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The World Is A Book…

0 Comments 29 June 2010

St. Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”  I think after writing a post about reading it is only fitting that I write about travel.  For some people travel is a frivolous thing that is reserved for the uber-wealthy, and for others it is a a vital part of life.  I belong in the later group as I have come to learn, from experience, that travel, for me, is a necessity.  I am in whole-hearted agreement with St. Augustine and I have many pages to read in the days that I have left on this earth.

I think that I can actually mark my days and move through my life with much more equilibrium if I know there is a trip coming in the future.  It doesn’t have to be a trip to some exotic place in a far off land.  As my friend Carol, who writes on her blog about the most fabulous city on earth…NYC, says in her post about traveling, it really isn’t about where, it is about your perspective in the journey!  For me, it is about stepping out of the mundane, the repititious and the cycle of everyday life.  We see things differently, we breath differently, we allow ourselves the freedom to laugh and rest and think in ways we do not in our normal routines.

Don’t get me wrong, of course the far off places are to be dreamt of and sought after, with pennies being saved.  But for many, there are a multitude of excuses for why we cannot travel and the expense of travel is the primary culprit.  However, travel need not be expensive; indeed, even the poor find a way to travel.  I am certainly an example of this reality.  I have never had a pocket full of gold, but I have sold things, saved things, used points, bartered, borrowed and possibly swindled 😉 to make my way around the world or across the country!  I have said it before and I will say it again, we spend our money on what is important to us!  If we value travel, we will choose to travel!

Regardless of where we travel, be it across town or around the world, there is beauty to be taken in and much to be learned.  G.K. Chesterton said it well when he said, “The ‘traveler’ sees what he sees.  The ‘tourist’ sees what he has come to see.”  We either enter a new environment with a spirit of superiority, coming to observe what we see as worthy of our time or we come with a heart and eyes of humility, open to take in what a new place can teach us.  Travel gives us a new view of life.  It gives us a lovely picture of how people live life and that broadens our perspective on all of humanity.  It connects us to the world.  It may be at the hot dog stand at the park across town or on a gondola around the world, but it incites in us the same curiosity, the same calling…to see what we see…that we are part of an amazing world!  What a fabulous book to read…what page would you like to read?  Where would you travel if you could go anywhere?

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“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wondering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty bats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them...” Annie Dillard

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