The view from Camel's Hump in Vermont.
In a couple of days I leave for Bali. This will come after some time spent in Philadelphia with family and a day in Los Angeles with a friend. (The fun never stops!) I will leave you with this anecdote from today...
I found a quarter on the side of the road this morning while I was running. Anyone that knows me knows that I stopped and picked it up. I would have stopped and picked up a penny. I like to call it "pure profit." There I was, just jogging along, and the Universe offered me money for nothing. Never mind its small amount, that is not the point. I think we all know that pennies add up. My husband used to make fun of me for "pure profit" but now he plays the game too. Once, when he was in boot camp, he found $2 in change while sweeping the barracks. Do you know what he did? Shamelessly, he picked it up and bought a Gatorade with it. Gifts from the Universe are everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes and ears peeled my little bananas.
As I picked up the quarter and jogged on I thought about finding money on the side of the road. I thought, "that would never happen in Germany." For starters, there isn't much trash and debris on the roadside. Secondly, I feel like Germans value money more than Americans and if they dropped coins they would pick them up. I've been doing this a lot. Not a day goes by that I don't hear myself say, "We don't have this in Germany" or "In Germany we do it like this" or "Germans say." It probably annoys whomever I'm with, but I'm just excited to share what I'm learning about a new way of life. When I first moved to Germany I did the opposite. I was always comparing Germany to America. Now, I'm in America comparing it to Germany. Isn't that typical? As a human it is so hard to be one place without thinking about another.