Last night we drove at full speed from the airport to the Château. Highway signs announced turnoffs to places, some known to me and others yet unencountered.
Life is like that. We are presented with countless opportunities to divert, where our destiny would have been quite different. Sometimes we think 'what if...' But since these choices were never made, there seems no point in considering them. Best to forget the past, especially pasts that never happened.
Villages sped by in a blur. Life does this too, especially after you reach 50 years old.
I spent the one-hour's drive meditating on this and of my fortune in being chauffeur-driven in a comfortable Mercedes here and there in my mission of sharing what I have with the world.
The sun started to set as we approached our destination. With every sunset another day is gone forever. Have we used our time well?
The countryside became more and more rural and rugged, with sweet little villages zooming by, one by one.
We took a left turn and the chateau was only minutes away.
Here we are, at 'la maison d'hôte'. Yet another resting place in life's constant journey.
Despite the incredible planning and hard work that goes into a tour like this, when it all comes down to the actual event, it runs like clockwork.
This never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Man proposes, God disposes. And whatever talents, little intelligence and facilities we have been given is a gift. It should be recognised, appreciated, fine-tuned, used for a higher purpose, and shared with others.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to
forgo their use."
--- Galileo Galilei
Posted by Kurma on 1/7/05; 9:10:40 PM
from the Travel dept.