The aspect of travel today offers a frightening perspective to many people. It is no longer just the issue of getting on a plane to do business in another state or country. Or to take a well-deserved vacation after many long months of hard work. The issues that compound the weariness such as terrorism and global diseases now are used as the standard excuse for not traveling. This is a sad state of affairs for all that wish to gain new perspectives and enjoy the adventure of, in the Australian vernacular, a "walk about". The idea of travel was instilled in me at an early age. My mother had a small clock that doubled as a music box. She would play the song and all the kids would join in singing "I love to go a wandering along the merry way" and as I got older, I did just that. The experiences that travel brings are rich and many. The people that are met, the relationships that are formed, the beauty of nature and the rarity of foreign cultures expose and inspire us to broaden our approach toward life. It provides new insight into others and the feelings that they have toward world issues and other people. It also provides a quiet understanding that our way may not always be the right way or only way to get things done.
Travel is now viewed by many as an inconvenience. Many consider it a danger. But as we look to expand our knowledge of the world that we live in, travel has be an integral part. It doesn't have to be constant plane rides to far away places, it can simply be a quiet walk in the woods, a casual conversation shared with a cup of coffee. Or it can be a quiet time of recollection to remember good times and special people. All in all, without travel, our memories are limited and our abilities to understand new perspectives become limited to our own judgmental acts and opinions.
Travel because it is not only good for business and you are required to do so, but travel for your soul. As we get older, our memories are all that are left to us, and travel provides so many of those memories. "Wanderlust" should still be alive.
SOME GREAT QUOTES
“Over time, and particularly during the last decade or two, an ever-increasing share of GDP has reflected the value of ideas more than material substance or manual labor input.” - Alan Greenspan
“There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.” - Sir Joshua Reynolds
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” - Leonardo Da Vinci
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. - Abraham Lincoln
“From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step.” - Napoleon
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