"Life is a Journey, Not a Destination"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has been an incredibly busy spring and summer for many and with busyness, I think we all can lose the "moment". You know the one. The moment that was obliterated and rushed when it could have been cherished and valued, but all too soon we realize we missed it. Sometimes that moment comes during a discussion with your teen or husband, you know, that moment when your mind wanders off onto the list of dozens of tasks until you focus and realize you missed an important thought or feeling that was being shared. Or those moments when a valuable moment is missed as each family member rushes out the door without goodbye, a hug or a kiss. Life is about sharing the "moments", often with family, and recognizing the value in a moment before it slips away.
Randy and I had one such day of moments which he wrote about called the Adventure of Marriage. I have to admit, that was a day I will never forget, but I don't quite remember it the same way. But I will also admit, it was a day where in fear and frustration, I missed a number of valuable moments. As I read Randy's version of the day, I wondered how we can have such different perspectives of the same situation. But that is my husband's way. He chooses to look at life with humour and to enjoy it as an adventure, no matter what life throws a him, and every challenge is an opportunity to grow and learn. Me? I married into this life of adventure and often feel like I fall into these adventures just simply due to the company I keep! I like the beauty of the bush, but I don't like bugs. I love the newness of the trail in the spring, but I don't like the mud, muck and mire. I love the safety and piece of mind I have in my cozy cabin in the north woods, but rarely do I enjoy the obstacles along the trail getting there.
In this particular adventure, regretfully, I lost a number of moments when I forgot to enjoy the journey getting there...even after the danger was passed...time with my husband, away from the busyness and obligations of life in 'civilization". This adventure in my marriage, was a reminder to me that life is not always about the destination, but most often it is about the accumulated moments in the journey of getting there...wherever "there" may be, for each of us.
Here are some photos and video of that day. The Argo video is of us jack-knifed in the river with the trailer. The video of the river shows how the river went down in only 4 days! The last photo is of Shane sitting on the bridge 2 weeks later, no overflowing water...BUT 5 days later, we had overflowing water AGAIN almost 3 weeks after my marriage adventure when the beaver dams let loose and the far north thawed some more :) But that is an adventure tale for another time.