I wouldn't say that I am necessarily well-traveled. I've been on mission trips to Mexico and Spain and spent a week in Belize a couple of years ago. I've traveled from Key West to Boston to San Francisco to Missoula, with many other stops in between. I’ve interacted with a lot of diverse people and always try to experience local cuisine, transportation, and cultural activities no matter where I am. But, it seems as if one of the most rewarding trips I’ve taken lately was the shortest geographical distance I’ve ever traversed.
Novelist Alice Walker said "the most foreign country is within" and I have to agree. This quest to really get to know myself in the last few months has been wonderfully fulfilling, albeit a little painful and frightening at times.
I have several friends and family members who seem to be on personal journeys these days as well. Even though we are a variety of ages and from different walks of life, and the reasons that have brought us to this place are different, we are all seeking balance and harmony in our lives, whatever that looks like to us.
I guess it doesn’t really matter who you are or where you come from, soul searching is a part of life if you choose to accept the assignment. It can be a little scary since you don’t always know where it will take you, but having the time and inclination to truly begin listening to that quiet, still voice inside is a treasure indeed.
I’m not sure who said it, but I really like this message: “Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself!” We have to take charge of our own life; no one is going to do it for us. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. What are you waiting for?