“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.”
— Melanie Beattie, The Language of Letting Go
Thank you, gentle readers, for being my correspondents. Who can be a writer if there are no readers? Certainly I have done most of the writing but some of you have written back to me regarding one post or another. I appreciate every message sent my way, regardless of its content, and I agree with Mark Twain: “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” I truly value your tolerance and attention and try not to abuse them. Thank you for letting me address you.
Thank you for being my clients. As the airlines say, I know you have other options available to you as you make your travel plans. When your trips are straightforward and familiar through repetition, you should make the arrangements on your own if you like. But I hope you appreciate the added value and convenience I can bring to the table when you have a special trip in mind. There are many facets of your life which you entrust to specialists who deal with that topic all the time. If you would not replace your own furnace or cater your daughter’s wedding, why would you spend thousands of dollars on travel without getting help from an expert who deals with your concerns professionally? I have a wealth of resources to match your travels to your dreams, and I feel honored when you let me do that for you.
But most of all, thank you for being travelers! If boundaries divide and travel unites (as I believe they do), then we will all be better off when we get to know each other better. Seeing how the world looks from another person’s home town can be reassuring or frightening – but always enlightening. Feeling the heat or the cold of life on a different Main Street – or deep in the wilderness – changes the way life feels at home. Getting outside your usual comfort zone can feel disorienting and challenging, but it can also prove exhilarating and profoundly educational. Thank you for putting yourself out there to see the world as you have not seen it before.
Travel guru Rick Steves shares this view of the life-expanding benefits of travel. Rick has made a generous offer to match donations to Bread for the World and give donors a set of his “Christmas in Europe” publications or (my pick) an autographed copy of his recent book “Travel As a Political Act.” If you are inclined I urge you join me and extend your own holiday table to help feed the world by donating to Bread for the World here.
Thank you for your continuing curiosity about the world. Happy Thanksgiving!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
20 November 2014