That’s an understatement. As I return yet again from my travels, the stories are flowing, friends are sharing my laughter as I recount my latest adventures. How do I?, where do I?, how do I know?, the questions come quickly.
My answers however are more thought out now. The answer is not to make them feel better about me being on the road, but the truth of what I see. The truth of realizing I’ve driven way too many hours, the truth of America is not always glorious and free.
So I’ll tell you a story. I came out of the Smoky Mountains feeling exhilarated and free. No cell, no GPS just a 6000 foot mountain and me. For two days. It gave me time to think. Time to reflect. Time to really think about what I wanted to do next. As I come around the Cumberland Gap, there’s another two lane highway snaking back through the mountains. I drive in 2 miles. And turn around.
I was on the phone with a dear friend. We lost our connection. I was now in Kentucky and the scenery changed drastically. The poverty was overwhelming. And once again, I lost contact with the world. But this time it was different. I wasn’t ready for the “auto shut off.” I was scared and it was the middle of the day. And it had nothing to do with crime.
We watched Noah last night. In one scene Russell Crowe said, “We have been entrusted with a task so much greater than our own desires.” As Im packing this time I think, Im going to pack lighter. I don’t need much. Stay light on your feet, be prepared for adventure but mostly, be open. I laughed to myself thinking……what does that mean? I laugh again. Noah finally made sense. Or as Russell Crowe would say, “Follow the temptation of darkness or hold on to the blessing of light.” Amen.
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