The Joy in the Journey

I continue my new relationship with snow and ice and cold weather. Today was beautiful, sunny, warm (well warmer), albeit windy. These are icicles that formed on our RV from the melting snow, then as the sun came out, they melted away from the RV and stood like tiny stalagmites supported only by their own frozen molecules. For some reason, I found this delightful and I’ve been smiling about it ever since. I’ll probably continue to smile long after they have collapsed back into puddles of water, ever reminded of their stubborn tenacity refusing to melt in the mid-day sun.

This spring has not been what I expected, certainly not what I hoped for. After a long winter illness, we arrived to freezing weather and, yep, another round of illness. I am slowly, oh so slowly, recovering. I’ve taken short walks outside for the past two days. I just bundle up in an extra jacket, put a surgical mask over my face and meander about enjoying the sunshine, the wind, and even the cold.

When you’re an RVer, one of the things you learn quickly is that things seldom work out exactly the way you planned. If it’s just about the destination, you’ll end up disappointed. That trip to the beach you waited and planned for all year, will end up in a monsoon. I try to enjoy each day of a trip, to find something noteworthy and beautiful no matter what comes my way.

I read an article once that talked about the “in-between times.” We spend most of our lives waiting and planning for those special occasions. The birthday party, Christmas, the family vacation and we just slide through all the in-between times. It seems to me to be such a waste. I think we have to stop living for the future, stop putting off our joy until “someday”. When the kids are raised, when the house is paid off, when the car is fixed. There is joy to be found every single day, you just have to be willing to seek it.

To quote my favorite TV series “Firefly”

Kaylee: “How come you don’t care where you’re goin?”
Shepherd Book: “Because the journey’s the worthier part.”

Today, wherever you are, whether you’re an RVer or stick and stone homebody, stop for a moment and remember to treasure every step of life’s journey.

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