If I had allowed fear to prevent me from traveling alone to this womb of inspiration and the other 50+ countries I’ve traveled to, I would not have wisdom of the citizens of the world. Books are great but first-hand experience is better. One needs to learn more about the world to gain a different perspective about life. For me, having a motivation outside myself brings the greatest gifts.
As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
It’s your belief system that either enables you to change or prevents you from changing. It’s “Comfort Addiction” working full time. Many of us are stuck in our “Comfort Cocoons” thinking we’re playing life big but life is against us.
Can you identify one of your “Comfort Addictions”? What can you do today to get out of your “Comfort Cocoon”? What belief can you change NOW to make a difference in your life?
I Bite People: Everything is difficult when we do it out of fear or obligation. Just like I Bite People. He is upset because he’s tired and wants to rest but he’s being forced to work a job he doesn’t like. He is fighting the way the river is flowing.
While Peace Be Upon You, gets it. He goes with flow. He accepts what he doesn’t have the power to change and has found a way to work with passion and love, regardless of his situation– 100 degree temperatures, doing the same thing all day, everyday of his life. He allowed me to pet him and give him a kiss of gratitude, while I Bite People, wanted no connection, no appreciation for his hard work. He just wanted to be left alone.
On the plane from LA to London, a fellow passenger asked where my final destination was. I said, Jordan and then on to Egypt. His face went white, saying, “You’re walking into the lion’s den. Be careful.” I felt his true concern for my “naiveté.”
To me, I was traveling to meet my “soul family” whom I’ve not yet met in this lifetime. One of my “soul family” members is Mohammed, a Bedouin who lives in the hills of Petra. He invited me for tea, to catch up on each other’s lives, which I accepted. I felt free and inspired.
What I know for sure:
Freedom doesn’t just exist. It is a process. To be free, we must free ourselves. You can’t just “have” freedom; you can only do it. That’s what this trip is about for me. Freedom has been my driving force. When I feel free, I’m unstoppable. When I feel like the caged bird, I find myself dwelling in self-pity, lack, and obstacles.
I get that freedom has nothing to do with wealth, prestige or knowledge. It has nothing to do with where you are and what you do. It had to do with having the right attitude and perspective in life.
Do something freeing for yourself today and share with me what you did.