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Poems and Prayers and Promises

I have made it back home safely. Besides taking care of normal home chores, I have had time to reflect on my 12 days on the road, peruse through 15,000 images and thumb through 50 pages in my journal. While mulling over these treasures, it became quite apparent that the foundation for these trips is the music I listen to. I have a very eclectic library of songs I bring with me on these trips. They seemed to be a journey in itself. It transcends you another time and place, inspires you and allows you to ponder your future.

John Denver’s Poems and Prayers and Promises influenced my journal entry on September 29th.

Just a little over halfway through my trip and tonight I feel so grateful for this opportunity to take time selfishly just for me. It has renewed, restored, and given me time to just breathe.

I listened to Poems and Prayers and Promises, a song that seemed to be lost deep in my music library. The lyrics really resonated with me today.

“I've been lately thinking about my life's time All the things I've done, how it's been And I can't help believing in my own mind I know I'm gonna hate to see it end”

As I get a little older and a little grayer, I can’t imagine a time that I won’t be taking these solo trips. This time that helps keep my soul centered.

Then there were these words from the song:

“I've seen a lot of sunshine, slept out in the rain Spent a night or two all on my own…I have to say it now, it's been a good life, all in all.”

Yes, without a doubt I have been blessed in my life. There certainly have been trials and tribulations along the way. The times I fell down, but those times taught me how to pick myself back up.

Wow! And then there was this section of the song that really seemed to mirror all my thoughts so far on this trip:

“The days they pass so quickly now, nights are seldom long Time around me whispers when it's cold The changes somehow frighten me, still I have to smile It turns me on to think of growing old

For though my life's been good to me there's still so much to do So many things my mind's never known”

So much more to see and do – cross those entries off the proverbial bucket list. Although, there seems to be a sense of peace in growing older. A time to reflect on how wonderful life has been. How blessed I am for family, friends and opportunities.

“Talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in How sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care How long it's been since yesterday and what about tomorrow? What about our dreams and all the memories we share?”

Seriously? What a beautiful thought – how sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care. We need more John Denver’s in our life.


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