If we aren't careful we can get so focused on our destination we completely miss the trip. I am getting ready to take a short "road trip" to view the fall foliage, and I have already started thinking about what I am going to do when I get there.
I wonder why it is so hard for me to just relax and take what comes one minute at a time. I have always been one to need a list. If I don't have a plan, I just can't get motivated.
When all of this started running through my mind, I tried to stop and tell myself -- "You are going to see the fall colors on the trees, don't worry about the rest of it. You do not need an itinerary."
We'll see how it works.
I know I drive my family crazy sometimes with my details. You would think I would learn after all of these years.
As I was thinking about it, I wondered what those miners in Chile thought as they took the trip in the capsule-looking elevator out of the dark hole they had been trapped in for weeks. I can only imagine how they felt when they reached the top. I am sure they were focused on their destination -- freedom.
It really took some engineering and expertise to create their escape hatch. I have been fascinated with each one of the miners I have seen step out.
I also have been surprised to hear some say they are going back to mining. I don't know if I could make myself go back. I would more than likely be looking for another career -- one on top of the ground.
Their families have expressed their appreciation to everyone who worked so hard to make a way for their survival while they were trapped for 69 days a half mile down, and their rescue which was very successful and went faster than was anticipated.
We all enjoy stories with a happy ending, and this has all of the makings of a great book and a movie.
It also serves as a lesson for us not to give up -- as long as there is life, there is hope.