One of the reasons I enjoy and believe that travelling is so important is it humbles me and shows me the world in ways I would never have realized. These moments happen on whim. Unplanned, unpredictable, wonderful, sometimes horrible and life changing.
My work was published this week on Dave’s Travel Corner with a story about the beauty and kindness of the Indonesian people. I easily could have, and in fact, almost did miss the opportunity that was presented to me allowing the telling of this tale.
To travel to a foreign country and be immersed in another culture, language and way of life can rock one’s world at times. The more I travel, the more I realize the value of life, the impact of a smile and no matter what, kindness begets kindness.
You are all invited to read my piece titled Indonesia: Hello Mister! on Dave’s Travel Corner. There are some pictures below to get the ball rolling, but this weeks full story can be viewed at Dave’s Travel Corner. The story is about not missing opportunities which Augusten Burroughs has a great quote to share on the matter:
“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”
There’s a lot of possibility in a simple hello, a kind smile or time spent sitting with people under some trees in the middle of the jungle. It’s our choice how we view the world around us and consequently how we react to it.
Check out this week’s full story: Indonesia: Hello Mister!