“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. What is 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 have appreciated every message sent my way, regardless of its content, but Mark Twain said it best: “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 special travel plans. I hope you appreciate the added value and convenience I can bring to the table when you have an extraordinary 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. Especially in this age of polarization, we need to seek common ground with each other. 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.
Thank you for your continuing curiosity about the world.
May you experience happiness. May you bring light to someone else’s life.
May you abide in joy. And may you allow yourself to feel gratitude, and to multiply that feeling by sharing it with those around you.
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
17 November 2016