If you are open and curious, it is difficult to have a bad trip.
In the moment of distress or disappointment it may seem that your current circumstances could not possibly result in a good experience. On the contrary, it is the difficulties that create growth and the most profound memories.
None of us plan on falling into trouble when we travel, but when we are outside of our comfort zone nearly everything can feel challenging. And that can be rewarding or debilitating.
It is all about perception.
Think about your life’s journey for a moment. Where would you be without those left turns, speed bumps and cliffs? There is gold in every moment.
Life is happening FOR you, not to you. Every tiny incident, every nuanced moment, every thunderstorm and every sunrise is for you. It is a gift.
As thanksgiving approaches in the states, we are drawn toward the light of gratitude. Melody Beattie sums up this feeling of openness and joy better than anything I’ve ever read:
“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. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Happy Thanksgiving. Grateful for the journey.