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  • You know sometimes when you stop, really stop and reflect, you see how good or even great your life is. Your kids and grandkids are all doing well, your health is good aside from those few issues that come of old age. You eat healthy and are regular (please!... this is important in your later years) and you are not living paycheck to paycheck. You can plan to take trips, as well as have dreams that you know you will never realize because you are most certainly on the downhill slope of this lifetime. And you are doing great and golden and grace-filled. But you worry about everything, and it is driving you nuts. You cannot see any situation in your past where you have not landed on your feet like a cat from the 10th floor, but still you worry and drag your heels on every decision.

    Like this trip to the UK. Takes you weeks to decide to go. You start out in York and meet Peter, whom you haven't seen in a year, and then travel to Scotland where he was born and raised, and he hasn't been back to in 40+ years. So you get the rental car and load it up with luggage and maps and bottles of water and cups of fresh coffee and sweaters/jumpers and head out with him driving because the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car... You start to think about all the other crap that can go wrong with this trip. What if you can't stand him after two days or what if he can't stand you? What if you can only get potatoes and haggis and no salads or cheese? What if I brought the wrong jeans? And then you see a sign to Bonnyrig. What a great name! It sounds like a neat place where everything is... well.. bonny. What can go wrong? And then, unfurling before your eyes is a rainbow. Hope? God's promise to Noah? A promise that all will be well if you just let go and just LIVE what is in front of you.

    (And that two people can post stories about the same event(s) and be an ocean apart, confirms my belief in the divine...)
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