Change the Scenery

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There are times that you need new inspiration. One of the joys in my life has been the fact that I have been able to travel extensively. I have covered just about every state of the USA, Canada, Mexico, and several countries in Europe and the continent of Africa.

I have seen beauty that rivals the Grand Canyon and the majesty of the Rockies. I have been swimming in the muddy rivers of the Ozarks and fished in the River Thames near its starting point many miles west of London. On the other hand, I have experienced the lives of those who live in cardboard boxes in Mexico and sat with people with unmentionable diseases deep in the jungles of Africa.

As a dual citizen, it has been my privilege to proudly stand to attention when “The Star Spangled Banner” or “God Save the Queen” was played as troops were recognized for their service, but I have also seen the horrors of civil war that has totally decimated the infrastructure of a country that most could not find on a map.

I know what it is to visit multi-million dollar homes on Lake Tahoe, or visit the palaces of Europe, or the 2000 year old remains of Roman invasions.  However, I have also watched children play and scavenge for food while going back to a home made out of burlap sacks with no protection from months of torrential rains.

If you know nothing outside of your comfort zone, you will probably struggle to understand how others live. So, if you get a chance, travel to other places. You will be richer for the experience and you will greatly thankful for the blessings of being able to live in the west surrounded by affluence.

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One thought on “Change the Scenery

    J.L. Pattison said:
    October 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Good point and good reminder!

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