I stood watching, from the security of my front porch, the red and blue lights illuminating the night. What could I do? What was really happening? Do I risk my personal safety for strangers? I felt helpless, except for my silent pleads for safety for all invovled. Another onlooker stepped in, ushering the tiny, shocked crowd to the warmth of his nearby home. A small round face with bed tousled hair, clinging to the neck of the loved one carrying her, moved into the flood lights of the emergency vehicles. Sleep had not yet left her cherubic features. Her pink and purple PJ’s ensconced her on this dreary, wet, night. Her eyes rested on me, full of questions, desiring answers. Not quite sure she was safe yet.
Neighbors a few doors down and across our brick paved street had a small fire last night. Shortly after I arrived home emergency sirens filled the air with the announcement that someone’s life is in serve, unexpected transition. As our sleepy street was transformed into a hub of assistance for the family, neighbors came out to look on.
I felt helpless. I felt saddened that I did not know this family that lived and played just a few short steps from my home. Action finally overcame my fear of the unknown. I went to this stranger and in the midst of panic offered my feeble introduction. I did not have any idea where my words would lead me. I did not know what I could possibly offer, but I could not just stand by and watch without doing something. My feeling of helplessness overwhelmed my fears and I moved forward. Contact information, an offer of warm drinks, blankets, and ill-fitting shoes was all I could think of to give.
The helpless feeling abated. My smile and heartfelt concern for individuals I had never met was contagious. A weak smile crossed his face. Friends came by hearled by the wave of technology pushed information. Thanks were out poured, hugs were given, just a simple reasurrance that no one should walk alone when lives are shifting.
Reach out to the community you travel in. Our transitions can pull us together. Overcome anything that tries to hold you back from doing what is right. Immerse yourself in life. Smile when you want to frown. Life is beautiful, even in all of it’s flaws!
Travel Well My Friends
Life points us in the direction we need to be moving. Our faiths take us to places we feel we need to be. No longer should we be confined to small sections of this planet nor should we be led to massive monuments with the destination being the only experience we enjoy.
Tourism is dead. The traditional, move from point A to point B, way of touring this magical sphere is over. The days of experiential travel are here!
Travel is alive!
But wait, you ask, ‘I thought that was the business you are in?’ Soul Experiences is in the Experiential Group Travel industry. If you Google search ‘Tourism’, ‘Group Travel’, ‘Tour and Travel’, ‘Tours’, you will find us and a myriad of other tourism companies. These are words you will here from us still but our focus is the journey, together. Sure we will see lots of the “must sees” of this world but while we are rolling down the road to our destination the journey will be exceptional. Gone are the days of disconnected tour guides and questions left unanswered!
Do not cling to the familiar, explore the journey! Every time we travel we learn. We learn we are more alike in our differences than we once believed. We learn we need experiences to grow and be fulfilled. Experiences are not gained exclusively by aging. Wisdom from our age, only adds to our soul experiences. Experiences are the stepping stones of a fulfilled, soulful life’s journey.
Travel Well My Friends!
He suffered and died on the cross, so that we would be free from death.
The alter was stripped of all it’s adornments last night at the church service. The choir sang the 22nd Psalm, hauntingly beautiful voices hung in the air. The lights were dimmed making the usually bright sanctuary feel small and oppressive. We sat in silence watching the black drape rise to cover the image of Christ. It is a very somber service.
Tonight we will attend the Good Friday service. The alter will still be barren. The lights will still be turned low. The feeling in the air will still be of sadness.
Why then should we celebrate? Because this is not the end. This is the beginning. We know He died for us! We know that His death brings us eternal life! That in these somber remembrances, our lives are forever changed!
Happy Good Friday!
You know you are Lutheran when the coffee and treats portion of morning prayer service lasts longer than the service! :-)
Holy week begins on Palm Sunday. We celebrate the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a king! It is a celebratory day. We sing his praises in remembrance of His triumphant entrance to a city, he knew, he would be persecuted and die. The culmination of Holy week progresses with silence on the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The church does not ignore these three days but not much is going on either and yet I find them significant.
This is the time Jesus spent his last days with his disciples. These few precious last days before Evil seeped into the hearts of many. Where shouts of Alleluias turned to cries of anger. Where corruption ruled and money spoke volumes.
These three days before Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday take the stage are calm, meditative days for me. I seek prayerful beginnings, lingering evenings and ample time for reflection. I attended our morning pray service at my home congregation. I found a community of souls who to enjoy the meditative qualities of starting your day with reflection, together. It was refreshing to see young and old, worshiping in a small setting. After the service we all moved off to a meeting room filled with coffee and pastries. Where we took the time to share and laugh with each other before heading off to our work days.
Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday in the church. We celebrate The Last Supper and remember our Savior washing his friends feet. All the while, knowing what weight he would soon carry for the sake of the world.
Have a blessed Holy Day. Remember our Saviors humble actions, with a kind and forgiving heart.
Travel well my friends.
Nothing in the world compares to being on the road as the sun creeps up the horizon. I put my back to the East and started driving. The jet black of night surrounded me. Illuminated by the errie blue of the dash lights on my little car. As the black gradually lighted to inconsequential shades of grey, my imagination conjured Dr. Seuss creatures moving in the empty fields.
“Turn your face to the sun…and the shadows will fall behind you.”
Traveling with little, to no, destination in mind is a wonderful way to discover new unexplored areas. Lessons I have learned while traveling are invaluable. Until you walk, dine, interact, immerse yourself in a region you cannot fully understand the travel presence in a community.
Iowa is home to miles and miles of year round outdoor activity opportunities. Even the urbanized areas put a high value on their green spaces. You would be hard pressed to find a city, town, or community that does not boast at least one city park. The open areas are shaded by towering shade trees, and the hiking trails lead you on remarkable winding adventures. It is a nice respite to hike instead of drive for awhile, even if I no destination in mind.
As I wandered aimlessly down a twisting path, through the overgrown brush, the words above crossed my mind. If your face is to the sun, all your shadows are literally behind you. It is not just a fanciful way of expressing one’s belief that things will get better, it is a fact. Let the sun sine down on you occasionally. Put the worries that darken your life behind you.
Travel well my friends!
How lucky we are to live and work with community support! Reach out to mentors for encouragement. Engage with people who motivate you. Above all…travel well my friends!