Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why I travel and dream of traveling more...

There is a quote from some Peace Corps paperwork that I can relate to:

If we do not offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull, our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes will not lift to the horizon; our ears will not hear the sounds around us. We pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We soon wake up to find we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable space will conspire to keep you from taking the chances you should take.

But if you take a chance, you will never regret the choice. To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in the pouring rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come; so will they ever fade away. In the end you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much happier and so much the better person for having taken risk, and hardship.

There will be nothing to compare to the insight you have gained.


  1. Love this. Eckhart Tolle would agree, I think.
    Thanks for stopping by my new blog. I'm having a great time meeting new people. Let us know if you come to the west coast of Calabria.
    Where do you live in Oregon? Your picture looks like it could have been taken on the Multnomah Falls trail.