Recently I received the following message from a new friend I made while flying home from Asia. She was the passenger to my right and her words encourage me to continue sharing from my heart, telling stories and taking risks.
“About a year ago I was returning home on a plane with my family. I happened to sit next to an incredibly kind, thoughtful man who struck up a conversation with me and as we talked, he began to share his story of tremendous loss and a journey toward deeper hope and God. I don’t think either of us intended initially to share such deeply personal, spiritual experiences, but it ended up being the most profound plane ride of my life. I have since watched his journey on FB continue through all parts of the world as he serves others through his talents in photography. This photo particularly touches me and I had to share. He is truly evidence of how we are surrounded by good and the Divine more than we realize. Thanks Ronnie Mosley for taking a moment to share your light with a stranger on an airplane. It made a lasting impact.”
Three years ago, as 2013 concluded it was all that I could do to breathe. Our families unthinkable earthly loss of Christina left me in a state of total brokenness. If you had told me then that I would conclude this past year having traveled through twenty countries, five continents and learning to breathe above 19,000 feet, I would have just shook my head in disbelief. These past three years are truly the result of my faith in a God who loves us more that we can ever comprehend. A God who restores, heals and redeems.
My testimony of Trust, Faith and Change has led me on a path around the world, with an abundance of divine appointments along the way. Learning to share my story with others who struggle has been one of life’s most profound experiences. Our stories are important and hearing the stories of others puts our own lives into perspective. Stories tell us who someone is and they tell others who we are. In the process of sharing stories we find out that we are not alone in our pain, in our grief and in our loneliness.
The memories of what I have seen and experienced in 2016 will stay with me the rest of my life. The destinations have been unforgettable but it is the new friendships forged through mutual loss and encouragement that I treasure the most.
In this new year I encourage you to make a new friend, hear their story and share yours as well. Who knows where 2017 will take you as a result?
You can read more about Trust, Faith and Change at https://rdmosley.wordpress.com/about/
“They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them but then an entire life to forget them.”
A sadhu at Pashupatinath Temple in Katmandu, Nepal
Exploring the glaciers in Iceland
Sweet little school girl in Agra, India
Elevator de Gloria which I road up to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, one of several beautiful points that one can look out over the tile roofs that give this city it’s color. With the rain dampening my clothes but not my spirits, I explored the Bairo Alto neighborhood on my way to yet another funicular, Elevador da Bica. The view of the water here is beautiful.
Flying over the Himalaya’s of Nepal
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Beautiful Thai ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Unexpected adventure in Zanzibar, just off the east coast of Africa
Experiencing “Thai smiles” at the Floating market just outside of Bangkok, Thailand
Riding Elephants in Thailand with Lenneke
Photographing for World Without Orphans in Thailand
Yosemite during the winter, an unforgettable hike in the snow with Marcus Bowen
Sleeping in the tree’s in Masai Thailand near the border of Burma
Finding beauty in Cambodia
Two hours south of Siem Reap Cambodia is a village that floats on the water. The Kampong Klang floating village on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake. Adrift on the water, engines silenced, all I could hear was the sound of children’s laughter echoing off the water and a poem running through my mind.
They survive by sifting through trash at the dump looking for what they can sell for pennies. Poipet, Cambodia
This beautiful smile was my reward for complimenting the lovely flowers on her dress. Precious girl in the mountains of Ethiopia
Photographing in the In the Rikkai area of Uganda, the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic.
Photographing the floating markets in Thailand
The Ethiopian countryside
The Ethiopian countryside
Photographing in the Nepalese villages of Nepal
Photo taken in the Himalayan mountains in Nepal, between Mugu and Jumla
Nepal – Exhausted from the altitude gain (was flown into 7000’ only to hike to 11,000), I walked into a mountain village where this precious little nine year old girl was playing on the dirt floor of her hut. Even in the shadows her eyes sparkled like little diamonds. My heart literally stopped…. her voice sounded like the wind blowing through the trees as she spoke her musical name.
Flying out of the Himalaya’s on a much to short runway… Jumla, Nepal
The Rakai region of Uganda
The Rakai region of Uganda
Life along the rivers of Cambodia
Country of contrasts, and so many people. Agra, India
One of the kindest people I have ever met. An orthodox priest at a monastery on Wenche Island, Ethiopia
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause…. learning to breathe at over 19,000′, the climb of my life
Mount Kilimanjaro – I had never seen the skies so dark nor the stars so bright…
Summiting 19,341’ Mount Kilimanjaro with the best climbing buddy a person could wish for, my friend Kat.
Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause
Flying with Emirates – Departing Bangkok for Dubai