Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trusting, playing, living

As our departure date approaches, I also find myself wondering what I will learn from being away from home and the gifts that will find their way to me. Occasionally, I've watched myself worry that my expectations are too high or misplaced, and that things will be the same wherever I go. After all, I can escape my environment and routine, but I can't escape my self, right? Like Homer Simpson says, perhaps there won't be a moral to the story, it'll just be "a bunch of stuff that happened".

Today, these three exact messages from wise souls made their way onto my radar:

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Goethe, by way of the Awe-manac

Make sure to leave room in your packing for surprises, lessons learned and being silly. Getting away from our regular life does wonders for our perspective doesn't it? There's nothing like it.
My friend Jen

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Harold Thurman, by way of Liz Lamoreux's email footer

Somehow I think that the lessons will be many. They'll come at just the right time. And they won't be lost.


  1. The idea of leaving room is beautiful.
    The bunch of stuff that happened is life in other words... isn't it?

    Often, people travel and go places, seeking the answers and are so focused on seeking the answers that they miss the little moments when the answers come. Let them come.

    Lovely to see that the Awe-manac is inspiring you already, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to have a (three months long!!!) "dip" into it. :)

  2. i second "leaving room in your packing..." - that is a lovely way to think of traveling =-)

    and a lovely way to think of Life too!