situation.

Such a simple change in attitude can change your life.

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4 thoughts on “The Van And The Attitude

  1. One thing that might be worth a try the next time around, is something I have learned to use on rental property with great success…commercial vinyl tile. It is inexpensive (less than .50/SF), an eigth of an inch thick with solid color all the way through, much easier to install and forgiving of cutting errors, and is practically indestructible when dragging furniture, appliances, cargo, or anything else across it. One hint…keep it very warm when cutting it so it doesn’t crack. If you put it down with waterproof adhesive, it’s almost as good as seamless in regards to water getting on it. We’re going to be using it for our cargo trailer conversion floor. Any builder’s store will have it.

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