I have had the privilege to travel to many places. Over 40 countries on 5 continents that have proved to be quite the adventure of thrill and intrigue. I just love country views, do you?
What a blessing to see first hand so much of God’s beautiful creation that it makes me wonder how someone could deny His very existence.
The vast gorge and spurting geysers at Yellowstone to the height of Cuzco viewing Sacsayhuamán and traveling on to Machu Picchu to scaling the Eiffel Tower or simply basking in the sun crossing the straits of Gibraltar and riding off into the sunset in Tangier to taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the orient in Hong Kong both in city proper and rural trails around Victoria peak or Dragon’s tail to escape one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Glaciers in Alaska, children in Guatemala, rushing eaters of Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, man-made marvels and feats of human strength in many ancient ruins like the pyramids in Mexico, and the list can go on and on.
There is so much in this world to explore.
I think if South Africa did not have political power struggles in the past it might be the most visited place in the world. It certainly rivals in beauty with Hawaii or the Amalfi coast. Other beach like encounters atypical are the pink sands of Bermuda or Mediterranean stone beaches.
Riding a camel through the Sahara or horseback through Tunisia are up high in my memory bank along with seeing undestroyed cities in Europe that make you feel as if you stepped back in time.
I still have 2 continents and 2 of the United States to see, but even if I never travel again; the memories in my mind’s eye truly will last a lifetime and most travel I was blessed with because of work.
If you can no longer travel or can’t afford to, travel through a book or movie. If you don’t know something about a place or hear about a happening in a country you don’t know much about, look up some information on it.
No longer are trips needed to be made to go use the Dewey decimal at the library. That dates me! How many of you out there is cyberland even know what that is or that Dewey really is the last name of the man who invented it?
I wonder if Melvil Dewey way back in 1876 knew all elementary kids going forward would know his name. The system is still used today often with the online version called WebDewey and guess what? I looked him up to learn more. Go do the same when you don’t know something. Back to country views…
Lately, most travel is in my mind with memories, so it has been exciting to see the different country views this blog has reached and it puts me over the moon. They have come from 5 continents representing 30 countries in just 6 months! I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months bring as I diligently post each day of the year. Thank you to all the 1k plus who have visited. I hope you all stick around. Hard to believe I have diligently and painstakingly reviewed the 82+k words that have already been posted. I pray each and every word has blessed you. It is so exciting to see the stars and country views. I look forward to what is to come. Hopefully views from every nation and continent.
What excites you?
What do you want to see or do?
Make a list of what you might even think the impossible and start moving towards them today.
I have always loved to write even started a blog at several points over the last decade plus. But, here I am finally living it out daily!
Make your mark on the world.
Perhaps, visiting countries or seeing the views from different ones does not excite you. That’s ok. We are all unique and different.
God has wired us each for our own purposes to live out to bring Him honor and glory. I mostly use writing, but also art, teaching, and counseling are ways I daily live out my calling.
How about you?
What do you feel your mission is while you are here on earth? I would love to hear. Please comment below.
Go back and look at your bucket list from above (you did write one, right???). Now, start connecting the dots of desires to your purpose and your joy in the Lord and thrill of living out your calling with purpose and clarity will put you over the moon too!
Perhaps those country views may literally end up taking you to the country.
It doesn’t matter the where as much as the why.
Live out the why and you will…
And remember, God is in control and has the master plan; you and I both just need to listen and heed to His calling in our lives.
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:10-11 MSG
Just for fun, enjoy some beautiful sites and see if you can name the pictures below from the above mentioned places:
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