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I am sitting in my hotel room in Singapore realizing how long it has been since I’ve traveled internationally. It’s been so long that I forgot how wonderful travel can be. For a while now, travel has meant packing, going to the airport, dealing with more and more tedious security procedures, getting on a plane, going to a hotel, going to a conference room, finishing work and going back home (repeating the tedious security procedures) and unpacking. It’s gotten to the point that I have not only no longer been looking forward to traveling but have been viewing it as a stressful process.

This month, I had two trips back-to-back. Last week, I attended then Power of Words Conference in Vermont and had only a few days home before I had to start the process all over again to go to Singapore where I am co-facilitating a workshop at the NTL Institute’s Festival of Learning. So for the last few weeks I have been viewing this time with a bit of trepidation; feeling anxiety about packing and flight schedules and being away.

Then it dawned on me: I am going to be traveling halfway around the world! To a country I’ve never been to before! And at that moment, I realized that I had forgotten to be in a state of wonder. I remembered how wonderful it felt like to go to a different country and take in the different sights, sounds and smells. Instead of viewing the trip with anxiety, I could view it with wonder and excitement.

After more than 14 hours in the air flying from JFK to Hong Kong, I arrived in Hong Kong. As soon as I stepped onto the jetway, I could feel the difference in the air – it was humid and had a tropical smell to it. The smell brought back memories of the smell of summer in Japan, the sound of waves in the Virgin Islands. I realized that I am on an adventure. My friend and colleague, Yvette Hyater-Adams, and I are going to be facilitating a workshop on creativity and leadership with participants from Singapore, India and China. We are going to be having an awesome learning experience. Our workshop starts Monday and I am looking forward to it with excitement, anticipation and smiles.

When is the last time you had a sense of wonder in your life? `