Faith NON-stop!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yesterday was a catch-up day. I had driven quite a distance the past two days and decided to stay in Nipigon and catch-up and not do much. I wrote the last two entries on faith, though I didn't post them until I arrived in Winnipeg, watched a movie, drove around Nipigon (took all of 10 minutes), did some reading, walked around the campground. Did lots, or not much, depending on your point of view as to what consists of "doing something". What I didn't do what "drive".

I did stop in at the Husky House Restaurant for some lunch. The one waitress there was quite frazzled when I arrived. It was busy and someone mustn't have arrived for their shift as one section of the restaurant was closed. She sees me as she's walking by and says she'll be right back with a menu. I smile and say "no hurry". I get the menu, say thanks and smile (send out positive energy) at the waitress. I watch her as she continues serving the other customers and notice a change in her attitude. She starts smiling and joking with the customers. She's very busy taking orders, bringing food and taking payments but she's now enjoying herself and no longer seems frazzled. Did my smile, "no hurry" comment and sending positive energy her way change things? Maybe, maybe not. But I did notice a change in the waitress. Why not believe that we can effect change in others with our own attitude. Be aware the next time someone in a miserable mood walks into the room you are in and see how it affects your mood. I guarantee you that in no time you will start having negative feelings. Start taking the initiative and send out positive vibes to those around you. You'll feel better in the long run.

When I paid my bill I left a bigger then expected tip. The waitress needed reinforcement that a positive attitude does bring unexpected results.

I didn't rush to get ready this morning. The drive to Fort Frances would be short (relatively of late) and I didn't hit the road until 9h30. I drive the hour to Thunder Bay and stop at the Visitor Information center and Terry Fox memorial. Now here is an inspirational individual...Terry Fox.

Stricken with cancer at the age of 18, decides to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Virtually ignored at the beginning of his run in Saint John's NL, the nation rallied behind him and were stunned and shocked when he was forced to stop in Thunder Bay after having run over 5000 kilometres. His legacy still stands today with annual walks/runs around the country that has raised over 400 million dollars since he has passed away.

Just a side-note that we never know how large an impact we can have on the future. Any of us can be a Terry Fox.

It was a beautiful fall day for driving. Highway 11 towards Fort Frances had little traffic and the nature was amazing. Every so often I'd stop at a rest stop along one of the many lakes and just take in the peace and beauty.

As I'm driving I realize that I've gained an hour, an indication that I'm getting closer to home. I had a feeling that I'd be in Fort Frances by 2 PM. At 1h59 I cross the town Welcome sign.

I drive through town looking for a campground and a gas station that I can easily pull in with the trailer. Drive by a few gas stations but they all have lots of customers or the pumps aren't easily accessible. No campgrounds in sight.

But there's something wrong. Things don't feel right. It doesn't feel like I should be stopping here. A little voice inside of me is telling me to continue on to Winnipeg, 450 kilometres further. But I still need gas. The GPS says there's an ESSO station a few kilometres up the road. Actually, the GPS says there are stations that are closer, but I'm straddling the US border and the Exxon stations are on the other side of the border. Clearing customs to get gas isn't an option. I get to the location where the GPS says there a gas station and it's an empty field. I really need an update for this GPS. Technology is great, but you have to stay up to date. The world we live in is constantly changing.

The next gas station, as per the GPS, is further then I would like it to be...especially since I have no idea how accurate my fuel gauge is. I have faith that I will find a gas station when I need it. Within a half hour I find an Esso station. The station owner drove into the station from the opposite direction just as I was driving in. He starts filling up the truck and we start chatting. He states that it's about 40 minutes shorter going through the USA and Minnesota then heading north towards Kenora and staying in Canada. With my trailer there's a good chance the US border agents could delay me and then at the Canada Customs office I could get delayed even longer due to the new tires on my truck (they have these yellow and red dots on them that haven't worn off yet that indicate that they are new). My time saving from taking a "short-cut" could quickly disappear. I decide on staying in Canada.

I arrive in Winnipeg as the sun is setting behind some buildings. The sun on the horizon is huge and it's partially hidden behind some buildings as I'm driving directly towards it. The sight is amazing. Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures.

My timing was perfect. As the sun was getting lower and lower in the sky during the final hour of my westerly drive, the truck visor stopped the sun from blinding me. Just when the sun was about to dip below the visor, between the truck hood and the visor, the road changed direction just enough (north-westerly) so that the sun was now behind the visor on the side window.

Now, how does my drive today relate to faith? You didn't think you'd get away without hearing how I compare my life experiences with my theories about life.

Fort Frances was a stop I wanted to make just because I try as much as possible to not follow the same road twice. Might as well see as much, different, countryside as possible. If I ended up in Winnipeg anyway, some could argue that I took the "wrong" road and could have shaved a couple hours off my driving time by staying on the main highway. I know I was on the right road because of my "feeling" as to what time I would arrive in Fort Frances and the conversation I had with the gas station owner. He confirmed my feelings (I won't expand on that theory at this time) as someone we meet, or comes into our life, who is similar to who we are now, was at some time in our past, or someone we will end up being like.

I didn't stop in Fort Frances because it didn't feel right as the place to stop. We all have these feelings about things that we "must" do, but how about listening to those "feelings" about what we shouldn't be doing. We do stuff in life, not because it feels "right" to us, but because we feel an obligation to others or to satisfy a societal or cultural rule. When we do this we end up in places where we do not belong and at times that are not right. Life then becomes difficult.

I know I'm following the right path at this time and have faith that everything is happening as it should because I'm living in awareness and see that I am always where I should be to make my life easier. If I was at the wrong place at the wrong time today, I would have ended up with the sun blinding me during the final hour of my drive. I also wouldn't have had such an amazing view of the sun setting.

Coincidences? Believe what you want. My experiences are telling me otherwise.

Think It! Feel It! Live It!

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