John T. Willis

Saturday, January 09, 2010


In this world, it is imperative that all of us strive to travel as much as we can as far as we can. Travel exposes us to peoples from difference colors, cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, the works. We need this badly. We tend to be very "cooped up" in our little world. I INSIST that all of my students travel, travel, travel. And do not limit your travels to your own "cooped up" family. Your family is wonderful and important, but if you are in other places and countries with your family, you are still "cooped up," just in another geographical place. Expose yourself to REAL OTHER people ON YOUR OWN. Then, you will grow and expand and become a new person. God will transform YOU in this way.

The July 2009 Reader's Digest contains several "quotes" on page 161 about traveling. These quotes represent different perspectives. But they are intriguing and challenging and transforming. Here they are:

Al Gore: Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.

John Steinbeck: A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

James Michener: If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

J. R. R. Tolkien: Not all those who wander are lost.

Susan Heller: When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

George Winters: If God had intended men to fly, he's make it easier to get to the airport.

Yogi Berra: When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Mark Twain: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Susan Sontag: I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

Henry Boye: The most important trip you make take in life is meeting people halfway.

Mary Astor: It's not good to make sentimental journeys. You see the differences instead of the sameness.

Wolfgang Puck: An airplane is a great place to diet.

Charles Kuralt: Thanks to the interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the coutnry from coast to coast without seeing anything.

What is YOUR traveling experience? Share this with others. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis