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Today, I’m flying to Greece where I’ll be for the next month. I’m doing some research for the best place for future Spiritual Counseling Training Intensives (the last one was such a success! Wow.). And in the travels, I’ll be in a couple of airports, on a plane and visiting places I’ve not been before. I used to get a bit freaked out when I traveled because I felt so vulnerable and not in control. Over the last few years with so much travel, I’ve shifted that.
Now, I think of travel as an opportunity to make more friends and share the beauty of practicing forgiveness and non-judgment. It’s a way for me to be truly helpful. I appreciate the opportunities travel gives me to demonstrate the efficacy of being kind and compassionate as well as the opportunity to make friends of strangers.
To humorist Will Rogers, strangers were simply friends he hadn’t met. Being able to be friendly as an attitude, as a way of life is a gift. It’s the gift I give others and it makes me available to receive the gift of appreciation and friendliness in return. If I want to have friends, I must be a friend first. There is no limit to the friends I can have! How cool is that? There is no ceiling on the possibilities and rewards my friendships can provide.
As I walk through the world, I notice that everyone, including me, needs friends. Without friendship there is little enjoyment. I carry my friendliness as a sign that I am open to new friends and that I am a safe place for people to be themselves.
Today, I view the new people I encounter as friends I haven’t yet met. Today, I make friendliness part of my daily practice of nonviolence. With every step I move the world in a direction of peace and for that I am so very grateful!
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