Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Twists and Turns of the Road Called Life

Life is a journey’ says a common phrase. By extension, life is a road. In a developed nation like the U.S., this metaphor has little practical value. When I get on Interstate 77, it doesn’t matter which direction, I’m not thinking of a metaphor to life. It’s too broad, too straight and too smooth. Now, when you are driving a country road in the hills of West Virginia then this metaphor becomes more practical. Twists and turns, doubling back, up and down, that bone-jarring pothole that you thought you missed, that’s more like life or more like the life I know. In fact, every day has the potential to bring reversals of decisions and ideas, bumps from other people can jar your attitude and navigating other people can take all the skill and dexterity of a harbor pilot. Just today, Life happened and I again was surprised at myself. Surprised that I allowed myself to feel and think the way I did. Surprised that I reacted as easily as I did. But after a nap and a cycle run for ice cream with my sister, life looked  different. So life moves on.

Here’s a prayer request. When my parents came a week ago, none of their bags arrived with them. The following day, 8 of 9 arrived. Those kinds of numbers in any sport would be terrific but this isn’t a sport and we’d like to have that last bag. So if you think about it, pray that the lost would be found.

EJ         

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Take a Break

It’s great to be alive! Just take a deep breath and slowly exhale……ah! All that was done without effort…except for the concentration of taking a deep breath and relaxing. And imagine…no pain was involved. So do it again just in celebration of life. What freedom! Now, how about a time out from the pressures of life and being a social being and just go spend a hour doing whatever you want to. Go ahead…..and do it.

EJ

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The Last of Chile

Okay, at last, I’ve reached what I have decided will be the last post on my trip to Chile. Now, maybe I can post on some other things….if I post. Life is busy. That’s how it should be. If not, boredom would kill us. Actually maybe it is and we invent all kinds of activities to stay away from it and call it “busy”. But really and truly, life is busy and and won’t let up. For those of you who know the nature of my work, we’ve entered a stretch of constant visitors that won’t quit till the middle of December. Which in turn, means that much more running around. But I think I can find a measure of relief in my busyness. After all, I include my family in that list of visitors. So, bring it on!

 

 

Both of these pictures were taken at the Portillo ski resort located 2 hours north of Santiago. Hitting the slopes was one thing that we had wanted to do but it never materialized. Portillo closed the weekend before and we got here on a Monday. So close………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….and yet so far.

 

That’s it for now. If someone has a case of the winter blues, I’m here to deepen them. The weather is just amazing right now. Blue skies, warm sun and cold tea in the shade. There’s work to go around so you won’t be bored if you come. Viva Paraguay!

 

EJ

 

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