The Spirit Of The Road.

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I was never really the kind of guy who could tell you the exact make and model of a car. I can’t give you all the specs of the engine or transmission. But what I can tell you is about the spirit of the road. Not the daily doldrum of commuting but the freedom of exploration. The ability to get away from the daily grind and take a route that you’ve never really experienced even though you may have passed through. The spirit of the road is the windows down and the music loud as you cruise along without a care in the world. When I was a kid we still had roadside parks with picnic shelters for those travelers who are ready for a break. There used to be wide spots on the berm of Route 60 going up Gauley Mountain that were not “official” overlooks but gave stunning views of the New River Gorge. The spirit of the road is a small diner at the intersection of two interstate highways that serves the best ever monster sized hotdogs and the small service station that still has an attendant who comes out to fill your tank and check your fluids. Finally, the spirit of the road is a shortcut that leads back home.

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Life In One Moment

They say that life is more about the journey than the destination. I have a different idea of how important the destination is but the journey is more than just getting from point A to point B. It’s kinda hard to put into words but life should be about living. We are far more than just biological machines meant to perform repetitive tasks so that we can earn money which is to be handed over to someone else. Life is a spiritual exploration of God through His creation. Life is more than a measure of time which we perceive in small slices.

A few minutes ago something happened and tomorrow we will experience something else. We mark the nature of time by the occurrence of events and line them up in a neat order. You might think that tonight’s feature image is of a barn, a road, power lines, plants and clouds. But it’s not. It’s a map of time. The old barn on the left is the past fading away behind a vail. The plants and clouds are the present day having it’s season and moment to flourish. Road before us and the power lines that stretch out into the distance are the future that draws us ever closer to the destination.

All three elements in one point as a single occurrence. Each with it’s aspects but never truly separate. We can only pause for a moment of observation and check our progress before moving forward. In that pause be sure to check your bearings and experience life more than existence.

Open Schedule And An Open Road.

The road ahead stretches on.

The sky is full of clouds that are smiling down.

The sun warm and friendly.

And the wind, … the wind whispers ever so softly. “Chosen”.

I grip and twist the accelerator and answer the call with a grin.

The deep growl of raw horsepower surges over my body as I catch up with the wind.

Two wheels, one headlight and an open road.

Some days, the adventure chooses you.

Course Corrections

A few days ago I wrote about The Unknown Destiny. I indicated that God has a plan for our lives. But that doesn’t mean that I’m a fatalist. I do believe that God gave us the gift and the right of free will. (Which he will not violate but that’s a topic for another day. ) As beings of free will we have a great potential. . . to make mistakes. Now, there’s an endless list of errors and pitfalls that we can examine. They can all be broken down into two groups.

1. Mistakes made due to bad information or a lack of knowledge.

2. Mistakes made due to a failure to accept good information or gaining knowledge.

On my day job I often joke that erroneous was the ancient god of blunders and that any mistake on my paperwork was due to his mischief. But ultimately we all must take responsibility for our own actions.

So if mistakes can be lumped into two main categories then what about resolutions?

I say there’s two types resolutions as well.

1. Immediate & 2. Delayed.

The advantage of the immediate resolution should be obvious. The sooner an error is uncovered the less energy it takes to correct the problem.

The results of the delayed resolution then would mean expending more time and energy to bring things back into balance. But, there’s a compound problem with the delayed resolution. Human nature is , well…lazy. Because of our limited energy we tend to not want to accept a mistake that takes great effort to resolve. We ignore the problem. We misplace blame. We will do anything it takes to avoid expending the energy it takes to break down the error and start over. The whole time these errors gain more energy and momentum and become harder to resolve.

What does that have to with my photo above? Let’s take a second look at it.

It looks as though the road leads to the mountain and the sunbeam in the background. That’s because I created the illusion that it does with forced perspectives. In reality, the road curves off to the right and makes a circle back to place where I am standing with my camera. If we assumed we could follow the road and reach the mountain we would make a bad choice based on a lack of knowledge. But, if we follow the road and refused to accept truth when we reach the curve we would go around in circles until we give up on our goal or collapse from exhaustion. The sooner we accept the need for a course correction the easier it is to get to our goal.

Coming home 

Open your heart, I’m coming home- Pink Floyd 1979

Currently,  I still have a day job.  My obligations keep me away from the ones I love.  There’s nothing more pleasing to my eyes than the roads that take me home.  The quote from Pink Floyd may have a deeper esoteric interpretation but to me it describes the heart’s cry to be with someone he loves.  Home lies just beyond the setting sun and my heart’s desires fuels the journey.  

A SHAY REPRODUCTION ROADSTER AND A THOUGHT ON DRIVERLESS CARS

I’ve always loved the artistry of older cars and Trucks.  Some people can quickly rattle off the make and model.  They’ll tell you all about the horsepower,  fuel economy and history that went into the vehicle.  I’m not that guy.  I’m the guy that just wants to drive.  And yet there’s something special about early models. The curve of fender.  The chrome and leather along with the fine woodwork created something that was more than the sum of its parts.  Driving a roadster is about the journey more than just the destination.  

Pictured here is a Shay reproduction vehicle based on the 1929 Roadster.  It was made in the 1980s. I think about the world that we are going to live in within the next 20 years.  Will a car even have a steering wheel? More sophisticated doesn’t necessarily mean more perfect.  The melding of man and machine was perfected decades ago in a time when iron and steel merged with flesh and spirit to produce the freedom of an open road.