I spent 30 days in Thailand. It opened my eyes and my heart. The Thais are a lovely people and have a gentle joy of living. And from what I’ve seen, it brings those qualities out in travelers.
1. There are an infinite (huge anyway) number of interesting people to meet who can contribute to you.
Acknowledge strangers with a smile or at least your eyes. You’ll be amazed who is out there to gift you with all sorts of awarenesses if you open to them.
One way is to simply ask for directions. Many people love to help travelers new to their town. It gives us an excuse to connect on a very simple yet heart warming way.
You just have to put yourself in places where you can meet them. Generally the more spontaneously you travel, the more interesting the people you meet and the less you’re insulated from life around you.
2. Raw and edgy places wake you up and get your creative juices flowing…
Asia is raw and edgy. A little dirt and funky surroundings conditions ( to a point) far preferable to sterile and stale surroundings. As Joseph Campbell put it… “People are looking to feel more alive.” And isn’t feeling more alive more important than having everything totally tidy and spotlessly clean?
3. Life Can Be Fresh Everyday
Yes, I know that sounds hackneyed and trite. But it’s true. And like many over used sayings that have a core of truth in them, it’s something you have to live for yourself. This photo above is a bamboo bridge I came to every morning to watch the sun rise over the mountains for the two weeks I was in Pai, northern Thailand.
It was a nourishing way to greet the day and connect with the natural rhythms of nature.
Find your own way to let go of the mental constructs, projections and expectations that get in your way. They keep life from being fresh. Live each moment. Be like a healthy animal, shake off the past and be present in this moment.
4. Travel keeps you on your toes
Photo courtesy of Karen Montgomery
Have you ever watched a tennis player dancing around bouncing up and down and side to poised and ready to hit the ball to be served to her?
In a similar way travel teaches you to stay alert and anticipate challenges and possibilities coming your way. You have to know and be prepared for what’s required in each country and place you go to. And keep track of your valuable documents and belongings.
If you want to generate great things with your life and business, be physically present and ready to handle what’s coming.
5. Many other cultures could learn from the Thais how to live with more joy
Relaxed, open, friendly and non-grasping. Thais work hard, but from what I’ve seen, they have a healthy balanced view of enjoying life and connecting with others.
Your nature is joy. You just have to discover it. Traveling in Thailand is one way to see it more easily.
So these are my insights. I hope they enliven something in you… wake up some new sense of fresh possibilities for living your life.
What do you think? What life transforming insights has travel brought you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply.