As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
- James Lane Allen
A traveler walked along a road from one village to another. He noticed a man tending to a garden by the sea.
The man smiled and waved, "Good day" to the traveler. The traveler turned and said, "Excuse me, I am travelling from a village in the mountains to this village by the sea. What is it like here?
"What was your experience of the village in the mountains?" the man asked the traveler.
"Dreadful," replied the traveler, "I am glad to be away from there. I found the people most unwelcoming. When I first arrived I was greeted coldly. I was never made to feel a part of the village no matter how hard I tried. The villagers don't like strangers. What can I expect in the village by the sea?"
"I am sorry to tell you but I think your experience will be much the same here," replied the man.
The traveler hung his head and walked on.
Later another visitor journeyed down the same road and came upon the man gardening.
"I'm going to the village by the sea," said the second visitor, "Do you know what it is like?"
"I do," replied the man "Tell me - from where have you come?"
"I've come from the village in the mountains."
"And how was that?" the man asked
"It was wonderful. I would have stayed but I am committed to travelling on. I felt like a member of the family in the village. The elders gave me much advice, the children laughed and joked with me. People were generally kind and generous. It will always hold special memories for me. What is the village by the sea like?" he asked again.
"I think you will find it much the same" replied the man, "Good day to you."
"Good day and thank you," the visitor replied, smiled, and journeyed on.
Consider how attitude affects your daily journey. Shake out feelings and thoughts to focus on what works in the environment of people and places.
Avoid providing room for negativity to flow into the mix. Believe goodness will prevail in all your travels.