My cab driver looked at me with his beautifully weathered cherubic face, “Today is a good day! You know the only thing in life that is free is a smile? I want to stamp everyone’s passport with a smile! Life is too short not to be happy!” he continued on “you are so bright and beautiful and New Zealand needs bright and beautiful people!” I resisted the urge to look besides me for someone else in the cab, surely he couldn’t be talking about me. It was 8am and I hadn’t had my coffee, two things that do not equal a “bright” Jo’el. His effervescent enthusiasm for life took me by surprise. An ordinary day, an ordinary city, the most ordinary job, but his radiant happiness was anything but ordinary. What does it mean to be extra-ordindary? We seek, we travel, we search for the amazing in life, but what if we acted like everyday was a gift? To see the extra-ordinary in daily life is a beautiful skill, one that should be actively cultivated.
Staying in one spot for the last three weeks has taught me that to be amazed all I need to do is open my eyes. Open my eyes to everything around me and the windows of my heart will be flung open.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson