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Ain’t no glamour on the road

Disney Keynote Speaker
On the flight from Kuwait to Dubai…posted to TEDxAUK Instagram.
High School Seniors
While i missed being there Saturday night as our Son and his friends had dinner at our home, i remain content for being at all the other dinners they’ve shared at our place. After dinner, they went to Universal Studios for Grad Night.
Emirates delayed bag form
i begged them not to confiscate the bead jar.
Florida homesite
Had the airport car service drop me off at neighborhood entrance and i walked home from there. Entering our back yard is an indescribably peaceful experience.

Ain’t no glamour on the road.

The effort required to make it back home from Kuwait was anything but joyful.

The world isn’t perfect, of course.

Sometimes, it’s not even excellent.

Then i remind myself that whatever is irritating me is only a first-world problem and i immediately return to a peaceful and grounded state of being.

Son, when you learn to recognize that your biggest “issues” are trivial compared to many people’s issues, you will find a peace and contentment that allows you to thrive.

Having an incurable disease is a huge lifetime challenge. The good news is you live in America with access to the best the medical world can offer.

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Shorts and a t-shirt

Jody Maberry and jeff noel
Ali and Jody were my biggest supporters before, during, and after the TED Talk.

Shorts and a t-shirt worn to the all-speaker AV check and venue tour at 9:45AM. It’s wonderful to travel light and not have to worry about dressing for success.

Earning a reputation that trumps what you wear feels like freedom and “arrival”.

Son, don’t fret how long it takes. Fret how good you feel with what’s needed to build your personal brand.

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Two writers, speakers, podcasters, and hikers

Jody Maberry podcaster in Kuwait
Jody Maberry writing early yesterday morning as we awaited Room Service breakfast and prepared for a 9:45AM hotel departure.

Two writers, speakers, podcasters, and hikers we are. Jody and me.

Both of us a long way from home.

Both of us convinced the only thing different with this culture and ours is the geography.

The prevailing American image of the Middle East is not favorable. Once you spend a few days and mix in with the people, you realize it’s inaccurate.

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If love is love

Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
We didn’t know there was a restaurant here.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Knowing we’d be at some iconic locations, i took the TEDx Talk props.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Made the pin a few minutes before leaving my house to go to the airport.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
If love is love…Ohana.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Love is to infinity and beyond?
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Just keep loving, just keep loving, just keep loving.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
What if our World was Goofy about Love? Crazy (goofy) in love with love.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
These photos freeze a moment in time.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
AUK is American University of Kuwait.
Kuwait Towers birthday
We had adjacent tables and we presented the birthday girl with a Disney figurine. The woman on the right took her personal trainer (the birthday celebrant) to lunch.
Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Kuwait Tower shadow lower right. Water Park also.
Kuwait Towers waterpark
It’s a massive and diverse amusement complex. A place “where families can have fun together”.

If love is love, and God is God…

It would reason to conclude that God is God.

One world, one God.

No?

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Praying the students are ready

Stitch in Dubai
Writing this post from Dubai airport business class lounge.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

i am so ready to learn.

Hoping 400 smart people are on Saturday too.

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