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Latte@Lotte aka Float w/ Purpose

2 May

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One of my first wow-i’m-in-a-diffferent-culture moments came during my first employment in Korea as a summer camp instructor in 2007. In the late afternoon, Koreans would walk around the stadium in Suwon. They walked with a steady pace, with feet pounding the grounds and arms whipping the air. They wanted to get somewhere, so, as people say, they were getting to stepping.
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Tonight as I sat out in the cafe along side the ____Lake in Jamsil, my friend Pam, told me to take a pic of the Lotte World’s castle. As I stood on the wooden dock, I felt a sensation. I turned around and saw a crowd walk by quickly. I returned to the castle, but I felt that same sensation once again. And sure enough there was another crowd walking quickly.
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As I stared at the path, I realized people were walking around the lake. These people were walking with that same passion and drive as those I had seen in Suwon. They made walking with a purpose seem easy like maybe living with a purpose could be just as easy. (shout to my group for reading Purpose Driven Life this month with me).
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What’s your purpose? A few weeks ago my Spanish teacher asked me what my purpose in life was? I answered honestly, “Yo no se” (I don’t know). It’s not always easy to know what’s your purpose.
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Many expats move to Korea with this question in the background. They hope that changing scenery will help them detect their purpose more easily. But having new soil beneath you makes it difficult sometime to plant the sturdy roots that are essential in helping you grow and mature.
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What’s your pupose? Many nights (and days) I ponder this question as I sit inside a cool cafe in Seoul. Tonight it’s HoSoo Cafe. Set along the lakeside, the doors are opened allowing a clear view of the park lamps reflecting on the lake’s water and allowing the few breezes of the night to “float, float on…” And course, I can see the walkers; they never stop marching on (shout out to my ancestors who marched on Selma, D.C., and through the forests following the North Star).
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Perhaps tonight the light breezes will carry that walking sensation into the cafe, subtle and not abrasive. Even if it doesn’t bring a clear answer, I sense my purpose taking shape like a breath of fresh air on wintry morning in Seoul. “float, float on…come on, come on…”

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Although I went to the cafe at night and had a lovely time, I do prefer going in the afternoon. Directly in front of the lake is a free bike rental office. Beneath the sun rays of Seoul, I biked the Han River and then walked about the lake. It was a great and cheap afternoon. Lovin Spring. Lovin Seoul. Lovin Life^^

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Free Bike Rental @Jamsil Info

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