There is an epidemic of fear in our world today. You don’t have to be a prophetic giant or Biblical scholar to recognize this. All you have to do is turn on your tv to CNN or Fox News and see the chaos and craziness going on in the world. There is political unrest rising up from all around us, from the Middle East to Africa to Asia and Europe and even right at our back door, in Mexico. There are more than just “rumors of wars” in Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Israel with literally no end in sight and no viable solutions. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, dangerously and audaciously mirroring some actions and mindsets of the infamous Hitler, seems to have one goal: to restore Mother Russia to its former glory. You can watch in full, high-definition color as ISIS ravages through city after city, marking Christians with a symbol, marking their death; while treacherously committing heinous acts of terror and the mass slaughtering of people . . . just for the glory of it. So far, they have successfully terrorized people even half way around the world.
When we were on our flight home coming back from our month-long, European tour, I asked my husband a question. The question was this: "Honey, am I a good travel companion? Did you enjoy this trip with me?" I asked him specifically about this trip, because even though we travel all the time, our trips are usually four to five day jaunts, not ones that last a month. He told me that I was a great travel companion and that he loved spending all this time with me. Well, that was nothing he hasn't said before. I wanted to know why he thought that.
His answer was one of the biggest compliments, in my eyes anyways, that he could have given me. He said, "Baby, you never complained about anything, even though I know there were some things that were not what you were used to. I love that you are flexible and easily adjust to situations, places, and things."
When he said that, it made me feel so good to know that he saw that about me. I think it would be really easy to get snooty about things if they didn't go your way, but really? What fun is that for anybody? The truth is, I'm living my dream. I'm traveling around the world speaking into people's lives and, hopefully, making an impact on those around me. I get to meet some of the greatest people and have fun communicating with them (mostly through charades...lol). And, as an added benefit, I get to see some great things and take some beautiful pictures, which is something I absolutely love doing. Most importantly, I get to do all that with the love of my life. What's there to complain about? Nothing, in my eyes.
I know that because I have chosen the path I have in traveling to different places in the world, that means I am going to have to be flexible, courteous at all times, and learn to appreciate the differences between different cultures and mine. It means I need to be kind to all people, respect their different cultures, lifestyles, and ways of life; always being considerate and careful not to offend their traditions. It means never taking advantage of another's hospitality and goodwill. It means trying the best I can to find good in every situation, every place, and in all things. It's always a nice surprise to have people respond to you kindly when they realize you're not just another "spoiled American."
I love life. I love people. I love helping people love life.