Live there, be there

(Travel)

If we live truly, we shall see truly” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life being what it is, I don’t think there is anything I can do to absolutely ensure I’ll get to visit a certain place. On top of that, I expect economic conditions to deteriorate dramatically over the next few years, and for many more of us to join the majority who don’t expect long-distance travel as of right. And okay, maybe that plays a little too conveniently into uncertainty about my own future.

There are two places I’d like to go, that I can be part of even if I never physically get there.

One is the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, the centre of the anthroposophical movement. The relationship between the Goetheanum and the members of the anthroposophical society is said to be very strong, and so Chris Guillebeau’s prompt spurred me last night to register for New Zealand’s Anthroposophical Society conference which is coming up, and also to prioritise staying in touch with local ‘Steiner’ initiatives.

Another ‘place’ I’d like to go to is a full Where Are Your Keys language-hunting workshop, which currently is most likely somewhere in North America. There aren’t many things I’ve been more passionate about than the culture of interaction this game represents. I can ‘live into’ this place by dusting off the experience of the game I already have, approaching the people who have expressed interest in playing the game, and starting to apply the techniques again. Even if I never ‘go’ anywhere, I’ll be engaging with the diversity of ‘worlds’ represented locally.

Once I start focusing my energies in this way, who knows where I’ll end up? In any case, I’ll be ‘living into’ a world more dynamic and engaging than the one I’d see if I were to succumb to a poverty mindset, as I easily could at this point.

If we live anthroposophy, we shall see anthroposophy.
If we live Where Are Your Keys, we shall see Where Are Your Keys.

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This piece is my response to the fifth prompt of the Trust30 Challenge:

If we live truly, we shall see truly. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

(Author: Chris Guillebeau)


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