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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

After a long break from travelpod, I'm back here to write my last entry for this journal. I have hundreds of people to thank--you know who you are. If you don't know: "thank you." Of course, most of the people I have to thank don't even know English as a first language or English at all, but my intention comes out in a language known to all.

Thank you.

Thank you for picking me up from the side of the street and giving me a ride. Thank you for inviting me to stay at your home even though it was after midnight on the streets. Thank you for pointing the way. Thank you for teaching me from your soul, about yourself, about your land. Thank you for visiting me and traveling with me. Thank you for eating dinner with me and traveling the slow train with me and laughing and smiling and playing. Thank you for staying with me and providing encouragement. Thank you for fixing something, whether small or big. Thank you for your small gifts of love. Thank you for your faith. Thank you for your freedom and your freedom to give. Thank you for teaching me the tough lessons, too.

Thank you.

Thinking back, I've learned a few things such as:

Setting yourself on fire with gasoline is potentially dangerous...stop, drop, and pull your pants down.

Eating Tibetan food in the countryside can lead to a case of the worms, but so what.

If you aren't careful in India, you could electrocute yourself.

Laundering your passport is a waste of time.

These things will help me in life from here on out, unless a truck runs me over tomorrow.

So unless that truck runs me over tomorrow, it looks like I'll be volunteering for Obama's campaign in Virginia until election day. In this little world of ours, I feel we need positive voices instead of negative ones based on fear, so I'll begin with getting the positive person into office, doing my small part in the Shenendoah Valley. The people of the world have also spoken and indeed it is time for a change in the way we do business and live our lives.

Politics is just a part of the whole picture.

A whole mind change is...

So, yes, now I have a valid driver's license, the signs are all in English for a change, and the televisions I happen to see are spouting nonsense as usual. Slowly, I will catch up with friends and family...this will take time, so please be patient and give a shout if you want.

One last thank you: to you, for reading this and looking at the pictures. For me this was all a labor of love and I hope you were able to get something out of it, whatever that may be.

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laurenwithers on

Welcome home!
I was thinking of you today as I was walking a trail in Aquinnah. When I got home, there you were on my e-mail. I'm glad you're home, we need you here. Thanks for having, being, and spreading HOPE! I hope we can catch up soon.
Love, Lauren

wakingdream on

I read this
with a little sinking feeling in my heart that I won't have your entries to read anymore. They are some of my very favorites. Glad you made it home safe and sound. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful journey.


mountainwoman on

Welcome my friend!
It's like a dream! I've just woken up and you are here! Welcome home my friend. You're re-entry may be something like Jim's friend who walked the entire Appalachian Trail. When he returned to civilization he didn't want to be around people for long stretches and he felt like he'd changed so much and they'd changed so little. It's a process. You have brought the world together in your travels. Thank YOU for that. We (Jim, Elijah and I), of course, are VERYYYYY excited to see you - whenever that may be. We had our first musical potluck last month for the first time in a looooonnnng time. I do hope you'll be at one (or many) of the next ones.
With love, peace, and gratitude to the universe that you are safe and healthy.
Love, Deb

sorrel2 on

thank you
i feel as if i've traveled with you--you--making great change--the kind that your soul may never catch up to--me--making small change--the kind that the body delivers and the mind must accept.

i agree with mountainwoman--your re-entry into what was once comfortable may be like stuffing a sleeping bag into a ziploc sandwich bag.

or maybe not.

because your heart seems so malleable my friend--and love always finds a way.

just know that my door is always open--wherever i am. i would relish the opportunity for you to meet my new son, jack. i could only hope that he will embrace the world with the same wonder and abandon as you have done.

i wait for your book to be published. and, i'll speak for all of your 'readers'--when i say--we will line up patiently and with smiles on our faces for our autographed copies.

thank you--for the adventure--the wisdom--the uncovering of maybe what was with you all along. thank you for helping me see the world--your corner as well as mine--and to find the best part and still find hope when faced with dispair.

scottwoz on

What an epic..
Truly the stuff of bookshelves Lloyd, you're one of the rare few who truly gets the most out of the moment, and more importantly gets what it's all about. I raise my glass to you brother,


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