Have you seen that new Timehop app? It lets you know what you were doing on this day for the last three years. I was amazed to discover how I have spent this day. Three years ago I was in Hawaii, two years ago in Italy and a year ago I was boarding a ship in Turkey to take me to Greece. Not long ago I believed that a particular place could make me feel alive or at peace. Today, I am home where I am meant to be. You know what I’ve discovered after being fortunate enough to travel to so many amazing places? Feeling alive and feeling peace is a place inside of me. It cannot be a destination. You cannot find it on a map. It lives inside of you and if you are blessed enough, it becomes part of who you are. Once you can feel those two things wherever you are, that’s when life truly begins. I am grateful for the travel and grateful for my new found knowledge. Be where you love and love where you are. Maybe that’s the true secret to life. What do you think?
I have been blessed the last few years to have gotten the opportunity to see some amazing places. There is nothing quite like traveling and seeing an amazing sight for the first time. It’s like something inside you comes to life, a part of you that had been asleep for a long time and becomes an eager child ready to see and learn. Although I love and appreciate every experience, there has not been one place I have felt the need to return too, that is until now.
I remember getting off the bus in the village of Oia. I had already spent 4 days exploring the Islands of Greece, but Santorini was about to become a longing for me, a place I knew I would have to return. As I walked to the top of the cliff and looked at the water and village for the first time I was moved to tears. I stopped breathing for a short moment and I felt my heart start to pound in my chest. There are no words to describe what I felt or saw that would do this wonderful place enough justice to describe its beauty. Natural, amazing beauty. A perfect canvas for a beautiful scene. In my 42 years, I had never fallen completely in love with a place like I did this one. It physically pained me to have to leave but I thought I would share some pictures so you could see it too. If you ever get the opportunity, go! It really is a magical place.
It’s a funny thing. I have been thinking about the phrase seeing the world through rose colored glasses. There I was on a 30 minute ferry ride between the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Delos. I realized how silly I must have looked pulling my sunglasses up above my eyes every few seconds so I could see the natural amazing color of the water that softly cushioned the bottom of our boat. I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful blue in all of my life. It just didn’t look as vibrant and beautiful through my shades. It occurred to me at that moment that I often see the world through similar shades that have nothing at all to do with eye care. Some see the world through rose colored glasses and the rest of us see the world through tinted distorted ones. How many times have you been to a beautiful place but missed the beauty because of a reoccurring thought or future concern? Perhaps a bad mood that you just cannot shake can drain the beauty out of any moment. How then do we remember to take off the glasses and focus on everything as it is placed in front of us in its own beautiful, magnificent way, exactly the way it is meant to be seen? I went to an absolutely gorgeous beach earlier today. Due to circumstances out of my control I was in a pretty terrible mood. The timing was just awful! There I was surrounded by the natural beauty and wonder of Greece and I could not shake that bad mood. I can’t help but wonder how beautiful the beach might have been with a slight adjustment of my mood and mindset. Oddly enough, even my photographs dulled the color and beauty of what I actually saw. Let that be a lesson for all of us. Wherever you are, be there completely. Take it in, the color, the sound, the sight and the feeling, exactly the way it is meant to be in that moment. Take off the shades that dull the moment or fade the scene from what it actually is and see it, really see it. Look hard and then turn around and take another look. There is so much beauty all around us. Don’t miss your chance to see it.