Gratitude and Traveling

One of my favorite aspects of traveling is meeting people…new people, familiar people, people different from me, people similar to me…traveling takes us into other worlds, not just physically and geographically, but in ways unseen. With this in mind, it is not a surprise to me that traveling has been one of the greatest teachers of gratitude in my life. When I open myself to the world and others, to what is different from me and new from what I have ever known, I step into the opportunity to be grateful in ways that I would never know if I did not travel. It is not that gratitude cannot be achieved without traveling or by those who do not care to travel…not at all. I am simply speaking from myself, the one I know best, and I know that for me traveling is part of who I am and therefore, one of my greatest teachers of many things in life. I am so grateful for traveling and I choose traveling as my lifestyle.

Yesterday, I was carrying out some social media work for a client. It involved researching for videos that I could use for posts on their Facebook page. In the midst of that, I came across this video about gratitude. By the end of the video, my face was covered in tears…I was so inspired and touched with the sense of how powerful gratitude is and what an amazing gift it is to us. Now, I am eager to share the video as much as possible. Even the choice to be grateful, to consciously be in that state and attitude, is a gift in and of itself.

I really hope that you enjoy this video…the images and the words. I am thankful that I did. And wherever you are in the world, whoever you are and whatever you are doing…I am thankful for you and for me, simply because we are existing.

Here are some of my favorite words from the video:

“…beauty and seduction is nature’s tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us realize we are a part of nature and we’re not separate from it. When we see ourselves in nature, it also connects us to every one of us, because it’s clear that it’s all connected in one…”

“…Oh, my God! Have you ever wondered what that meant? The “Oh” means it caught your attention; it makes you present; it makes you mindful. The “my” means it connects within something deep inside your soul; it creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard…and God…God is that personal journey we all want to be on, to be inspired; to feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life…”

“…you think this is just another day in your life…it’s not just another day…it’s the one day that is given to you….TODAY! It’s given to you, it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is…if you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well. Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open…that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment…we just think of good weather and bad weather…this day right now is unique weather…open your eyes, look at that. Look at the faces of people whom you meet! Each one has an incredible story behind their face. A story that you could never fully fathom. Not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far. And in this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all that life of generations and from so many places all over the world, flows together and meets you here like life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink…open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us…open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone one whom you will meet on this day, will be blessed by you…just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch…just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. And then, it will really be a good day!”