Week #28 – “Take the long way home…”
Rob never missed an opportunity to take a long walk or an even longer drive. He’d listen to music, make phone calls, or even make a few new friends along the way. (Some of you may have been on the receiving end of that!) I was so blessed to have shared many long drives with Rob as teenagers…and many long walks on the boardwalk as adults. We’d talk or not talk, listen to music or share silence, figure out the future or laugh at the past. There was nothing that a long walk or drive couldn’t fix.
I’ve heard several stories this week of people I know getting sick, getting derailed on their life’s journey, or dying too young. Since losing Rob — this news strikes me differently now. Any loss is difficult — but to have things cut short always has a nasty bite to it. Time is so precious. It urges us to move faster, as if somehow that will help us make the most of it…but the opposite is true, isn’t it? It is the times we slow down and take the long way that stand out in our minds.
The photo above is one of the last long walks I took with my brother. I remember it like it was yesterday…I stopped to take a picture of my shadow on the sand and he turned back to meet me and ham for the camera. It was an hour of our lives together. Maybe two. I’m sure I could have been cleaning or writing or balancing my budget. But I’m sure glad I didn’t!
Your assignment for this week: Take the long way home! The weather is finally breaking in the Northeast. We hit 60 degrees at the Jersey Shore today…and people are slowly coming out of hibernation. Warmer air means we can slow down a bit, stop and chat, or roll the window down to say hello…but it also means things are moving faster as our schedules fill up! If you find yourself stressed…it makes sense! Just remember this:
“Life move’s pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it!” (Ferris Beuller)
“Once in a while…” What “once in a while” could you make time for this week?
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3/27/15 by Grace Church
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