Tracing The Steps

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. We all follow paths. Whether that be a road to work or a trail to a waterfall.

But have you ever wondered who was there before you? Have you ever realized that you are in fact retracing the steps of people and animals who were there long ago? As we travel along the Natchez Trace Parkway on the days ahead, we realize that there were animals and people here long before this became a road of beauty.

The Natchez Trace is a 444 mile road that takes you to sites such as waterfalls, historic sites and overlooks.

One end is near Nashville, Tennessee and the other end is in Natchez, Mississippi. It goes thru three states, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

There are no advertising billboard things. Or stores. It’s been relatively untouched. But long ago, animals made paths here, persons followed that path for their own reasons, and SO many traveled that it is still easy to recognize where they traveled. Persons from many different cultures and ways of life used the same path. It is so well worn. I find this very special.

Because not only did these travelers make history, but they actually taught us something too and left their path.

Everywhere we go, we make a path.

Are we leaving our marks in a good way or bad? Would we be proud of the steps we took and want others to follow? Or would we want to cover up our tracks?

Sometimes, I like to look at examples of ones perhaps that I think had something to teach me. It’s like learning to draw. To create our own art, sometimes it helps to trace another’s art.

Then, we get the hang of it and make our own masterpiece once we learn the skill by example. As we travel the Natchez Trace Parkway after bad weather passes again this week, we look forward to what we will learn and how we can appreciate what was left behind for us to learn from.

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