This was originally my Fifth Ripple, first posted in the Spring of 2010. I've since expanded it into a power point slide show for a speaking engagement and a photo book for my coffee table (and those of a few friends and relatives). I love the way Mariana's prompts make my mind take flight and create things that would never occur to me on my own. Thank you!
I've traveled on some winding roads in my life.
Sometimes I've known where I was going...
Sometimes there have been signs along the way to guide me...
Sometimes the road has been so dark and mysterious, that I wasn't quite sure where I was going until I got there.
Other times I've stumbled along until the fog broke only to be surprised at where I'd arrived.
Sometimes the road has been smooth and free of potholes.
At other times, it's been rough going.
Sometimes the road has been so steep that I've been scared to even try to climb it.
...Such a tight squeeze that I thought I'd never make it to the other side.
I've seen a vision at the end of some of the roads I've been on... far off, and faint, but still there, beckoning, calling... enticing me to travel on, no matter how weary I am...
I've traveled roads that have taken me closer and closer to my dreams...
Sometimes the door at the end of the road has been flung wide open, ready, waiting to welcome me home.
Sometimes I've found a door closed. A dead end.
Sometimes the road has told me it's time to stop chasing those foolish dreams, to turn around and back track a bit.
The road has been steep at times, with many hills to climb.
The road is straight and easy-going today.
But there have been times that the road was so full of twists and turns that I didn't know which way to go.
There have been times I've felt like I was going in circles...
Or caught in a maze that I just couldn't seem to find my way out of.
Sometime the road has been drenched in sunlight, the sailing, smooth.
At times, the road has been so cold, and frigid, and bitter...
That I probably shouldn't have even been out on the road in the first place.
Every once in awhile there's been a rainbow to show me I'm on the right path.
Sometimes there's been a nice place to rest along the way...
Or a view that takes my breath away...
And I know that it's all been worthwhile.
Sometimes I've driven for miles and hardly seen a soul...
Other times, the streets have been so crowded with people, all heading who knows where, that I've been tempted to hide until they all go away.
But I always seem to find a way through the maze.
And so I will keep on traveling, until the road leads me to my final resting place...
a heavenly home beyond compare.
But until then... well, sometimes the sweetest place really is home.
The Long and Winding Road by Sherrie Hansen
Chapter One... Home on the Range
Chapter Two... The Happy Wanderer
Chapter Three... Rocky Mountain High
Chapter Four... Country Roads, Take Me Home
Chapter Five... In His Time