October 22, 2014 6:25 PM

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Over the past weeks I've been mostly on the road. Argentina, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mexico, Cleveland. Each of these destinations was filled with colorful and emotional experiences: powerful encounters, noisy cities, endless traffic jams, fragrant street foods, religious communities, innovative tricycles built with materials reused from some previous purpose, seeing people on the streets who really live on U.S. $2.00/day, buzzing airports, crowded buses, dirty sidewalks, autumn colors, and manicured university campuses. There were long days, jetlag, unusual meals, inspiring meetings, serendipitous connections, follow-up steps -- but, as busy as it sounds, it's actually not more than how a day flows for every one on this planet: We all get 24 hours, and we use them all.

I felt I was running, or perhaps trotting, from one place to the next, from one departure gate to the next event. How big was my shock when, finally home, I sat down this morning next to the canal in my backyard. I didn't go there with any expectation, other than having my cup of coffee. But as soon...

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