On this special morning, I finished a book called "Travel As Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity". It's a little preachy and sometimes the message gets lost in the wordiness, but there are definitely paragraphs I highlighted for later reference on my Kindle.
When I finished the book, I went back and looked at all my "Clippings". The Kindle provides me the ability to highlight sentences, paragraphs, pages, etc. and they are then saved to my "Clippings". There were common themes in what I had highlighted over the years.
- Travel as a tool for education and enlightenment
- Embracing nature in various forms as a way to recharge, de-stress, and block out distractions for personal introspection, relaxation, and joy
- The trappings of traditional living and why it can be so hard to step out of that comfort zone
- Having the courage to walk through fear to make changes in our lives and follow our dreams
- Having a rich life by living better and happier
- Financial freedom by being debt free and embracing the concept of balance and the law of diminishing returns with respect to happiness and financial wealth (there is a tipping point when happiness starts decreasing at certain levels of financial achievement)
- The power of positive thinking combined with hard work and balance to achieve fulfillment and happiness
As we have said many, many times, the underlying concept of RV-Dreams isn't about RVing at all. Sure, we're advocates for full-time RVing as an option to possibly follow your dreams, find a deeper happiness, and perhaps even achieve some personal growth, but if we get our audience thinking about those things, even if RVing is never a part of their lives, we have accomplished something.
So, at this time of year when hearts are open and family and relationships are of increased significance, we wish you the utmost happiness this holiday season.
Howard & Linda