Your Name

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Oh, a name. What’s in a name? Peanut butter.

Brickle.

Yeah. Need I say more? Then we have Digby.

Pancake.

Traveling around, every place has a name. And there’s usually a reason behind the name. We are in Henderson, North Carolina right now.

The city was named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson. And we are staying on a lake named Kerr Lake. The lake is named for Congressman John Kerr of North Carolina, who supported the original creation of the lake.

All these names got me to thinking. What would I want named after me?

If everything has a name, and a reason behind it, what do we put our name to? How do we spend our time and what do we put our energy into?

Whether we know it or acknowledge it, we all make a name for ourselves. We all stand for something, even if that means we are doing nothing.

Traveling helps you to see how much of an impact we can have on our world in a good way or a bad way. But traveling also helps you to get to know yourself better!

What you think were your favorite foods, or places, or scenery may change when you travel. You may get to know yourself better by how you react in stressful situations. Or how you react to inconveniences. Are you strong enough to learn more about yourself? I think you are. I also think there’s more to you than what you may even realize.

The best way to get to know yourself though, even besides travel, is thru people you meet that are different than you.

People in different places have different likes and dislikes. They have different ways of doing things. Even simple parts of a day are different. Here for example, most places, you can’t pay for your fuel at the pumps. You have to go inside. We aren’t used to it. But it’s the way it’s done here.

What would happen if we complained about this? Would it not be better to think why it’s like that here? Maybe if we all talked instead of complained, we would all grow as individuals. Maybe it’s time we all learn about each other and how place and each person is special, colorful, beautiful.

You may not ever see that person you just talked to again when you’re on the road, at a grocery store or at the park. They may not know your name is Mary or Nadene or Lin or Bob. But more important than your name? A positive impression, a kind word and a smile. And then one day, the things you put your energy into may be named after you in other’s hearts.

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Live In The Moment

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. It’s true. Living in the moment may be hard. There’s no may be about it. Even in August.

We learned that more than ever this weekend. There we were. Packing up and getting ready to leave that Jacksonville, Florida place. The beach was right there. It had never moved.

The trails and all our animal friends were still there. We were still there. But our hearts had already left. We were wasting the moment. We weren’t breathing in the moment.  We were letting it exhale from ourselves.

Until we looked up at the spiders on our windshield. These spiders had been there awhile! Because we had been here awhile. They made themselves at home. They weaved their webs of home. We were kind of like them. And yet, we couldn’t stay. But they could.

As we gently got them down from the RV and placed them somewhere safe, I realized something. Even though they had thought their home was permanent there, it wasn’t meant to be. It would have been detrimental for them to stay on our windshield. They had to move. And just like them, we had to move.

When the vet told us that it would be good for Digby to travel and use his mind, well, we listened.

Yes, it took us a bit to get to feeling good enough to go. And we don’t have the perfect scenario to travel right now. But just like the spider works towards its goals of building a beautiful web, so can we. We know we can do better. We aim to do better.

One time, we went to a place in Arkansas that you could dig for diamonds. You may remember our visit there. We didn’t find any diamonds those days. But a day after we left, someone did find a diamond. A very expensive one! But before we left, we purchased a bag of extra dirt that we could sift thru later. We saved it all this time. Just in case there was a diamond in there when we needed it most.

Oh. And also Digby was using the bag of dirt like a pillow. But we sifted thru that bag this week. And guess what? All we found were rocks. No diamonds. None at all.

It would have been easy to get disappointed. But when Boy Person told me those rocks took years and years to form, I knew it to be true. They were just a different kind of treasure. Not the ones we were looking for. But they were to be appreciated anyway. Just like the situation we are at now in life. This moment. This day. And in honor of Boy Person’s father, who would have liked to travel one more day, we sing this for him.

You may have disappointments in life. You see, we’ve been there. And everywhere, it seems like. Me and Digby have been so many places that we’ve been a lot of places twice.

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t more than happy to start this part of our life that is today…wherever we are. I want to know though, are you up for the ride? Are you ready to live in the moment with us? Let’s see what treasures we can find when we aren’t even looking. Look to our Facebook page for real time updates all day!

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