[su_heading]Present Your Best Image [/su_heading]
Every year we take a plane to Boston, a train to Hyannis and then a boat to Nantucket Island, but on this particular summer, we were going to miss the boat and so I hired a cab company to speed things up. This is how I met Redda, a wonderful North African cab driver with a very positive attitude who reminded me and the boys to always be present and to present our best image of ourselves.
[su_box title=”Living in the Moment”]Early one Sunday morning in Sayulita, Mexico I walked out my door in search of a local yoga class. As I left the tourist part of town and walked through the narrow streets of the back neighborhood, I absorbed the sounds of roosters crowing, dishes clanking and beautiful music, foreign to my ears, pouring out of the open windows where colorful pieces of cloth flowed in the warm, tropical breeze. I inhaled the breakfast smells of bacon and eggs frying, knowing that the food came from their backyard and that the pig was most likely butchered amongst the Bougainvillea and jasmine. I restrained myself from knocking on any door to ask, in my broken Spanish, if I could perhaps just sit quietly and watch the family enjoy their day of peace and holiness. I never did knock and I missed the class but isn’t travel all about the journey and not the destination? [/su_box]
That is what traveling is for most of us. The exposure to other people and cultures and the excitement and adventure of digging deep, reaching the heart of the town, meeting the locals, finding new lands or streets or food or crafts.
So why didn’t I dig deep while in New York City at the BlogHer conference? Why did I fly all the way there to meet other bloggers and make connections and then forget my mission as soon as the music began? Why did I escape to the Wii dance stage every chance I got to bust a move to their Just Dance 2 program? Why did I spend so much time alone? Why? Why?
What is wrong with me? How can I be so motivated one minute and sabotage my efforts the next. And now I am making up for it by reading every post on BlogHer and connecting with these people from my desk, online instead of offline, and I am finding incredible people that I know I would have loved immediately. I just didn’t find them when I was there, but clearly they found each other and the small few that I did connect with, why didn’t I open up to them and say, hey, I’m all alone, could I join you? It brings back horrible memories of my clamming up in college and never finding my niche, for four years. I guess I really am a one-on-one type of girl.
Present Your Best Image
So whatever you do and wherever you go, don’t let the shyness take over and always remember Reda’s words, “Be friendly. Present yourself in your best image of yourself all the time. Be positive and be the best you can be. Do your best and hopefully everybody will be thinking the same way.”