Something to think about…

Some interesting thoughts about travelling.

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

– Andre Gide

“Travel makes one modest.
You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Scott Cameron

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

“The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The Art of Sharing

Someone’s loss is someone else’s gain they say. And even thought his might be true in some very rare cases, I still question how valid these words are. It’s becoming more clear to me with each day that passes that there is plenty out there for all of us to share.

For example, if I have discovered an easy way of doing something, a good recipe for a meal or an inspirational website, why not share it? If I have food and clothes to spare, why throw it away, rather than letting someone else benefit? Because much like the somewhat worn phrase – sharing is caring. Only a very selfish person would choose not to share.

Because as many obstacles there are in the world, just as many good thoughts there are to share, and find a way around them. As much evil, sadness and darkness there is in this world, just as much love, compassion and respect is there to shine a light on it.

You can always choose if you want to share. And how much. We sometimes need to balance our sharing in the sense that you can’t give all your energy to others. Then you will have no energy left to drive your own life and inspiration. But you will find that positive sharing generates more inspiration and energy for most of us. And good karma will always find it’s way to those who share with good intentions and an open heart.

Closely related to the art of sharing is also the gift of listening. You can choose if you want to listen and how much. No one person has the right to force anyone to listen or take their advise. But with all the good things being shared in the world, it would be foolish to never try to listen to a different way of living life. Imagine all the opportunities missed when insisting to go about life the same way one always has.

It is a true art to balance sharing and listening. But if they are approached respectfully they can be the most helpful inspirational motors your life has ever had.

My Darling You

Tomorrow it’s been a whole year since I met the wonderful man who swept into my life and made me realise what it’s like to be truly loved. Thank you T for finding me, I can’t imagine my life was meant to be lived in any other way.

Before I met you I thought I was strong
But I soon realised
That allowing someone to love you
And dare to fall in love right back
Means that you have to let go
And dare to be weaker
If only for a moment
To become much stronger together

Never before
Has anyone held me like you have
Through the good times
And the bad

Never before have I trusted
That whatever happened
We wanted us
More than anything else

It’s been a whole year
And so much has happened
It feels like forever
But it still somehow flew by

I can’t wait for tomorrow
Not quite sure what it holds
Or where it will take us
But I can’t wait to meet it
With your hand in mine

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Travel thoughts and quotes

Travelling has so many different dimensions. Here are a few of them:

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Why don’t you care

It’s a very fine line
Between pushing what’s yours
And driving what’s fair 

If you don’t really care
About what happens around you
Then why on earth are you here 

If you can’t even try
And walk in someone else’s shoes
For even a moment
Then maybe go back
And just sit on your own 

When being around others
You have to deal with their thoughts
As well as their questions 

Working together
In positive balance
Gives results far greater
Than you could ever accomplish alone 

All that it costs you
Is taking the time
To give others a fair go 
And hear them out

People don’t always just ask
Because they want something from you
Quite often they want to contribute
And help build something good

My issue in life is that I certainly care
It sometimes causes me grief
But it also gives far more joy
Than silent resilience

I will continue to care
Even if many don’t
Because as long as I care
I will also believe 

The things accomplished together
Despite their ups and downs
Are always better
Than the ones forged alone
In darkness and tears

In silent triumph
With no one to hug
No one to cheer you across the finish line
And no one who cares

 

In my heart

You hold my heart tight 
From far, far away
And it makes me miss you
Every single day

What you mean to me
Will never ever change
No matter the distance
Isn’t it strange?

What we used to share
Is still so alive
Even though it’s changed a bit
It’s continuing to thrive 

So don’t be sad that we have moved 
I am forever there for you
Maybe not always to hold you in my arms
But friendship like this will always be true

Someone once told me

Someone once told me that you have to choose between here and there. That life will always be either or. That finding comfort in the in-between is unnatural and will never last.

After taking in these strong words of doubt, I remember smiling and saying “thank you”. Because it is condescending words like this who makes me keep dreaming.

You see, a life traveller is not just an impossible seeker. Whoever is searching with an open heart shall also find. Sometimes finding something far greater than they ever imagined or first set out to explore.

To find peace in the unknown is not an abnormality. It’s a strength far beyond where most people ever dare to go.