I trekked through the jungle this past Tuesday here in Malaysia. It’s a guided monthly hike with a group of ladies. A different rainforest/jungle each month. It’s a great way to learn about one’s surroundings, make friends and enjoy outdoor activity.
Our guide, John, is Chinese Malaysian, local and knowledgeable. I really like him. He always shares jungle lore. Sometimes a combination of superstition, native intuition and plain old common sense.
He told us that the jungle people would never say the word “tiger” because if you said it three times then a tiger would eventually appear. And if they had to refer to the tiger they didn’t even use the word for tiger. They used another word which meant “striped one.”
Because you had the power to bring it to you.
My friend’s mother, Ann, was on the hike with us. She is visiting Malaysia for three months. And is eager to travel, keep active and find interesting things to do. We were about to hike up this steep area to reach a canopy walkway. She thought better of it, declined and told us to go without her. She’d be fine and wait for us at the rest spot.
Upon our return, I asked her if she saw or talked with anyone. Ann said that she met a woman. This lady, from San Francisco, was on a hike and stopped to chat with her. She was visiting her Chinese Malaysian mother in the nearby town. The woman said that she would be doing some traveling while she was here and asked Ann if she would be interested. Anyway, long story short, they exchanged emails. Who knows? Maybe they will hook up and see some sights together.
The point is this.
When Ann was recounting the story to me she said, “You just throw these things into the universe……”
Meaning that if you put a need or a thought out there, into the universe, it comes back fulfilled or recognized.
I believe that. Just like the jungle people believed it. Like Ann believes it.
If you just put it out there it will come back. You have the power to bring it to you. To make it happen.
My only advice is this. Keep it positive. No one wants a tiger at their door.
So, go on, put it out there. Into the universe.
Update: Ann and the lady she met are heading out Friday to start exploring together. Both families met each other and it’s a go!