Rest Stop (anniversary) … the journey of a year

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Make known to me the path that I must walk (credit: unknown)

Who, besides God, knows what one year may bring?  When we start out on a journey we typically have a goal in mind, and if we are a planner, we have a sense of how we want the journey to turn out.  But as most of us know, even the best plans may need to be modified at times.  It was one year ago today that I founded and wrote my first blog post for Lifesjourney!

When I started on this journey  I was writing primarily for myself; gathering my thoughts into somewhat of a coherent stream.  But, as the journey progressed, I began to realize that my thoughts were influenced by my adventures, the people around me, and world events.  When I first thought of writing this blog I had created a document containing my ideas for topics and reflections for multiple future blog posts.  As the list grew I knew I was all set to go.  To be honest, in this first year of blogging, I have used two of the topics on my list.  In this year’s journey I have written over 60 posts, recognizing along the journey that what I was experiencing was influencing me, and that if I was being influenced by my experiences, others were as well.

So, what started as a blog simply for me to gather my thoughts, the journey further led me to start a Facebook and Twitter page.  I started those pages as a means of engaging a community of people along the journey to share with each other.  I truly believe that in our current society many people have lost the sense of wonder, self-reflection, and critical questioning.  It is my hope that through these reflections, and the shared experiences of others, we can form a community which encourages self-reflection and meditation; a “rest stop” along our journey to share, to learn, to grow.  The shared reflections will strengthen us along our journey until we reach our next rest stop.

I am grateful for all the people I have “met” in the rest stops, and I am encouraged by the understanding that the journey has been enriched by our having met.  I encourage you to stick with the journey, share along the journey, and encourage others to join us along the journey.

Here is my original post, unedited, blogged one year ago today ….

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“Are we there yet?”

I don’t think any trip with kids can be completed without multiple utterances of this well-known yet annoying phrase.  We’ve all heard it, or said it ourselves.  Why do we even ask the question?  Of course it’s to learn how much longer we have left to endure the car ride before we reach the destination.  Or, possibly, to find out how much longer we have to wait until we reach a destination for which we have been anxiously awaiting.  Either way, negatively or positively, most of us have asked the question.  But what real difference does the answer make?  The length of the trip remains the same.  Ahhh…. but the knowledge gleaned from the answer (unless the answer is “we’ll get there when we get there”) helps one to mentally adjust and therefore cope with the reality.

As I write this blog I am on a trip; a journey through life.  And even though I am now older, I still catch myself asking that annoying question: “are we there yet?”  No, I’m not in a car, train or plane, and the driver, conductor, pilot is now life itself.  How much longer to my destination?  What is my destination?  Will I know when I get there?

I am not on this journey by myself; we are on this ride together.  This blog is my means of reflecting on this journey.  To share with you my observations and reflections along the way.  People who have journeyed with me have taught me much.  My years as a husband, father, clinician, administrator, and minister have made me the person I am today.  My history creates the person I am, and, combined with the present, becomes part of my future person.  The more actively involved I am with my journey, the more deeply I will learn and grow as a person.

I write this blog as a fellow journeyer reflecting on the journey.  I invite you to join me. Assuming I haven’t yet come to this journey’s end, future blog posts will reflect on the emotional, psychological and spiritual journey of everyday life of meeting people, working, reading, watching my favorite shows, and spending quality time with the family.  There is so much to experience, learn, and reflect on.

So here we go…

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