blogger’s return journey – part one
- I spent five weeks visiting my mother during Chanukah (an eight day holiday). Now, I am returning to Arizona via Amtrak as usual. Heading north, stop after stop reminds me of the multitude of defining moments along the journey of life. Apropos of each moment in time, the significant points of realization that sum up a chapter in your personal book of life, is the lasting value of reward, for having born the weight of the experience. Of course, this is a vague description of what might otherwise be referred to as times of endurance, hardship, and spiritual growth. The true value, a sacred footprint from the journey of life is the essence of living.
- Here in NYC for a day, visiting my brother, before my next train to Chicago – the hub of most trains heading to various parts of the country. While here in the Big Apple, I am able to spend quality time with family; also, I get to recuperate from the first part of the journey, while preparing myself for the rest. One advantage of taking the train, instead of a plane is the overall pace that fosters reflection along the way. Whether stopping over in NYC for a day, or relaxing in my seat on the train, I am blessed with the moments that count. Baruch H’Shem (Thank G-d).
- In motion again on the train tracks, heading out from NYC to Chicago – midway to my destination. Life’s journeys always have signature moments along the way. Time spent well with a focus on quality, as opposed to quantity is what counts for me. There are only so many minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, etcetera. As I mature over time, H’Shem willing, I gain understanding across the years of changes in my life.
“Thou has counted my wanderings; put Thou my tears into Thy bottle; are they not in Thy book?” – Psalm 56:9, JPS 1917 Tanach