I left Montana on Wednesday and traveled by Amtrak train to Portland, Oregon. A long, but beautiful ride into the state of Washington and then to Oregon. I met some people from all over the country as we shared our collective stories of where we have been and where we are going.
Life changes and so we must too. The question isn’t, “Will we change?” but “How will we change?”
Thankfully, where we have been is not where we are today and who we were is not who we are now.
Back to Montana…
Whitefish Montana has a great historical depot built in the 1920s. You can help support their continued preservation of the depot by buying used books for your travels for a dollar. There is a little envelope to put your money in and a small selection of varied genre paperbacks to choose off of the rack.
I love those win-win scenarios when both parties end up benefiting as equally as possible. Both entities moving forward as they work together to have their needs and goals met. Neither party getting intentionally hurt or marginalized in the process.
Obtaining a win-win, growing, moving forward, and becoming better requires us to change. There will have to be stretching out of comfort zones, making plans, committing to them, and following your head and heart even when silence, criticism, and lack of understanding greets you.
Because with every moment of criticism there will be acceptance and loud cheering from everywhere.
Because with every moment of mis-understanding there will be love, support, and helpful understanding from a multitude of friends, family, and strangers.
Yielding and kindness will be required on your part too, as well as humility, grace, patience and loads of love.
(Remember the men’s bathroom story?)
You want the journey, the people, and the places to have changed you and them for the better.
Remember, you’re after a win-win.
I’m with family now and will be for a week or so. It seems a great spot to wrap up the public side of this journey.
I am extremely thankful for all of you. Supporters. Friends. Family. Strangers too who visited here.
I’m also grateful for the other gifts from stretching out and wandering…
Good-byes, hellos, grandeur of creation that needs our best efforts to protect it, patience, forgiveness, change for the better, love, questions asked, questions answered, and some questions still unanswered, and learning about salt and light.
I’m thankful for kindness, words, ( Lord, where would I be without words?), hot water, Telula, Volt, denarios, love, space, mountains, water, warm sleeping bags, train rides, books, paper, pens, fun stamps, and bear spray.
Safe travels everyone for your journeys ahead.
I will be home around July 6th. Ish.
A 30 day loop.
Full of Peace and Joy.