Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TP Thursday: The Joy of Travel


“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.


The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?'
The second was, 'Did you find joy?' "


                                               -- Leo Buscaglia, author and educator


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Day breaks in Scottsdale, Arizona. The stillness is broken when a donkey's brays, ring out like laughter, announcing the new day.

 
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Day’s end in Roussillone, France: Our sunset feast, a baguette, cheese, a bottle of wine.


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Early morning in Amsterdam when the streets were empty and the only sound was the canal boat's engine.

“Joy – the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune 
or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”

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A late night departure from Barcelona, Spain ~ our ship passes a freighter that looks as festive as a carousel.
Joy's Synonyms ~ happiness, gladness, delight, pleasure

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Morning in Paros, Greece after the day's catch has been unloaded, time to reload the nets.

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Nightfall –  Mascota, Mexico.

I like the concept of 'continuing the journey in the afterlife'; it's particularly comforting to those who embrace travel as a passion. As we look back on our journeys. . . Did we find joy? Most certainly.  Did we bring joy? We hope so. How would you answer those questions?

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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful post and picture selections. We definitely find joy everywhere we travel. Kids have a way of finding joy in the most common and mundane things. Unfortunately, we haven't practiced bringing joy as much. One of these days, we'd love to do a volunteer trip to bring joy to other children.

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    1. We once hosted a party at our then-Mexico home for some 30 children who lived at Casa Hogar, the orphanage in Puerto Vallarta. It was such an amazing experience. . .as you said they loved, the simpliest of things: rocks, the garden hose. . .it was pure joy for everyone.

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  2. A lovely post Jackie. I love seeing the happiness and joy on childrens' faces in the remote towns and villages of India and Africa when you spend time with them, take photos and chat to them. I'm comforted by the fact that I may be able to keep travelling in the after life. I never want to stop travelling!

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    1. It is comforting to think of new ventures even beyond the beyond, isn't it? Thanks for visiting, Jenny.

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  3. Evocative post - and great images to go with it. Something to think about this...

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I do hope to keep those questions in mind on future travels as I am experiencing them and to make notes in my travel journal about the 'joys' of travel.

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  4. Nice nice nice! Love the canal picture, it's so serene! And your post has given me an idea of a similar post to write for next week's TPT :D

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    1. I love getting ideas from everyone's posts on TPThursday so I'm glad I've contributed an idea as well! Look forward to seeing your post next week.

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  5. I think it is always to find easier to joy while traveling, but equally as important to try and find it in daily life. Something to strive for :) Your evening fiest of baguette, cheese, and wine in that setting looks like pure joy :)

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    1. Sabrina you are absolutely right, I couldn't agree more. I've decided to do a 'joy check' every now and again even when at home sitting at the computer!

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  6. I love how you included early morning and evening pictures! Great idea for a very enjoyable and thought provoking post.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. It seems my favorite 'think times' when we travel are early morning and evening - a perfect time to think about the joys ahead and the joys experienced.

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  7. I would hope I bring joy.
    These views certainly brought me joy. A lovely review, Jackie. Loved this.

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  8. I like the question about bringing joy to others. we certainly need to stop and do that sometimes because travel can easily become a selfish pleasure.

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    1. That is the real question isn't it? I sometimes wonder how we do come across to those whose cities and countries we visit? Hopefully, full of joy.

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  9. I love those questions. I am going to start posing those questions to my kids as we travel.

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  10. What a sweet post - I love how you captured each morning and evening so eloquently.

    Thank you for linking up this week!

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  11. Love being a part of your Friday Daydreamin' . . .can't think of a better way to end the week!

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  12. Lovely photos. I like the one of Amsterdam the best. Those joyful moments are everywhere when we begin to look for them.

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    1. You're right and sometimes I need to remind myself of that!

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  13. Love this Jackie, and your photos are awesome. I may borrow your idea for a future post over at BTS :)

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