A brief conversation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean became a lesson in life’s endless possibilities. Heading into the small breakfast area of our hotel on day three in Amsterdam, a woman sat at a table checking emails on her iPad, with all her devices plugged in to a multi outlet adaptor. Opening with a “Good Morning,” I commented on her efficiency. She looked up, smiled, and returned the Good Morning with a lilting Southern accent. I asked where she was from, and she named a town in Kentucky saying it was the home of the National Quilt Museum. Curious, never hearing of this museum, I wanted to know more. She talked about a recent quilt show she attended and offered photos of some of the entries.
The artistry and talent were astounding. One quilt caught my attention, for the skill of quilting, and for the power of the image and its message. The craftmanship of the quilt was clear. With fabric, needle and thread, the artist masterfully related the angst many of us feel trying to be “normal.” The quilt conveyed the importance of honoring the self and the value of diversity. I exchanged emails with my new friend, Joyce, so I might share this information with my quilter friends and maybe consider a trip to experience this unique art form firsthand.
The more questions I ask, the easier it is to connect with fellow travelers. Stepping out of my comfort zone opened an unexpected window of opportunity. Everyone has a story to tell. If we listen and engage our curiosity, possibilities emerge.