This is me in Thailand in #1996 . For me, seeing the world was more educational than all my years of school. And I never learned more about myself than when I was in an unfamiliar place, didn't speak the language, and I had to get around. Think about it. I had to exchange money, find a place to stay, food to eat, and make my way around to see the sights I wanted to visit. I had to communicate with local people. I met travelers from all over the world at the guest-houses where we stayed.
I learned #thingsthatcouldneverbetaughtinschool .
I am not saying that one should or should not #travel . But today I woke up thinking about how disconnected we can be, in modern society, from one another. Many of us live amidst such diversity that we actually don't have to go far from our home to find people of other cultures, ethnicities, and upbringings. We just need to talk to them.
When you #talktopeople – from the hill tribes in Thailand, the cafes in Paris, the vendors in India, or the rainforests of Peru – you find there are more similarities than differences. You find that the world is mostly filled with good people who love their family and want the best for themselves and their children. The world does not have to be such a scary place. All people really just want to be happy. And we all want connection.
It does not take a lot of effort to #connect with people in your daily life. You just have to do it. Smile to the person you pass on the way to work and say good morning. Say hello to your neighbors and let them know you're there if they need anything. Ask the clerk at the grocery store how their day is going. Come to yoga class a few minutes earlier and get to know your community. These are a few easy ways to start. And for those of you in San Francisco, the first Thursday of every month, after my class (6:15-7:45pm)in #HayesValley we will gather down the street to listen to music, chat, and have a bite to eat together.
#tbt #Thailand #createcommunity #buildpeace