Monday, January 11, 2016

What I've Learned Planning a Trip...

I'm planning a trip to Ireland this summer.

While it's a relatively small place (coming from where I live), there's a remarkable lot to see.  So I began by asking my tribe, many of whom have been to Ireland before, what they thought I shouldn't miss.

And then began planning the trip around those things.

At the same time, I was slowly making my way through a guidebook -- circling the things I wanted to see, ignoring the things that I didn't care about so much.

I began to realize that the things I was planning my trip around...  they weren't necessarily the things that were most important to me. --  They were the things that were most important to other people...

Wouldn't it make more sense to plan our long hoped-for trip around the things that stirred me?

So I began again... but this time concentrating on the things that I wanted to see...

Maybe that happens a lot. Maybe we plan our hours and days and months around the things that others want us to do...  and somewhere in there, the things that we want get lost.

Maybe it's time we found them.

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