02/01/06 - the value of travel

In today's excerpt - the value of travel—and of taking risk—as expressed by Kent Nerburn in his reflective book Letters to My Son:

"... but more than that, because I have traveled I can see other universes in the eyes of strangers.  Because I have traveled, I know what parts of me I cannot deny and what parts of me are simply the choices I make.  I know the blessings of my own table and the warmth of my own bed.  I know how much of life is pure chance and how great a gift I have been given simply to be who I am ...

"If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull.  Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder.  Our eyes don't lift to the horizon; our ears don't hear the sounds around us.  The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting ..."


Kent Nerburn


Letters to my Son: A Father's Wisdom of Manhood, Life, and Love


New World Library


Copyright 1994 by Kent Nerburn


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