“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all make an impact, both in our daily lives and when traveling. I am not talking about a carbon footprint impact or some other environmental impact here. I am talking about the impact you make by being you.
Just by being ourselves, we affect the world around us. And we do something more than have an impact. We leave an imprint.
The kind of imprint we leave on the lives of others will be determined by what we carry in the treasure of our hearts. How do you know what you are carrying? Look at what you think about and seek out the most…Those you love? That which is beautiful? Uplifting? Joy-giving? Or do you find you are constantly preoccupied with concerns, restlessness, and strife? Or somewhere in between?
We must strive to find the beautiful and let it live within us. In doing so, we will carry it within us and it will become like an abundant treasure which will enrich our lives and the lives of others. And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Though we travel the world over to to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we find it not.”
In our lives and in our travels, we can make a beautiful impact. Even small ways make a big difference, such as giving someone a smile, a warm embrace, an encouraging word or an act of kindness. In doing so especially when we travel, we can defy the “ugly American” stereotype and leave a beautiful imprint on those whose lives and hearts we touch. Because whether we realize it or not, we do touch hearts and lives every day – just by being ourselves.
What kind of imprint do you want to make?