virgin islands scene

All man's gains are fruit of venturing.
-- Herodotus


Monday, September 27, 1999

A tourist in your own life

Tourists usually experience life at their destination with a sense of urgency. They know their time there is limited and so they want to make as much of the visit as possible. Tourists often appreciate a place even more than the people who live there.

If you have four days to see the sights, you can get around to quite a few of them. If you live there and you can see them anytime you want, somehow you rarely find the time.

Consider what it would be like to visit your own life as a tourist. What things would you make sure to do? What things would you stop taking for granted? How much more deeply would you appreciate the good things around you? How much more would you take advantage of the possibilities available to you if you knew you had to leave them behind in a few days?

Look at your life through the eyes of a tourist and you’ll find much that is special indeed.

— Ralph Marston

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