Monday, February 04, 2008

Dense Fog

When I launched my browser a few minutes ago, a little window appeared with a "severe weather warning." When I clicked it, I was informed that there is a "dense fog advisory." Well, duh, I thought. I just drove through it.

It was thick this morning. It is something to be dealt with in Coastal Georgia. Many mornings the fog is so heavy, sight is obscured beyond 50 or 100 feet.

Such fog calls for a different set of driving skills. I find myself more alert to lights, the reflectors in the middle of the road and the white lines on the edge. I slow down and pay much attention to giving more room to others.

On several occasions last week, I heard references to wilderness experiences. The speakers were referring to the times in our lives where nothing seems to work out the way we plan, we are confronted with feelings of isolation and loneliness and there is the sense that we are lost and without direction.

The wilderness is like the fog. It calls for a different set of driving skills. Paying more attention to the things right around us. Slowing down. Building more "white space" into our lives. Be patient. Don't rush the experience. It may take a while, but eventually, the fog will lift (my weather applet says by 10am) and the wilderness will end.


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