Thich Nhat Hanh, I swear I’m trying.
To put my last post into positive perspective (something I generally need to get better at doing), my main objective in traveling abroad is really to achieve a sustained sense of peace within. I am seeking freedom (+, yay!) from the enslavement (-, booo) of my relentless thought processes, which can only be found if I learn to truly appreciate the beauty and perfection of the present moment.
I hope and wish to find this mindfulness in the journey that lies ahead for me.
Perhaps I’ll find it in the sleeping pill that better knock me out for my nine-hour flight to Tokyo tomorrow morning. I hate long flights.
Then a four-hour layover in Tokyo Narita, and another three-hour flight to Naha, before arriving to the arms (although, I don’t think they do a lot of hugging in the culture) of my contracting organization!
I must admit to how scary this is. But I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.
Before I go, however, I must pay tribute to Hawaii. You, my home, are amazing. In my lowest points, I must remember to envision all the beautiful things I’ve seen in you this vacation. You hold the promise of bringing even the most temporary moment of peace to my weathered heart. I will miss you.
It is done. Now onto that country where I know not a word. Except… sayonara!