I arrived in Nova Scotia today, along with 28 others that I am traveling with. We are 'family' for this eighteen days and have already quite enjoyed each other's company. Though Nova Scotia is the destination for this particular tour, there is so much more to see and much that has happened along the way, giving us joy for the journey.One of the highlights was not even on the itinerary. Here's a brief background:
The first thing you need to know is that it rained almost constantly the first three days of our tour. We drove through a variety of states but still encountered rain in each one of them. On the third day, we were in Niagra Falls on the Canadian side. The rain lightened up for our stop at the Falls, which was great. As we returned to the hotel, I heard a few of them talking about going back down there that evening to see the Falls lit up. I asked how many would be interested and many raised their hands, The bus driver was willing to take us back down so we set a time to meet after dinner. When that time rolled around, 25 of the 27 people were on board!
By the time we had strolled along the walkway in front of the Falls, we were all drenched. The kind of 'clothes-soaked-through' wet. Those who wore glasses could not see out of them and ALL of us looked like drowned rats. We looked at each other and laughed and laughed! When we got back on the bus I congratulated all of them for saying yes to life! They were willing to sacrifice an hour of rest for an up close view. They were willing to get a bit wet (or drenched) to experience it firsthand. In life and on tour, they show up! In exchange they receive great memories filled with laughter.
A wonderful side note is that as we loaded up the bus to come back to the hotel, on stepped the couple who had not driven down there with us. All of a sudden I had all of my 27 people and everyone was delighted to see them. To think that no one missed out on that time together brought me even more joy! We laughed about making memories together and one man chimed in… "You're right about that! My wife is never going to let me forget this!"
I encourage you not to miss the little things on your way to something big!
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