There are some really wonderful things about moving often and living overseas. My surroundings constantly change. The strange and different has become my normal. And that's a bit of a danger. We've lived overseas now for 9 years. We're so far out of our comfort zone, that our comfort zone has now inverted itself. Now we feel like a fish out of water in the US, in our home towns, and we feel comfortable in foreign countries! The biggest problem with that, is that everything becomes 'normal', and I stop looking around with the wide-eyed wonder that should accompany life, and instead I walk around with my eyes half-closed trying to prove that I'm NOT a tourist!
Well, honestly, no matter how hard I try, I LOOK like I could be a tourist. Plus, what's wrong with that? The earth is a beautiful place! No matter where we live, we can see spectacular things all around us! So why not enjoy it?? When we have small children, they are interested in EVERYTHING. It's SO much fun to show a pretty flower or butterfly to a child that is full of wonder. It's SO much fun to take family and friends on tours of the countries we live in, and watch their jaws drop at some of the sights, or to enjoy the look of wonder as they soak in the sites that they only dreamed they'd be able to see!! I LOVE that! So, why shouldn't I try to be like that on a more regular basis? I live in countries where people sometimes save up their entire lives to be able to visit--I should just be a tourist sometimes!
This is now my new goal: To be a tourist. Look for the beautiful things that are part of the culture I live in. Find those hidden gems that are just waiting for me to discover. Open my eyes wide and look at the world through the eyes of wonder. It IS a wonderful world! It is full of beauty, culture, and incredible feats both of man and God. These things need to be seen and enjoyed. God created this earth for us full of beauty to fill our souls with joy and to show us how much He loves us!
I hope you enjoy tourist week #1! Some are beautiful creations of people, some of beautiful nature; some show the culture, some are funny, some are somber, but all of these things gave my soul joy this week!