4. Beauty and the Beast
I know Disney visitors make memories while they are there and later reflect on their experiences when they get home - and for years to come - but for me, the reflection came on the spot - not always memories of Disney vacations, but more often in the thoughts of my family back home. The one time that I remembered a previous Disney experience came a couple of days later, when I found myself at the very hot and crowded Disney park, Hollywood Studios. Walking for more than 12 miles that day was taking its toll on my back, and there was hardly any shade for relief from a baking sun.
So once again, I sat in a seat in a high section of the outdoor theater (At least it was shaded.), and began to reminisce. Traveling alone and visiting cool places gives a person the unique opportunity for reflection. I took pictures and video clips of the show and even sent one to my wife so she could know that I was thinking about her at this moment, and as Belle and the Beast went through the throes of falling in love, yet again, my eyes began to sting and I felt the now all-to-familiar feeling of blessedness. Why can't others slow down for long enough to see that amidst the calamity of a spinning planet, there is peace, joy, happiness, and love? Why can't others remember to stop and consider the beauty of our world and the love that they once had, still have, and will continue to have in their lives? Am I the only one? Life is more than racking up experiences and climbing ladders, and the world would be a better place if folks could just slow down and look at it through new eyes.