Published Articles: San Miguel de Allende
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard Curiosity is the first step towards exploring the inner world. Some say travelers are restless and are born with a wayward streak. Others label them as nomads and vagabonds. And still others romanticize them as wayfarers and pioneers. But beyond these fanciful notions one of the distinguishing characteristics dwelling within a traveler is simple curiosity.
“Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi When it comes to inquiries of the heart there is one question that just about everyone in the world asks, “Have you found the love of your life yet?” There is no doubt that answering “yes” to this question is a beautiful thing, yet I can’t help but ask a contradictory question that almost no one in the world asks, “Have you found the life in your love yet?” At first glance the juxtaposition of words is confusing, but for wise life travelers who take its contrary implications to heart, extraordinary value emerges.
“Life is a promise; fulfill it.” ― Mother Teresa Fulfillment . . . that elusive promise of attaining unbounded happiness, contentment and peace in our lives. Our yearning for fulfillment however doesn’t stop there as it reaches more deeply into our desire for freedom in the sense of living as we choose rather than as we are obliged. Many travelers I meet along life’s path aspire to the freedom of fulfillment; so much so that they work themselves into exhaustion in the hopes of one day attaining it. But the reality is many never do attain it.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle To “know yourself” appears to be an anomaly of the obvious, a natural outcome of observing one’s lifelong preferences, values, opinions and patterns of behavior. But this lackadaisical personal inventory of affects and attributes has nothing to do with who we really are. The wise life traveler who is truly on the way is aware that until they know themselves beyond the obvious self they assume themselves to be, they will know nothing of who they really are. That is to say, there is a deeper dimension of “selfhood” residing within us that beckons to be discovered.