Hidden Surprise

Hi there, welcome back.

It’s a good day to be on our journey.

One thing I love about this life journey we travel, are the surprises.  If you are open and on the look-out, you’ll see things others miss.

Side Note: Have you ever seen a photograph of something simple and ordinary that was transformed into a work of beauty.  The eye of the photo artist saw something that we did not see.

They took the picture and with a little cropping away of the portions that distract, they captured the center-point of beauty.  And we, the casual on looker, now enjoy the beauty only because the cluttered distractions are removed.

I want to be one who finds amazing things in what seems to be an ordinary day.  First of all, we have to realize that no day is ordinary and secondly that there actually exists the extraordinary amidst the clutter of life.

Today is a good day.  It’s not that I feel particularly good or happy.  I just happen to see a jewel in the clutter.

A friend of mine was in South Carolina all last week attending the funeral of her Aunt Georgia.  It was a time of celebrating a life well lived and reconnecting with extended family.

In the usual chit chat of talking about the funeral and reconnecting with the family I was shown the program of the funeral and the life of Mrs. Georgia.  The program had the typical things but it was there I found my jewel.

The family included sections I had never seen before in a funeral program.  The sections were…  Mrs. Georgia’s Memorable Phrases, Her Passions, and Her Lessons for Life.

I love homespun wisdom.  The profound is in the simple.

Sadly, homespun wisdom is being lost.  We live in a day and time of being bombarded with hype and glitz.  All the media phrases are focus group tested, polished perfect and spun with exacting precision.

But then you have someone like Mrs. Georgia who crossed my path via a funeral program.  Little did she know that one of her simple phrases of life would catch my eye and validate my desired approach to life.

Apparently she would say this phrase to her kids when they were considering life options.

“Go on until your road ends”

- Mrs. Georgia Etta Jones Wharton (1926-2010)

Simple, succinct and right on.  In six words there is a powerful message for each of us.

“Go” – be active, don’t sit on side of the road watching life go by

“Your road” – each of us has their own road to travel

“Ends” – our roads may be different length

I would hate to think that at my death I had more road to travel.  I want to travel light and travel well.

On my road today I found a jewel.  It has been a good day of traveling.

See you Thursday.

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3 comments

  1. Gladys Wharton Kwadu

    Hi Mr Rushing,

    Thank you!

    I am one of the eight children of Mrs Georgia Etta Jones.
    Her words has been our guide and continue to comfort us.
    Thank for the way that you expanded on her great wisdom.

    Our prayers are that you will continue bless others as you have
    blessed us.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Gladys

  2. My pleasure. Thank you for your kind words.

    It is important for us all to remember that wisdom imparted and fond memories are what we leave behind. We should all carry the legacy of Mrs. Georgia forward by doing the same.

    God Bless.

  3. I love Mrs Georgia’s phrase. Even more, I love that you got the “jewel” AND that you passed it on to all of us. Recognizing the beautiful. Creating the beauty in the ordinary is one of the great purposes in life. You created beauty in capturing Mrs Georgia’s phrase and putting into a context that makes it beautiful for us to see. Thanks, my friend.

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