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Earning Yearnings

Have you ever gone somewhere with the intent of getting lost? Some of my fondest memories are travels where I didn't know where I was, where I would end up, or if I would have gas to get me there.

A few years ago, I traveled with my friend Lorie (pictured with me) as we rode motorcycles to another friend's home in Oregon. On the way, we stopped for a bite at the entrance to the Redwood Forest. Lorie has the gift of gab and suddenly we were convinced by the locals to take a detour that we would never forget. Realizing our next stop was only 45 minutes away, and we had all day to get there, we headed off to destinations unknown.

Well, for the sake of time, I'll not recount the travels in great detail, but the smooth winding pavement through the beautiful trees took us down winding country roads, over rickety wooden bridges (that gave us concern), past foggy meadows, and ultimately ended with a surprising sunset over a undisturbed sandy white beach. We paused briefly before heading up a step hill, through more winding country roads where the sound of bangos playing tickled our minds, and fear began to gip our hearts when sun set and darkness engulfed us. Running on fumes, we coasted when we could, and ultimately reached a town with a gas station. To this day Lorie and I have the best road trips because when I lead, we get lost.

"Only by going too far can we find out how far we can go."

T.S. Eliot

I heard somewhere a long time ago that if you have nothing to lose you have everything to gain. I believe this is true in our circumstances as well. When we have challenges there are opportunities in abundance. Contentment is available as a byproduct of positive thinking. When lost, I look around at the beauty and capture the images in my mind. Those memories are mine forever and I can return to those places anytime I like. Often, the memories of my past that brought me the most joy are the most enjoyable moments of today. When we focus on the problems of today we miss the opportunities to appreciate the surroundings that might bring us joy. If I had not stopped occasionally to take in the scenery of my wanderings, I would have missed those opportunities forever.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need,

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)

Day 45: Wander

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