Thursday, November 18, 2010

out and about

(left) the coast of Morocco

(right) in Dakar, Senegal with 2 friends

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I got to lead my first Al Anon meeting last night; I brought up the topic of Attitudes. I shared honestly about my domestic problems and others shared too. I thought it went pretty well.

that my friend, Scott W. (Attitude of Gratitude) celebrates 7 years of sobriety today. Drop by and give him a kiss.

for the decade of foreign travel and living that was bestowed upon me. I got to spend 4+ months in over 20 countries and had the opportunity of becoming part of the culture of many African nations along with European and South American places.
These experiences have undoubtedly shaped my thinking forever.

that I live in Houston, Texas and have no desire to live anywhere else.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain


Syd said...

Attitudes is a good topic. I think that keeping an optimistic but realistic attitude helps me. Your journeys through those countries must have been fascinating.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Awesome! You must have some really awesome memories and experiences from the travel!

Mary Christine said...

You have the most amazing story.

Scott said...

all I know about attitude is that the better mine is, the better things seem to go!

PJ said...

I love the quote by Mark Twain. How VERY true, and RARE for a man living in the times he did. I think it is evident in his story telling, too. I remember reading Huckleberry Finn and relating to Jim as a PERSON who had a deisre to live and be, not just a character in a story. I know it's become quite controversial in our age, but given the era in which Twain lived and wrote, I still find his portrayal of Jim deeply empathetic and moving. Thanks for the reminder about our Attitudes. "Fake it until you make it" works. Act as if, and the feelings catch up. Good post.

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