Whilst doing some recent streamlining (aka de-cluttering!) I came across this quote, apparently from Saint Augustine… ‘People travel the world to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars… and they pass themselves by without wondering…’
However, on researching further, I found another, also attributed to him… ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page…’
Personally, I love a contradiction, as I believe opposing truths do exist, all the time, and it’s vital we remember that! So, I guess you pick the one that speaks to you the most…
I remember saying something very snotty to someone who had travelled a great deal but they didn’t seem to have allowed what they’d seen to impact on them internally, which is probably why I like the first quote. But, whether we travel externally or internally, I would advocate doing it… & allow it to ‘enter’ you, alter you, touch you… that’s where the real benefit is… I think… as with any difficult life events… surrender if you can, then learn from how it has touched you.
(I may be a Highly Sensitive Person, but I can have a very sharp tongue, at times, when I feel a truth needs to be delivered – thank goodness I believe in embracing our ‘dark side’!) Do get in touch if you like the idea of my incisive fingers & words!!