I’m about to take a long road trip tomorrow, so naturally I flipped through my old travel journal while packing. The following is a partial excerpt from my travel journal from a couple years ago when I first began thinking of sphere concepts:
Second day in the desert. Went down a few hikes this morning, then an uphill climb to the 5,461 foot summit of Mt.Ryan. Interesting large cairn at the top, though not many people out enjoying the view. As I left, I spotted an elderly man with a prosthetic leg hiking up the mountain. We exchanged a greeting and a smile. This pleased my heart. It signified to me that the human spirit is indeed alive and well, and that a grand spirit does exist. I’m not sure why I felt this way upon meeting the man, but nonetheless it was my heartfelt intuition.
Days such as today give me hope that one day all of God’s creatures might remember just how beautiful this sphere is where we live. The world is just waiting to be explored and marveled at. She is waiting for us to witness her splendor and grace. It also reminds me of how we all tend to meander aimlessly through our assimilated reality of “meaningful” existence. More often, the daily routines we all live to repeat day in and day out do not mirror the true human spirit that we all are born with. We should merge our sphere of spirit with the sphere of the Earth, This bond would unite all creation if we could all do so with care.
I say, you haven’t lived until you’ve stood atop a mountain, crossed a river with a smile or slept a few nights under the stars and next to Mother Nature’s skin. You haven’t breathed until you’ve smelled and tasted the air on your tongue and chapped your lips against the kiss of the wind. You haven’t walked until you’ve traveled for days on an unfamiliar trail and blistered your feet. We should all wiggle our toes in the sands of the world, and develop a sphere of thanks.
I have never felt more alive than I have today. I am ever grateful for this life and the travels I’ve been allowed to take. I pray that all are so fortunate to take at least one day of life and spend it among the tranquility of the Earth. We should all be able to feel the power of the world’s waters, and marvel at the vastness of the world’s deserts. We should all get a little dirty; let the rain wash our skin and the sun dry us off.
As I sit peacefully next to my flickering fire under a full moon, my bedroll is my house. The stars are brilliant even with the light of the moon. I could easily live here. This could be my sphere. All being said I only hope to have more days such as today. On this day, I finally felt a sense of peace that I’ve been missing for so long; here among the Joshua Tree.