by Naomi on August 20, 2010

in Inspiration

Journey = Joy

'GEARBOX' - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg

‘Gearbox’. Not for nothing is it named that. Gnarliest road on the reserve, it snakes steeply up the side of a spectacular valley. As we approach, I engage my core, calling on my inner yogi to straighten my spine. It’s one of the ways I maximise the pleasure of being in the bush. Along with breathing deeply. And looking for little things among the magnificent. Pulling aside to let another vehicle pass, we spot a Chameleon. The feather touch of its feet feels like love on our skin.

Further on, a Kudu bull leaps across our path, the heaviness of his horns tilting his head. Chattering Monkeys peep from treetops, sending a Warthog bolting from beneath. It kicks up the scent of faintly bruised bushes. As we stop and start, warm air contrasts with cold wind on our faces. A mystical moon begins to rise. The main gift of the game drive is its focus on the moment. There is no destination. Instead we return to the same place we started, each experience unique. All the Joy is wrapped up in the Journey.

Quotes to consider:

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” – Matsuo Basho

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles” – Tim Cahill

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end” – Ursula K. LeGuin

As an afterthought . . . here’s a pic of the little guy:

CHAMELEON - Welgevonden, Waterberg, South Africa

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy August 20, 2010 at 7:56 am

The photography on your blog, both yours and Dave’s, is stunning.

Love this journey, all except the chameleon … eeeu!


souldipper August 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

It looks like a lion standing on the hill above the tree. 🙂
What is the material used on the road to make the track? Makes me wonder how anyone would see a thing whilst concentrating on staying on the track.


Naomi August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thank you so much, Cin…also for the laugh!

I love chameleons, but that’s just me. It’s something about their almost prehistoric, ‘old-person’ quality. I stopped the traffic in our road to save one once, which I’m sure some people thought was mad. It was a highlight of my day 🙂


Naomi August 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

Fancy that, I see what you mean, Amy 🙂 As you know, it’s common to spot things that seem like lions, since everyone’s always on the lookout for them. Except the driver, who’s designated to watch the road! It’s made from cement mixed with rocks. This is a recent improvement. On previous trips, it was plain rocks – much rougher on the kidneys!


Lance August 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

This writing touches into my heart today. The journey…that’s what it really is all about. And that journey is made up of all the moments within it. What amazing moments you have had!

And I love that first quote you have shared…that the journey itself is “home”. Reminds me to look within…and see what is truly connecting for me…

(and I love the photo of the chameleon!!)


Naomi August 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Thank you, Lance! The chameleon was crossing the road incredibly slowly, the way they do – swaying back and forth, as if savouring each step 🙂 I love how synchronistic our blogging world is. After preparing this post, I discovered your breath-taking one about ‘The Moment’, yesterday. You have such a special way of expressing things!


Paula August 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Love your blog, Naomi! Thanks for visiting mine! I have recently posted some photos on my site, as well as an ode or two. . .the photos are found at:

BTW, I’m adding you to my “blogroll!”


Naomi August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Thanks so much, Paula! Love the pics of your beautiful garden! I’ve added you to my blogroll too, and will be visiting often 🙂


nrhatch August 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Awesome post, Naomi!

Thanks for sharing a beautiful moment of your JOURNEY with us. And thanks for saving Chameleons crossing the road. : )


Naomi August 21, 2010 at 6:38 am

Any time, Nancy…thank you for caring 🙂


Dani H August 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

I LOVE this little chameleon ~ he just seems to be so happy! I was trying to find a specific quote about the journey, which I never did find, but this one made me laugh out loud:

“Steven Tyler is originally credited with the quote “It’s not the destination in life, it’s the journey that matters”. He’s an American singer and songwriter, the front man for Aerosmith. ChaCha on!”


Naomi August 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for that, Dani – appreciate it! The chameleon did come across as extremely chilled, as they generally do, since they move so slowly 🙂


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