Hitchhiking around the world, was one of the richest experiences I have ever known. A seeming randomness brought excitement to each day, who would I meet, how far would I get, and where would I sleep that night? 

One of the most interesting people I encountered was a hitchhiker I met on an entry road to a freeway going north.

For the almost 2 years I was on the road, every hitchhiker I met followed an unwritten code of conduct, “Never sit in front of a person already sitting on the road.” It allowed the one who had been there the longest to get to the front of the line and be the one that was most often picked up first.

Pierre was different. He had no where he had to be and no time he had to get there, and over his years on the road, he told me, 
cars would stop to wake him up and ask if he needed a ride.

When I met him, I was somehow drawn to him and I asked if I could sit with him until he got a ride. He answered,  “Sure. that’s fine by me, but if you are wanting to get a ride soon, do not sit with me, sit 10 feet in front of me or behind me and you will get a ride quickly.
If you choose to sit with me, you will be here for a while.”

I replied that I did not want to delay his ride, so I would do as he suggested and sit 10 feet behind him. His response startled me.

“Do you do that often?”

“What?”, I asked.

“Interpret what people say, rather than listen to their words. I didn’t say what I said for me, I said it for you. People both in front of me and behind me get rides quickly,”

“Why do you think that is?” I asked him

And he answered saying, 
“Everyone I meet is trying to get somewhere else; very few people are happy where they are. But, I have nowhere else to be than where I am, so what is the rush?”

He then looked me in the eye and said,
“It’s easy to get somewhere else, what is hard is to be 100% where you are.”

45 years later, I can still hear his voice as clearly as i did that day. The truth of his words still echo in my soul. How often I run away from where I am, wanting something other than what I have.

Does this resonate?


  • Daniel Levin

    Visionary. Author. Magician. Mentor. Speaker.

    Daniel Levin walked away from an opportunity to run a billion dollar business, to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace.   His life has been a combination of incredible victories and massive defeats. He left the seminary one day before being ordained a Rabbi, and lived as a monk in a monastery for 10 years.  He has meditated every day for over 45 years. He has run a restaurant, a publishing house, a market, a meditation retreat, has owned and run a clothing company, a branding company and a coaching business.   He was the Director of Business Development at Hay House and led it’s growth from $3,000,000 to $100,000,000 in revenue over a 10 year time span.  He started DbL, by branding “the most anticipated hotel opening of the year 2013” according to USA Today, The Andaz Maui @ Wailea Resort and Spa. The book he wrote for them, The Ohana of Red Earth created a corporate culture of family not staff.   Levin is a rare blend of mystic and business guy. He is a storyteller and the beautiful story he weaves in his book, The Mosaic touches the hearts of people and soothes their souls. It is a story about loss and discovery, about seeing the things we can’t see, about knowing the value of every living thing, and about connection.   He is married to his soul mate who teaches him what it means to love and be loved. He is the father of a beautiful special needs daughter who teaches him that he is able to do far more than he ever thought possible; the step father of a handsome and fun loving teenage boy who helps him remember how powerful fear is; and a brilliant and beautiful teenage daughter who reminds him how important it is to live inside out; and #hashtag, their adorable and loving golden retriever who reminds him that life is all about play.   They live by the ocean feeling very blessed, loving others and helping people get what they want.