Dreaming of Another Place

Front Porch 2015The other day a discussion about what to spend our money on when we win the big millions provoked some thought for me.  My initial response was “I’m out’a here,” which meant travel, travel, travel.

Where would I go first if I won that $50,000,000?.  That is where would I go after I go the bank and the lawyer?  Securing my future, that of my children and grandchildren comes first.

There are so many places on my bucket list that my bucket is a barrel but I do believe my first stop would be Scotland.  Something about the thought of highlands and the drone of pipes in the mores stirs my heart and grounds me all at the same time.  I think I would linger in the heather on a hill and breathe deeply for hours without needing much else.

If I had endless money for travel I think I would want to be anywhere it was early fall all the time.  I’m not sure what early fall looks like in most places but here it means warm days, cool nights and the water is still warm enough to swim in.  I am not a lover of heat at all.  In fact it makes me very ill so I need to avoid it but even warmer climates must have times when the weather moderates and is more livable.   That is when I want to be in the exotic places like the Pacific Islands, China, India and the near east.

Speaking of the near east, that would likely be my second stop.  I have a great desire to walk the ground in Israel where Jesus and the prophets walked.  I spoke with a friend a while back who had just returned from there and she was spellbound.  To walk on those paths and understand better the culture and climate which affected so much of the world and the faith which is so much a part of who I am would be the accomplishment of a 35 year wish.

While it might be nice to visit the Caribbean for a little while I’m not so much into the commercialism of the beach.  I grew up on a beach and the part I love is the quiet walks at sunset and snorkeling near shore.

The same goes for the cruise idea.  As nice as it would be to travel on a big cruise ship just once I think I would prefer the trips that travel the ancient rivers of Europe or along the coastlines of Canada.

Yes I want a little noise in my travel but it should include theater wherever it is – London, New York – or art in Venice, Rome, Paris.  I want to sit for an hour and admire the Mona Lisa and twirl under the frescoes of Rome.

That was a fun little departure from reality but still the sweet little spot on the front porch or in the garden by the pond is good enough for now.

Where would you go if you could travel?  What would be first on your list?  What would be willing to skip?

And if you never get to travel can your heart be happy on the front porch or on a nearby beach?


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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