My Nepal Family Reunion Rocks!
Posted by Dr. Judy at 3:00 am
Have you ever dreamed of visiting a family member you have never met?
One who lived far away? Maybe even thousands of miles away?
I suppose three years over the span of my lifetime isn’t a long time to wait, but it surely
seemed that way. But great experiences are worth exercising your patience strength.
Those of you on my Facebook, may recognize my adopted son, Hari Aryal,
(FB name is Hari Prasad Aryal) who lives in the countryside a long bus ride from where
he works as a trekking guide and office worker for renowned Earthbound Expeditions.
They are the company who makes your travel to Nepal, India, and Tibet your trip of a lifetime.
I will tell you lots more about the trip in future blogs. It was amazing, incredible and a
lifetime memory-maker, but I thought you’d enjoy knowing the back story about Hari.
Three years ago I was heading to Kathmandu for the Positive Psychology Appreciative
Inquiry conference. Poor Mom broke her ankle and the trip needed to wait. Then two
years ago, Mom landed in the hospital after her legs decided to pitch a fit again. Don’t
you love it when things seem to challenge plans and later you realize that the timing of
those events made your life all the sweeter? That’s what happened re: Hari.
When I researched Earthbound Expeditions, I began to correspond with Hari, then 24.
We became great friends and correspondents. He apologizes about his English, but he
is a poet whose descriptions of Nepal (Never-ending Peace and Love) made my mouth
water. His Himalayas jumped out at me in vivid, jaw-dropping photos and ginger honey
words. I was hooked on Nepal, but meeting Hari sweetened the pot and made my mission
For years he asked about my family, especially Grammy, whose capers he follows in my blog.
One day, after a particularly wonderful email, I signed off, “Your American Mama.”
The flood gates to his heart opened. Hari’s own Mom had died when he was three.
He had always dreamed of having a mother. Now he has his “Ama,” as they say in Nepal.
Talk about positivity!
After that, I felt the door to my heart open even wider. So did his. We shared and cared.
It’s never too late to add more love. I will tell you, Hari has taught me more about living
your values than anyone else I have ever met. Hari always says, “No worries, Ama, all is OK!”
In the photo you see Hari and his adorable family. His adorable kids are 4 and 6.
Isn’t Dipa his wife, stunning?
I had thought seeing Mt. Everest and the jaw-dropping scenery of Nepal and Tibet was
my #1 agenda. But Hari changed all that. His humanity and incredible kindness reminded
me no matter what the beauty, it is people who spin the stunning textures into your life.
Have you ever added to your “family” and watched your life light up like the vibrant
reds, yellows and oranges on your autumn maple tree of life? How did it change the
seasons of your life?
My travel tips?
~ Be the first to say hello.
~ Have an open mind and heart.
~ Keep moderate expectations so the good will really star!
~ Be generous and appreciative.
What would you like to know about my trip to Nepal and Tibet?
I’d love to hear from you! Just send me your questions, and I will answer in a future blog.
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