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Life Posted by Tracey C. - July 8, 2010

Savoring the Journey

Savor the Journey

Perhaps the smallest thing you can leave in a country you visit is your footprint, and the biggest thing you can take with you is your memories. The common and most reliable way to preserve your memories is through photographs, words, and memorabilia. There’s nothing like indulging in pictures taken on a trip, allowing the visuals to transport you mentally and piece by piece a story with details you might have very well forgotten. What a better way to remember what you were feeling, questioning, expecting than reading something you wrote while on your trip, or penned as soon as you got back. Have you ever found a receipt, a pamphlet or a hotel pen in your stuff and thought “I’ve got to go back there!”?

Savoring the journey is not only limited to vacations or special events, but it can be applied to everyday life. How can you savor your journey daily?

UNPLUG

When was the last time you purposely turned everything off (including your phone) and sat in silence? Listened to your own breathing and realized how fast the thoughts in your brain zoom like a Google search engine? Consider spending at least 30 minutes at least once a week, sitting in your backyard, a park or any place that bring you solace and just taking in your surroundings- smell, sounds and images.

KEEP A RECORD

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and every picture has a story to tell. The story won’t tell itself though. Won’t you challenge yourself to pick a picture from your collection and write a paragraph about what comes to mind? It can be even a brainstorm exercise where you’re just jotting words or phrases as they come to you. Eventually, if you do this enough, you’ll have a personal scrapbook to share with friends and family. If you’re really disciplined, consider journaling consistently—writing is a great way to measure your personal maturity and growth.

SHARE YOUR STORY

You don’t have to be a master storyteller to inform, relate or inspire someone. You don’t have to be a world-traveler to be an expert on a location. You don’t have to be 25-year-old millionaire to known what it’s like to hustle. We all have distinct stories but we’re all connected by the yearning to be successful, accepted and loved by others. Wherever you’re at in life right now, just remember, you’re not the first one to be in that position and you won’t be the last. If you can keep someone from making your mistakes, guide them through anxiety-ridden decisions, or even just suggest a personal tip that makes your life a little easier daily- why don’t you help someone savor their journey today?

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