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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people.  Let your memory be your travel bag."


— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Russian Novelist
1918 - 2008

Here in America we are a nation of buyers.  Buying drives our economy and puts money in our pockets.  Money is circular by nature, always coming and going, saying hello and saying goodbye.  We have accumulated so many goods and products that we now have a reality TV show about the hoarders in our midst -- people who can't let go. 

And along comes Solzenitsyn who says to own only what you can carry.  Wow!  How many people are ready to live that lifestyle?  Travel light.  Worldly goods are of little value.  What is of value is the knowledge you gain and the memories that keep you warm on those cold winter nights.  What baggage are you carrying around that you need to let go of so you can travel lighter?