“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy
We are reminded to give thanks in many ways. A sunset, sharing laughter with a friend, the freedom to say, believe, do, and go as we please… And, certainly the events of the past weeks have been a stark reminder (once more) of how precious these moments are.
If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know how brilliantly alive it is. In those weeks of disbelief and sadness, even in the face of darkness, Paris was determined to be Paris–it didn’t shrink in fear. Cafès and restaurants were open, music played, people were out and about..Paris, the “city of light”, prevailed.
Their example is one I believe we must emulate. To cancel or avoid making travel plans is such a mistake. It’s when we travel that we make those connections and we realize that there are far more amazing, friendly, wonderful people of all colors and races everywhere…We must live our lives and continue to reach out and meet the world.
I’m reminded of two blog posts that I published featuring many of the lovely people I’ve met in my travels. It happens to feature people I’ve met in Italy but the list of warm, friendly, generous people that I have met has not been limited to my beloved Italy.
I’ve met them here at home, in Germany, France, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Mexico…all the places I’ve traveled and not just natives but other travelers along the way from Canada, Britain, Norway, Ireland, Australia, India…all open, genuine and friendly.
Those are the people I meet and who I want to meet, don’t you? They’re out there, far more of them and they want to meet you, too..
And, thank you, I’m so glad we’ve met and connected. Whether it’s in person or virtually, reaching out and making new friends is how we will transform the world into a better, more beautiful place…
(This message was, in part, included in my last e-newsletter. Since then there has been a 90 day travel alert from the State Dept. and I am aware of that. Ultimately each of us must decide for ourselves. We are asked to be vigilant, observant and exercise good judgment which should always be practiced when traveling. For details, go to State Dept. Travel Alert. )