Bruce Feiler

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…I had always believed that I left a bit of me

…I had always believed that I left a bit of me wherever I went. I also believed that I took a bit of every place with me. I never felt that more than with this trip. It was as if the act of touching these places, walking these roads,and asking these questions had added another column to my being. And the only possible explanation I could find for that feeling was that a spirit existed in many of the places I visited, and a spirit existed in me and the two had somehow met in the course of my travels. It’s as if the godliness of the land and the godliness of my being had fused.

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In the end I believe the essential spirit that

In the end I believe the essential spirit that animates those places animates me. If that spirit is God, then I found God…If that spirit is life, then I found life…If that spirit is awe, then I found awe. Part of me suspects it’s all three…all I had to do to discover that spirit and the resulting feeling of humility and appreciation was not to look or listen or taste or feel. All I had to do was remember, for what I was looking for I somehow already knew.

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