Are we there yet?

Featured image: St Ives chocolate from friends in Lelant, Cornwall, UK. Here, at St Uny Church, St Michael’s Way crosses to St Michael’s Mount in the English Channel, part of the route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain,

Cogitation 52 Saturday 29 December 2019   My vivid memory of the “there” question is that of taking a nephew, Grant, from the city where he lived to grandpa and gram’s farm, sixty miles away.

I tried, not too successfully, to fill in the miles with diversionary conversation and assurances that we were c;lose to getting off the terribly busy and boring freeway.

Grant loved the farm.

And still does. More than three decades later, Grant and Laura own the farm and live there with their two children. They’re wonderful caretakers of the grand old place. Grant also loves flying. He scales the skies as captain of a commercial airliner.

 

Are we there yet?

Life has wonderful intervals that fill the spaces between start and destination. Here are some of my reflections on the question related to mostly recent matters:

  • Soon we’ll be at the end of 2018. Good. The ride has been up and down, tetchy on many local, national and global fronts; laid back, normal, change-filled on personal ones.
  • A month ago we moved, after 42 years in our previous home.  We’re getting settled. Still some pictures to put up. Closet space to organize. New routines to establish. Getting there.
  • Have all the address changes been done? Not yet.
  • Have we gotten new cards at Goshen Public Library? Yes, Thursday, late in the afternoon after the online service outage that affected all Elkhart County libraries was fixed. Returned the last book we read from the Elkhart Public Library: Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind, the 14th in her series on Surete du Quebec head Armand Gamache. Riveting  Highly recommended.
  • What took so long for our online order to arrive? Doesn’t matter. The delivery people finally found us with a gift for Christmas with friends last evening. There.
  • Is today the last dose of cold medicine I need to take? Hope so.
  • Have I walked from East to West, South to North on the 167-acre Greencroft Goshen campus? Yes.
  • How do the miles walked this year tally up? 1,380.5 as of Friday. The last leg is in sight.
  • Have we got all arrangements in place for spending some months of winter and spring in Cornwall UK? Pretty much.
  • Have I had my quota of chocolate for the year? Not there yet, Or, quota, what quota?
  • There you have it, my list of “there’s” for the week and year, and many moons..
“A funny thing happened on my way to not writing this book,” Penny notes in the Afterword. “I started writing.” Her books, she said, are about “the common yearning for community. For belonging. They’re about kindness, acceptance. Gratitude. They’re not so much about death, as life. And the consequences of the choices we make.”

 

The week in pix

Woodpecker kept tap tapping away, wisely not mistaking our standing still as dead wood.
A wildflower meadow on the Greencroft Goshen campus, a haven for wild life.
Lights in a neighborhood nearby. Notice the two Amish buggies leading the way, lower left.

 

Our lives in the journey of now

With “there” in view, I conclude with a centering-on-today quote from Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, also known as Pope John XXIII (1881-1963).

Only for today

Only for today, I will seek to live my day positively, without trying to solve the problems of my life all at once.

Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the next world, but also in this one.

Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will guard against haste and indecision.

Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as if I were the only person in the world.

Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness.

Saint John XXIII, canonized April 27, 2014

Happy New Year!

-John

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Are we there yet?

  1. There, almost another year done. Two days to go and then the beginning of a new year. So many new beginnings started at the end of this year and now we will see where 2019 takes us. And I think I better forego the chocolate in the new year, at least less of it, onward and upward, and as dad would say, “what’s next?” To be determined…..

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  2. Thanks, John, and Happy New Year to you and Marty. I see you have walked the grounds around Greencroft and discovered the Meadow and the Wildflowers! It looks like your settling in is going well and it won’t be long before you head to Cornwall!

    We are enjoying the 80 degree F. temperatures in Florida and watching the Sandhill Cranes on our pond make their loud calls and do their wild dances!

    Blessings in the New Year 2019: it has to get better!

    Monty & Ginger

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