Doug Bruns

7.23.2017

In Travel, Wisdom on July 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

A Lesson in Three Wishes

I learned a few things while living on the road these last fifteen months. They are simple things that I think I’d learned previously but had forgotten. That is one thing travel does well, it shifts the course of things if you let it, revealing both old and new.

The sun comes up in the morning and goes down in the evening. Likewise, the day will pass of its own accord. These things occur naturally regardless of one’s plans. While traveling, I found myself frequently summarizing, “Well, another day that took care of itself.” Travel without an agenda is liberating this way. It is less an experience of managing a day and more a realization of the day’s flow.  I wish to make my life more flow, less managing.

Do less. I borrow from Marcus Aurelius on this one:

“If you seek tranquility, do less. Do what’s essential. Do less, better.”

Travel days were best when we did something, but not everything. We did less, but we did it better. It falls into the realm of better understanding one’s nature. If you have some insight into your nature, exploit it. You don’t have to swing for the fences every time, but nurture what works for you. We fell into a natural rhythm on this trip, a gentle flow of following our curiosity. I wish to make my life less wide, but deeper in this way.

We spent a good bit of time in rural America, on back roads and in little towns. The people we met were for the most part kind and warm. But rural America is a hard place. Too often I found myself in judgement, in judgement of the powerful forces at work that make for such hardship; and, honestly, too often in judgement of the people subjected to such challenges. I was a blue traveler in a red country. And what to make of that? Smile. Say thank you. Be pleasant. Listen well. Look a person in the eye. The web of existence links us all. I wish to remember and better practice that.

 

 

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  1. Blue travelor in a red state. Something sad about seeing u write that you felt that way. I’ve seen removable magnetic Trump bumper stickers though which may have been useful.

  2. Well said, Doug.

  3. One of our favorites so far, Doug! That is the kind of post that takes 15 months to be able to write! 😉

    On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 5:03 AM, …the house I live in… wrote:

    > Doug Bruns posted: “A Lesson in Three Wishes I learned a few things while > living on the road these last fifteen months. They are simple things that I > think I’d learned previously but forgotten. That is one thing travel does > well, it shifts the course of things if you let it” >

    • Katie ~ So wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for the note and the kind words. I have an email draft that I started to write you in early May, inspired by your post about home. I’m going to go finish that up right now and send it on its way. Please forgive me for not being more attentive to our correspondence. Best to Tom, D

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