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1 Year, 5 Countries, A Lot of Living

Just over a year ago my family moved to Sicily. Since the spring of 2017, we have spent time in five different countries – a few we went back to again and again…and again. We left America and settled in our temporary, new home. After that, we fell in love with Germany. It was so beautiful in the summer that we decided to go back and see it transformed in the winter. Every morning we looked up at Zugspitze, the mountain that has the highest elevation in Germany. It was majestic during both seasons.

Zugspite in the winter

Zugspite in the winter

 

summer mountain

Zugspite in the summer

 

 

We visited Austria and saw the town that brought “Sound of Music” to life, Salzburg.

Salzburg

Residenzplatz in Salzburg, Austria

 

 

Windmills in Zaanse Schans, Ntherlands

Dutch town of Zaandam, near Amsterdam

 

On the next trip, we went to Netherlands and saw how they make wooden shoes. We had our breath taken away by watching windmills turn along the waterfront and saw tulip fields just starting to bloom.

 

 

 

 

Flower Fields in Keukenhof

Flower Fields in Keukenhof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our children are enrolled in an American high school here. We, as a family, have flown on more planes this year than we had in many years combined back in America. A three hour plane ride here can take us above several countries. We’ve learned the skill of backpacking. We board a plane with only one backpack each. There is little we need besides comfortable walking shoes and layers of clothes that help us adjust to the fluctuating temperatures.

There have been challenges along the way, of course. My children were at a school with about 1,600 students before they moved. The school here, 6th-12th grade, has under 200. Having prosopagnosia created a feeling of isolation when we moved into our community. It’s hard to get new friends to understand why I reintroduce myself over and over and over again. My tremors are worse and my eyesight is no better.

Yet, even with these challenges, I would not give up this experience of living abroad for anything. We are seeing the world. We are meeting new people and learning new things.

 

To the friends I met in Germany, “Hallo, wie geht es dir”. One of my children always helps us learn new phrases to say hello when we visit a new country. After all, we are in their country. Some speak English, some do not.

To the wonderful people of Netherlands: Thank you for spending so much time with the tulip fields in Keukenhof. It is no easy task to plant seven million tulip bulbs!

To the people of Italy and my new friends in Sicily, “Grazie mile for making me feel at home.”

Mt. Etna

A view of Mt. Etna from near our house – Sicily, Italy

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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Stepping Stones)

Stepping Stone Stumbling Block quote

This picture is of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus in Agrigento, Sicily. Can you imagine the obstacles they faced building temples around 600 BC?

 

“Your initial idea may or may not work, but you have to remember that a failed idea is nothing but a stepping stone to a bigger success.”   Naveen Jain

 

 

“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.” Enid Blyton, Mr. Galliano’s Circus

 

 

“Failure is not the end of the road, it’s a stepping stone to do better!”   Hopal Green

 

 

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”   Dale Carnegie

 

 

“Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.”   Susan L. Taylor

 

Stumbling Sone Setback Quote, Robin Sharma

 

Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Change the World)

change

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”    Harriet Tubman

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”    Robin Williams

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”    Margaret Mead

 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”    Mother Teresa

 

“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.”    Jack Ma

 

 

“If your eyes were open to all the beauty in the world,

you would be overwhelmed with joy.”   

Marianne Williamson

 After the Storm

 

Who Are You?

So, please, tell me about yourself. Don’t think about it. Don’t formulate a long, trying-to-impress, response. What is your reaction to that answer which immediately pops into your head?

 

I was asked this question several years ago by a participant in one of my presentations. But then he also added, “How has this answer changed since your brain injury?” It made me think about it for the first time. How do I define myself? What was I like compared to the years before I had my stroke?

 

We evolve. It is logical. We will always evolve. That is life. But who are you today? What is it –what passion, what occupation, what hobby – what is it that defines who you are?

 

 

Is the answer to this questioning what you what it to be? If not, how can you grow into the person you foresee in your future? Defining who we are will certainly evolve over time. Sometimes we will lose the titles we have once bestowed upon ourselves. Press forward, work toward fulfilling your dreams. You have the power to create the person you dream of telling others about.

 

 

“I may not have gone where I intended to go,

but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”   

-Douglas Adams

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