"Gen closed his eyes, leaned forward, and put his head on his knees. Sleep was a country for which he could not obtain a visa. 'Commas,' he said through a yawn, 'pause the sentence and separate ideas.'"
"You just have to live, Ave, and let life unfold. Say what you mean. You can't always think about what you've lost, or what you don't have, or what you didn't get. Because when you do that, you're missing out on the now... We shouldn't let a day go by when we don't stop and think about what we are to each other and how the best part of that is the part that changes. That's the mystery. And that's the part of people that's divine. Accepting the unknown and trusting it." -Jack in Home To Big Stone Gap, A Big Stone Gap Novel, p 162, by Adriana Trigiani
Amazing how the smallest unexpected graces can bring such delight
and refocus thoughts in a positive way - the sparkle of light revealing
hidden colours in a winter creek bed, a chatty gathering of glossy green-head ducks, or another driver actually signalling
into the traffic circle.
Perhaps the Lewis and Clark exploration team felt what this quote expresses....and even looked down a similar water-path! I'm extremely impressed anytime I ponder the tenacity of previous generations who forged ahead in the face of varied physical hindrances - and without all our modern "must-haves". There's something to be said for making your own way - and there are plenty of modern-day pioneers still to admire. For inspiration (or maybe more at "whew, glad that's not me!"), check out the latest posts from the Canadian Renegade(s).