A Blessing for the Traveler

Written by on April 1, 2012 in Families and Kids, Milestones - No comments
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Tomorrow my oldest friend will visit NYC from Williamsburg, Virginia.  We have “known” each other since before we were born–our mothers were friends during those “Mad Men” days of the early 1960s.  My friend Sara and her husband Paul, travel quite a lot, often to exotic places for business.  But I continue to admire the extent to which they make travel a priority as they rear their elementary school daughter.  This is a gift beyond measure, in my estimation.  As they make their way for their Easter Week trip, I share “A Blessing for a Traveler”

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you will find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of your heart
That lies low at home

About the Author

Life-Cycle Celebrant Sarah Ritchie respects all faiths. She has received diplomas from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, USA, where she now serves as a faculty member. Sarah wants to lead the way in creating a ceremony that reflects you, your love, and all the things that you hold most dear in the world. She lives in New York City, but brings along a hospitality that she attributes to her home, Oklahoma. In addition to this work that she adores, she devotes herself to a variety of charities on issues relating to education, children, health, and the arts.

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