Go the Extra Mile in Life

Traveling and hitchhiking across Morocco was an eye-opening experience that changed my whole view on the country.  I have countless stories where the Moroccan people demonstrated such love and hospitality towards me that  left me without words.

It was a hot Wednesday afternoon when my Polish friend, Doro, and my Moroccan friend, Badre, and I were traveling from the Sahara Desert to Ouarzazate, Morocco, where we had a local host waiting for us.

On our way to Ouarzazate, we met and hitchhiked with young Moroccan man, Fouad.  The four of us formed a connection along the way,  exchanged contact information and before we knew it we were off to our next location to meet our next local host.

We met our new host at a local restaurant to drink tea and relax after our long day of traveling. It didn’t take but 5 minutes for me to start to get a very un easy feeling on the inside.

I wanted to ignore it.  I was hungry, thirsty, hot, and just plain tired after all day traveling.   All I wanted to do was just relax.

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Our host left for a moment and my friends and I were left alone, giving us time to talk and agree that the feeling of uneasiness was equal among us three.

Given our hitchhiking driver, Fouad was a local and had given us his number, we decided to call him to see what other options we might have in his town for the night as far as sleeping.

Without a moment’s hesitation, he told us to stay right where we were and he would drive to our location.  Within 10 minutes, he and his friend arrived.

Seeing the uncertainty in our eyes, he stood by us as we awkwardly told our host that we would not be staying with him.  At this point, I imagined he was going to help us find a new place to stay, but I could not have been more wrong.

Seeing the restlessness in our eyes, he had the perfect idea.  

Within 20 minutes, we arrived at a beautiful terrace with breathtaking views.  The environment was peaceful and he invited us for some Moroccan hot tea.  From this calm place, we were better able to think about our sleeping plans that evening.

In our minds, it was not clear what we would do, but Fouad already knew that he had picked us up, not just to have tea, but also to invite us to sleep at his home. As if the whole situation could not have gotten any better, after some delicious tea, it did.

We arrived at Fouad’s family home, where his mom was preparing a large Moroccan meal.  After an entire day of not eating, the delicious smell that filled his house upon our arrival was heavenly.  We were instructed to take off our shoes, relax, and do nothing.  He started bringing to the table plates of hot food, different types of olives, fresh watermelon, and of course, more tea.

He had invited a couple of friends over and for the next hour and a half we talked, laughed, and enjoyed a beautiful, delicious meal together. It was paradise.

You may not remember what someone said to you, but you will always remember how they made you feel. 

Thinking back today on this story, I don’t remember all the words and conversations we had, but I do remember his energy, the feeling of ease I had being in his house, the smiles, laughter, hospitality and the taste of the hot delicious dinner they prepared.

The next day rolled around and it was time to say our goodbyes, however Fouad had one more thing he wanted to show us.

Early in the morning, he took us by car up a mountain to a restaurant where we ate a huge, typical Moroccan breakfast in small tents sitting on couches with views that were out of this world.

He could have used the excuse that he was tired after a long day at work or just given us a bed to sleep on, but not Fouad.  He saw a need and without a moment’s hesitation, he took the opportunity to go above and beyond to give us a feeling and a special blessing that we can carry in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

  • In our lives are we like Fouad, or do we miss opportunities to go above and beyond, using excuses that we are “too tired” or “we don’t have “enough time?
  • Do we strive to take that extra step to cook someone a delicious meal, to drive someone the extra mile, or to help a friend or stranger who has a need?
  • Or are we quick to just give the bare minimum, with unpleasant, tired, disturbed attitudes?
  • Or do we give nothing at all?

All it takes is a simple act of kindness that can leave someone with a warm feeling that lasts for a lifetime.

For more on Morocco, Africa check out: 

A New Appreciation 

Have a Cultural Experience 

Reality of Hitchhiking as a Female in Morocco 

 

 

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  • Do you have any stories where someone has gone above and beyond for you?  
  • Have you taken the extra mile to give someone a beautiful experience?
  •  Share your inspirational story below.  The world needs to hear them!

 

Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.comGo the Extra Mile in Life