There’s a wise old saying:
If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain
According to the Oxford dictionary this generally means that if someone fails to do as you wish them to do or, if a particular situation does not suit you despite your perseverance to shape it in that manner, then you must accept it and change your plans accordingly.
Perseverance is something that Tony Mangan does well. In fact, his waking life depends on daily perseverance as he walks around the globe step after step.
This week Tony was keen to share his memory of when he was on a similar world tour 4 years ago. At that time in Iran he bumped into a man named Mohamed and his little family. Tony got to experience a culture of a different kind and he shared a lovely birthday experience with this man and his kind family.
As Tony foots it out across the southern half of Australia, he is continuing to bump into random characters that provide him (and us) all with entertainment. Tony, of course, greets them with his smile and shows his Irish charm whatever comes along.
Recently his openness around the world meant that he was followed by an uncomfortable amount of flies. This and the excessive heat have bothered Tony somewhat so he’s fortunate to have met a couple of ladies that have stuck to him as closely as those flies!
Two of these ladies are pet-named by Tony as ‘Thelma’ and ‘Louise’ and another was kind old Nola who volunteers to help revive drivers in the outback. As per usual, Tony used his gift of the gab to illicit some fun and mischief from the ladies along the way.
Although a couple of these lovely ladies were named after the famous movie that addressed how two women who bond can live without men in their lives, thankfully for Tony these two Aussie ladies were far more welcoming to him.
Then again, he was in the mood for a waltz with even a Matilda if she crossed his path. For Tony perseverance is one of the traits that he knows too well since his journey from Asia to Australia and back again in the near future.
Perhaps in Asia he will be greeted by people just as glorious as the ladies he has met recently. If not, ah well, you can be assured that he will be as open to receiving an approach as we all know now that with him:
If the mountain won't come to Tony, Tony must go to the mountain!