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Dr. Seuss

I have been to many places and seen many things, from the Normandy beaches, which reminded me of those who fought for freedom, to the tropical island of Fiji where I saw God work in miraculous ways. Each new place, every new city, all the people I have met; change my life. In England I learned the value of loving my work, Africa taught me the joy of quietly observing.

If asked which was my favorite place… honestly… I couldn’t say. I loved every country I visited, each had something new and different to offer.


Often people stereotype about this country’s culture or that country’s food, but they are supposed to be different. If each place or person were the same, life would be incredible boring!

You don’t have to leave the country or even your town to find someone different than you. At school, work, the grocery store, we encounter a multitude of people. Do we stop to consider… Who are they? What is their story? What makes them unique?

I don’t understand society today, we don’t want to talk to people, we don’t want to share who we are, but we will post on Facebook or Instagram what we had for breakfast. Does this really make sense? We go around not knowing people and not caring enough to ask.

I wonder what would the world be like if we took the time to care?

If we took the time out of our day to stop and ask, what is your story?

What makes you…well…you?

I could visit every country in the world and every city each country and never find two people who were the same. Each person is unique with their own story and from each person’s story we can learn and grow. So, I would like to know.


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Above the World

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TravelThe other day, I was flying home and looking out the window, this is what I saw.  Blue sky stretching for mile.  It is one of the things that I love to see.

The sky is never the same and when flying, there is a whole new perspective.  The new perspectives are helpful in life too.  We each have a unique perspective and sometimes if we step back and seek a new perspective.

Proverbs 11:14 tells us, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”  With the counsel and perspective of others, there is wisdom.

These are some things for which I am thankful.

#6. Traveling

#7. New Perspectives

#8. Being “Above the World” (Flying).

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Far and Away

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Durham CathedralFor a few weeks this summer, I have been traveling in the United Kingdom.  While doing some touristy things, I am also trying to observe and learn from the experience too.

Purple Tree    Durham and Durham Cathedral were some of the places that we visited.  One of the things that struck me, even during my first few days here, is the colors.  Even as we were leaving the hotel I saw this amazing tree.  This picture does not do it justice, it is a massive deep purple tree and it stands out, even from a good distance.


Durham StreetsThe city of Durham is not large, but the streets are alive with people.  Exploring these streets, we found everything from little cafes, to supermarkets, to souvenir stores, to charity shops (a version of a thrift store).  There were gray sky’s most of the day, but this did not stop people from getting outside.  The Market Square is the center of town and where there is always something happening.

The former Bishop's Palace.  Now part of Durham University.

The former Bishop’s Palace. Now part of Durham University.

Traditions and heritage are themes which seem to permeate the area. While there are modern buildings or modern store fronts, the primary structures are built to mimic the old buildings, to keep a similarity between everything.  We were told on a tour, “100 years is to us like 100 miles is to American’s”. To them traditions and heritage go back centuries and the way they live shows the love they have for their country.

City Market

City Market

This unity is also spread through to the culture. In America, we are very independent, everyone who can owns a car and a cell phone, our grocery stores are made so that we Phone Boxencounter as few people as possible.  We eat as fast as we can and our tables at restaurants and placed so as to still give some privacy.  Over here, there is a sense of community between everyone. From the wide use of public transportation or at least the fact that there are hardly any cars around, the public telephones and the use of market places promotes joining together.  They understand that each person is dependent on many others for the food they buy and the way they live their life.

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

We also hiked along Hadrian’s Wall, or what is called the “northern end of civilization”. The variety of greens in the grass, the deep blue of the sky, and the animals which dot many of the fields bring tranquility.  We had a beautiful day, but even when the sky is gray and threatening, I never feel the uneasiness of a storm.  You prepare for a storm and enjoy it when it comes, if it is sunny you eat lunch out on the grass, we have done this multiple times.

The feeling I get over here is that humans or modern times are intruding into life and that this effect should be kept as limited as possible. Open countryside had been the primary vista, so far during our trip. The houses are small and the few cars even smaller. The building materials are usually stone or brick, or are made to look like such. There is ivy growing over many walls and gardens at most homes. Nature is given the priority in this areas. The sound of sheep, the wind and running water are commonly heard sounds.

Farm House  I think that the culture of the people and their enjoy life attitude is displayed in the way they build their homes and cities. And in turn, this heritage is passed on to others. The sweeping vistas and the clean fresh air that is present even in cities are characteristics which make this country special…  These are a  stark difference from the smog and chemical smells of many areas of America.  The United States would do well to consider adopting some of these characteristics into our society.

England Landscape



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Thankful For the Little Things

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It has been a rough day. I was supposed to fly home from Florida today and, because of a car wreck, I missed my flight. As it would happen, the airport was small and I would not be able to leave today. I had a… MELT DOWN.  However, as I was standing in the airport, I thought… be grateful for little things.  I then realized how blessed I truly am.

  • I was not in the car wreck.
  • I will get to spend another day with my cousin.
  • The nice supervisor transferred my ticket for free.

 These were the obvious things. Then I thought of the not so obvious.

  • I am able to travel.
  • While I will rush, I won’t miss critical events.
  • I will not be in the airport all night.
  • I have air-conditioning.

 Everything could have been worse.

    I also know that God has everything happen for a reason. It may be crazy and I may never know why, but this does not mean I have to be crabby and complaining. I realized the difference these little things can make when talking to the airline ticketing supervisor. The moment I said, “Thank you for your help,” his face change. He looked shocked. I realized there are multiple people that missed their flight, crabby, upset and worried and the fact that someone could be thankful was unusual. This challenges me: be thankful for little things, look beyond the surface. It is not enough to be resigned, we have to embrace the situation and bring the best out of it. Be thankful for all the little things in your life and your situation. It sure beats melting down.

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