by Wendy Strgar July 03, 2007
I have been traveling in parts of the world where I cannot even say “how do you say ….” I barely have the basics of hello and goodbye down. And yet as I move through the daily activities of life, shopping at a market, sitting on the coastline in a crowd of people, standing on line to shower or wait for the bathroom. the scenes I witness between parents and children, lovers – old and young are more similar than they are different.
When I first arrived, I wondered what life would feel like, at home here. But the longer I stay the more I realize that it probably feels just the same as my own. People doing the work of living in the midst of relationships that define the hours that all the work takes. There is more neighborly chatting in these narrow streets than where I live, but neighbors are neighbors I suspect anywhere.
It feels like a gift to have this recognition again, in a way that sinks into my daily activities- we are all on a similar path herein this world so large, we all want mostly the same things out of our life, no matter what the language or food preferences. While I am taken by the narrow alleys of the medieval cities and the vistas of the coastlines, what is most memorable here is the relationships that I have the privilege to witness. And even more, the ones that I have been given to strengthen and support on this life journey. Please don’t think this is a continuous vacation. Traveling en famille has always been a challenge. But truly, in a world so large, it is the smallest of encounters that count.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.