Rivers and Roads


I want to speak about roads. I am fascinated with roads. Paths to a journey of unknown adventures across foreign landscapes. Freedom. Routes covered with trees, vines, branches, and thick growth of ever changing seasonal colors. All leading to a connection that brings us together in this world. Peacefully meandering through BAM … Ka-thump Ka-thump!! Crap, I think I just hit something! 
I love how every inspirational speaker tries to use the metaphor of a road when discussing life. I must admit, as a leadership teacher, I am indeed guilty of this same overused life metaphor. Let’s really see if this is true. Should ‘roads’ be our “go to” symbolism for life?
1. ‘Take the high road’

Who really wants to do that! What if I fall off?! I think of winding mountain roads where you sit forward in your seat trying not to think or look and the thousands of feet of cliff face to your side. Sweaty palms. Thinking, who in their right mind decided, ‘yeah, um, I think I’ll put the road right here next to certain death’. I guess the adrenaline is fun, but it just makes me need to tinkle. 
2. ‘Fork in the Road’ 

This week, as I put many kilometers on my car, I was privileged to be on many different roads. I even saw a fork in a road. No seriously, a sculpture of the dining for about ten feet tall was stuck in the road in north Adelaide. Yes, I made a joke to everyone around me. It was marvelous. However, thinking of forks makes me hungry. 
3. ‘Road Kill’

I think of a poor yearling cow in the fall of 1993 that lost its poor life to a college girl on her way hiking in the Colorado Rockies. Dearest cow, you will never be forgotten. I will enjoy each bacon cheeseburger thinking of you. I think I have seen more road kill along the roads of South Australia than anywhere. Seriously little kangaroos, please stay in the trees, I practically give myself aneurysm each time I drive. My heart will break if I hit a wombat. 
4. ‘Roads less Traveled’

Little ones, I suppose. 
5. ‘Road work’

Seriously! Winter, spring, summer, and construction season! Do I really need to slow for road works on a Sunday night? I most love watching crews of 25 workers watching one guy fill in a pot hole. No, I’m kidding that’s exaggerating…23. 
So how is this real life? What can we learn from our real life roads?
1. It’s ok to have sweaty palms, awkward giggles, and a sudden need to tinkle; it means you are on the road perfectly designed for YOUR life adventure. 
2. Eat lots of delicious meals with forks, or chopsticks, or just your fingers. Meals with many friends, good wine, and incredible conversation. Meals with those you love…and want to love. 
3. Be safe. The journey has dangers. We all want you to arrive safe. Make good choices, and know you are loved. 
4. You don’t always have to take the long way, some adventures are right next to you. 
5. The more people on the road with you, the less work, more fun, and bigger the road! Life is never meant to be alone. Grab a shovel and dig in. Fix those potholes of life and continue on with the family you make around you. 
Hum, I guess it does work. Roads are the perfect metaphor for life. Funny. Now all you need is to figure out how a ‘crossing chicken’ is a metaphor for life roads. 
Go enjoy your journey today. 
Today…my blog is dedicated to my dear friend. I am honored to call you friend. Thank you for loving kiddos with me. I wish you the best in your journey. I’ll meet you again along a river or road. 

3 thoughts on “Rivers and Roads

  1. In my last week of teaching (for now), I’ve come to face the inevitable realization of the road I’ll be traveling on; this post helps provide closure. I’m taking so many of the intangible gifts that you’ve given me with me in my heart. I can’t help but want to start talking about how all of the biology things that I’m uncertain about (veins and arteries?) are roads themselves, and how they carry much needed things to my heart.

    Anyway, I carry your words with me and our shared experiences, and I’ll hold on to them dearly. I’ve learned so much from you, and I feel so connected to you no matter the distance. I adore you, Jennie, and I’m so grateful for our friendship, and the opportunity you gave me to learn how to love kids and let them know that life is really about connections and experiences and remembering and dreaming.

    You are so incredible. Thanks for being in my life and making it so much better.

    So much love for you,
    Marc

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  2. In my last week of teaching (for now), I’ve had to face the inevitable realization of the road I’ll be traveling on; this post helps provide closure. I’m taking so many of the intangible gifts that you’ve given me with me in my heart. I can’t help but want to start talking about how all of the biological things that I’m uncertain about (veins and arteries?) are roads themselves, and how they carry much needed things to my heart.

    Anyway, I carry your words with me and our shared experiences, and I’ll hold on to them dearly. I’ve learned so much from you, and I feel so connected to you no matter the distance. I adore you, Jennie, and I’m so grateful for our friendship, and the opportunity you gave me to learn how to love kids and let them know that life is really about connections and experiences and remembering and dreaming.

    You are so incredible. Thanks for being in my life and making it so much better.

    So much love for you,
    Marc

    Like

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