A day out with a philosophical twist today - I haven't given you any philosophy for a while have I?!!
I had a day out in Winchester today where I met up with a couple of work colleagues - we go back a long way now of course!. Traveling along the road to the station this morning I thought that the narrow road with its twists and turns could be seen as a metaphor for life. In places the road ahead was clear in others it was impossible to see what was coming round the bends. In some places I could see stunning views to the side of the road and in others we were between trees and high hedges and could not see anything other than the way ahead.
Then there were a couple of tunnels black and dark when I could see nothing other than my own reflection in the window glass. These reminded me of the times in my life when I have been in the Slough of Despond and couldn't see any way out - seeing only myself and my problems and nothing beyond. Luckily like the tunnel they didn't go on for ever and I did of course come out into the sunshine eventually!
At one point along my route this morning some people got on the train with so many enormous suitcases they were at a loss as to know where to put them but other passengers suggested ways they might move their own cases and make room for them - some of us travel through life heavy laden too and there are often others who will help us to put down our baggages at least for a moment if only we let them.
It struck me that we were all on a journey headed somewhere and all being well we would eventually reach our intended destination - just as we shall in life. The journey will be so much more enjoyable if we trust the driver, believe that even when we can't see beyond the hedges on either side there is still beautiful countryside out there and we will come to it again if only we wait, that the dark tunnels are not infinite and we will see the sunshine again and if we accept that sometimes the sky clouds over and the rain falls but if we are involved in what we are doing this will not spoil our day. Not that it did rain today and I really enjoyed my day out wandering round the city where these pictures were taken.
I always manage to find a bit of greenery even in the city and this was a pretty area along side the River Itchen.