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…”