Sunday, March 9, 2014

Blessing or Privilege

Over the past few years as friends and family have shared a life update or happening, many have ended the conversation with the thought that they are blessed.  I have to be honest. I've struggled with the use of the word "blessed" and in many instances I've wondered to myself if the word "privileged" might be a more appropriate word.

Tuesday I leave for India (one of the countries on my bucket list) and I'm both nervous and excited.  There are amazing blogs like My India Travel that have been a huge inspiration to help me finally muster up the courage to buy a ticket for this trip.  As I've read about this incredible country and studied so many of the places I hope to visit, I've been reminded of the many privileges we enjoy in America.  I will continue to give thought to the use of the word "blessed" but I welcome your thoughts.  Are those born into a caste system, or born a woman in a country where women are not respected less blessed or are we simply privileged?

To help inspire me, I woke up this morning and watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Over the next several days as your sun sets, I will be starting my day's adventure and I can't wait to share the experiences with you.   I leave you with this wonderful quote from the movie.
Can there be anywhere else in the world that is such an assault on the senses?  Those who know the country of old just go about their business.  But nothing can prepare the uninitiated for this riot of noise and color.  For the heat, the motion, the perpetual teeming crowd.  - Evelyn, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


  1. Have a wonderful trip, JoJo! Blessed or privileged - an interesting distinction to think about.

  2. I often feel a little 'tug' at my heart when I say I am blessed. We, in this country, have no idea what it is like to grow up in places that do not honour women and children. I think privilege is more accurate. I have many blessings, too many to count, but they are not of the superficial things that most people take for granted.
    I loved that movie! I am sure excited for you and can't wait to hear about your trip. Be safe and enjoy.

  3. Enjoy your trip . . . a bit of both maybe.
    Enjoy the privilege of visiting India and the blessings you'll experience . . .