The Zen of Traveling

013Garden in Virginia

It was another great day in the car with friends. We headed west from Knoxville to Nashville where the road divides into different interstate highways every few miles! Just keeping up with which lane you are supposed to be in takes two people. We stopped for gas and a little picnic lunch and then headed north on I-24 to cross the state of Kentucky. We saw a lot of signs for Andrew Jackson historic sites. Lots of stories from Deb about Jackson,  General Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans came up which meant that we needed to listen to the song by Johnny Horton.

We fired our guns and the British kept a coming,

There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.

We fired once more, and they began to running,

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

We decided to “take” the Last Train to Clarkesville as we passed Clarkesville, Tennessee. Looking at the Monkees singing that song on You Tube was like being on train traveling back in time. They looked so young in that video!

Take the last train to Clarkesville

And I’ll meet you at the station

You can be there by four-thirty

‘Cause I’ve made your reservation, don’t be slow…

Oh no, no, no…

The fun of listening to music from the past is made even more powerful by the memories that each of those songs stirs in our heart. We reminded ourselves yesterday to live in each moment of these days. This is not just “another trip”. So when I asked questions about where we were going after Indiana, the others reminded me to stay in the moment. So much of life is about planning the “next thing” and then the “next thing”. Gradually we are all beginning to relax into life centered on today.

One thought on “The Zen of Traveling

  1. What a gift to be able to live “life centered on today”! So rare is it for any of us to relax and enjoy the moment without concern for tomorrow. Gift. Enjoy…


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