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Monday, September 14, 2009

Crossing the Bridge Part 1 - Known For

I just traveled 1865.76 miles across the great nation of The United States of America from Phoenix, AZ to Knoxville, TN, along Interstate 40, which parallels Historic Route 66 (I don’t know how many times I saw that sign…okay, got it, Route 66 is historic. Write it in my diary…). My Daniel manned the controls of our monstrous Penske that pulled our Element (a.k.a. Pearl) and I navigated. We hit six states – Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, each with distinct personalities, like characters in a story.

America is blessed to be diverse both in geography as well as in population. But that’s not the main thing that stuck in my mind as we drove. Impossible not to notice, each place rung true to what it is known for. For example, when I think of Oklahoma, I think of tornados. Well, driving across the plains, we watched storm clouds erupt on the horizon and mighty webs of lightening tangle across the sky. Breathtaking. When we crossed into TN, we ate dinner at this BBQ place that had Blues playing in the background, and I felt like I experienced quintessential Memphis because that’s what they’re known for.

It made me think… what do I want to be known for? I can say I want to be known for this or that, but am I doing what is necessary to follow through on the words? Or am I just talk?

The point here is this: figure out what you want to be known for, and then act accordingly.

4 comments:

KM Wilsher said...

Nice! This is great-beyond great!

mmm What do I want to be known for?

That trip sounds like a blast, like a great bonding time for you and your Daniel! Can't purchase experiences like that :)

lynnrush said...

Right on, sister. It's a good reminder.

lynnrush said...

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Lori Lundquist said...

Thanks for reading AND commenting, ladies! And what an honor, Lynn, for the nom. I'm touched. Thanks!