Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Our road trip encompasses that same motto.  Be true to yourself and know that the only limits to what you can accomplish are self-imposed.  A determined mind and heart can take you places you’ve never dreamed of.  Along our journey we’ve been privileged to meet many who are living that philosophy.  Christy & David who fulfilled a dream by buying a boat, and learning (yes, LEARNING) to sail AFTER they’d purchased it.  Then there’s Rex & Rita who are checking items off their bucket list and enjoying every step of the journey.  In every town we visit, we meet more people who are pursuing their dreams and the one common denominator is passion.

To be successful at anything, you must have a love for it that drives you.  While in California, during dinner at the beautiful ‘Californian’ restaurant in the Huntington Beach Hyatt Resort & Spa, we were unaware we were about to meet a young man who gave ‘dedication’ new meaning.  Our waiter, Thaddeus was a handsome young man with impeccable manners.  As he welcomed us enthusiastically, he listed the Chef’s specials and offered us a choice of wonderful wines.   We found ourselves very impressed with the knowledge he possessed about the different types and sincere interest he showed in our choice but that was only the beginning of how he would leave his indelible impression.   Interested in what we did, he asked questions about our trip, summarizing our conversation by telling us he’d decided we have the greatest job in the world.  Laughing, we all agreed.  When we told him how incredible we thought he was and asked how long he’d worked there, he surprised us all with the answer, “two weeks”.  What? We couldn’t believe it.  He’d recently transferred from another Hyatt in Northern Califormia but had only just completed his training at this one.  We were in awe.  His knowledge of everything from the wine to every tasty morsel we were served, was just incredible.  He impressed us even further by presenting us with a list of places we needed to visit in Ireland after we’d discussed our desire to go there.  It just so happened that a couple at another one of his tables was from Ireland, so he told them about us and got some recommendations.  Now THAT’S service!  Once again we complimented his service and he very humbly deflected it to the hotel’s great training and his other co-workers, telling us that it was a team effort.  We  couldn’t stop talking about him for days.  

He has what it takes to be great at anything you want to do. He has passion.  He took pride in doing his job to the absolute best of his abilities, no matter what it was.  He knows that’s how you leave your mark and he certainly left his mark on us.  We are confident that no matter what path this young man’s life takes, it will lead him to success and fulfillment.  That’s what our road trip is all about.  Find your fire; your passion and let it be the fuel that drives you, no matter what you do. Expanding our expectations and redefining  what’s possible have lead us to exciting new places and amazing people.  It’s a trip well worth taking.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

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