The world is terrorized by terrorism. I know this because it consumes a large part of conversations, the news, and my facebook feed. We got to witness it in a Western country first-hand on our recent trip to London where we and our bags got strip-searched no less than four times one way. There’s an air of frantic clampdown in the international airways and world at-large, and understandably so.
The hard times can really shock us awake. I know Ghana has shocked the pants off Chris and I. Spending a week in London was more evidence of that. Without even thinking we paused, and deeply exhaled “ahh, this is wonderful” in that hot shower. Our faces lit up when we saw a bathroom with a toilet. We just wished we could stop time with our family. These are gifts from things we have seen, done, and been through the past 17 months. We wouldn’t have necessarily chosen them all, but they happened. Through the tears, failures, and let-downs priceless perspectives emerged.
I hope this deep sense of wonder over the little (and big) things lasts for us forever. In a similar way, I hope everyone can experience this as well. When you go through hard times or experience loss, you never look at life the same. Maybe instead of letting the terrorists force us to live in fear, we will instead and in-spite of them, choose to live in the daily wonder that life is. We will offer up a silent “thank you” every time the whole family is safe and together, when stomachs are satisfied with delicious food, or when we get move about in a such a beautiful, free nation. xo
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places
those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.