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Don't miss the trip

Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 11:17 AM

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.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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