The Problem With Being Well Grounded

Blog 2235 – 12.02.2021

The Problem With Being Well Grounded

We have all heard the expression, “You need to get your head out of the clouds.” To that I say, “Au contraire mon frere.” We were always meant to soar, mind, body and spirit.

As a boy I spent a lot of time watching the sky dreaming of flying through the clouds. One of many favorite recurring dreams throughout this particular adventure in space and time has been about flying without a plane. In less than a month it will be fifty-two years since I took the longest airplane ride of my life. It was literally half way around the world where I would spend the last year of my teens looking forward to my return flight home to Chattanooga, Tennessee from Saigon, Vietnam.

A few days ago I was wearing my Vietnam Veteran cap and a young man asked me if I served and I said yes, then he thanked me for my service and said welcome home. Trying to make polite conversation I said, “You are welcome and I am glad to be home.” Nebraska is not my home, neither is Texas for that matter though I own a home there with my loving and lovely wife Linda and our son Jonathan or Jay and his pretty young wife Lauren live nearby. Saigon, Vietnam, Chattanooga, Tennessee and all the many other places that I have visited and spent time in on this journey were not my true home either.

A song that I sang as a boy still comes to mind often during my waking and sleeping dreams of flying. You might recognize the words, “Some glad morning when this life is o’re, I’ll fly away. To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.” My idea of heaven and home has evolved over this to date seventy-one year adventure in time and space. I believe we carry home and heaven within us. Still I ever long to stretch my wings and see all there is to see from high above.

Get my head or my heart out of the clouds, not likely. Like one of my boyhood heroes, Peter Pan, I ever set my course, “Second star to the right and straight on to morning.” Every morning is a glad morning and a good morning for flying.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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