Day 18: Baby Jesus, Hula Girl, St Christopher and Buddha

Day 18: Baby Jesus, Hula Girl, St Christopher and Buddha

I didn’t mean to give all of the credit to Hula Girl for helping me survive that whirling dust devil yesterday. I actually have two items with me on my bike. I have a statue of baby Jesus I’ve been carrying in my windscreen pouch as well. (You can see Him in yesterday’s photo post too!) Comes from a nativity set I had in Ireland. When I left there, He and I hit the road together. I would say there’s been no looking back, but there’s been too much looking back. One of the things I have hoped to accomplish on this trip was to let go of the past and stay in the present. Hula girl, the statue and Buddhism help me do that. The statue helps me to remember to be reverent, respectful and prayerful wherever I go. The dancing hula girl reminds me to have fun and be silly. There’s a Buddhist quote that helps pull it all together for me: “Act always as if the future of the universe depended on what you did, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference.”

It’s a nice blend of concern, reverence, humility and silliness.

Off to Amarillo!

One thought on “Day 18: Baby Jesus, Hula Girl, St Christopher and Buddha

  1. One cannot have too many iconic transitional objects! Traveling mercies and blessings on this Memorial Day, gentlemen. Ride with clear eyes and full hearts. Here’s a snippet of a poem from Wendell Berry:

    Be like the fox
    who makes more tracks than necessary,
    some in the wrong direction.
    Practice resurrection.

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