I’m a motivational speaker which means I travel – a lot. So when I was asked to speak for a company in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, my first response was, “Yay! And I’ll get my husband an airline award ticket so he can join me and we’ll take a side trip to Paris! Yippee! Hooray!”
And that’s just what we did. And it was marvelous, phenomenal, AMAZING! We LOVED experiencing the different cultures, the amazing food (my body vaguely resembles the shape of an eclair now), and the stunning buildings and wonderful people. I learned so much while I was there and will share some of those lessons in later blogs. But right now I want to share the MOST important thing I walked away with from this trip. And forgive me ’cause I’m going to do a little all capital letter shouting here…
WE HAVE IT SO FLIPPIN’ GOOD HERE IN THE USA!!! We do! We have fabulous roads and big clean bathrooms everywhere, and happy people, and smiling customer service people, and stores with HUGE selections, and opportunities GALORE!!!
Yes, yes, we have a struggling economy and people still needs jobs and 401Ks are shrinking as we speak, but please listen to me here: WE ARE VERY, VERY, VERY BLESSED to be living in this country! We sometimes forget that and we focus on all the stuff we don’t have – and we get cranky. And, yes, I’m speaking to myself here. I forget. I just forget. And sometimes all I need is an experience like traveling abroad to give me a shift in perspective. Well, I got it during this trip.
So as we approach our nation’s big birthday celebration in a week or so, I hope you join me as I take the time to REALLY think about blessed we all are to be living in the United States of America . Think about it and give great thanks.
I have to go now. I’m going to go stand in my shower. Not to bathe, you understand – but just stand there fully clothed and marvel at how spacious and pretty it is.
From your grateful American motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, home at last