The Sun Radiates & Shines

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Friday, December 2, 2011

The Sun Radiates and Shines and Expects Nothing in Return
A radio commentator was eulogizing someone and reported that they had tried to live their life according to this saying "the sun radiates and shines and expects nothing in return". When I heard it, I immediately committed it to memory as I was in the car driving and as soon as I could I wrote it down on my memo pad.  I resonated to it at the time and over the years have learned that there are many nuances and layers to living one's life with this as a guiding principle. 

I feel so grateful when I meet someone whose actions are living examples.  On one of the responses to my TripAdvisor questions, a poster suggested that I could message her for more details.  Little did I know that I had found a very special human being.   Ruth shared her experience living as an expat at The Hague and clued me into cultural tips and such things as how to dress for the winter rain & winds,  public transportation, walking tours, language questions and detailed suggestions for The Hague and Delft day trip.

She was so patient, helpful and detailed in her responses that she presented a layer of knowledge and experience that was impossible to receive in a guidebook.  I am so appreciative of her time and advice.   Connecting and helping one another, offering help and guidance, without expecting anything in return, is very special.  All I can say is “thank you” to this very special person.

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