Consecutive Days Riding: 25 Consecutive Days Blogging: 26
Today’s Mileage: 6 Total Trip Mileage: 244
As I ride the bike today I think back to Sunday morning and my trip to church. The scene as I headed toward the Blue Ridge Mountains enticed me to write a poem:
Celebration and Worship
Heading north to a place of worship
To join kindred minds and joyful souls
Bands of warm gray clouds
Intersect with the damp roadway
Distant green mountains
Framed by a soft turquoise sky
The storm clouds are parting
The joy of a clear sky awaits us
The warmth of the sun
Will dry up the cloud’s tears
That washed clean the fall foliage
And nourished the few flowers left
Heading towards church
The celebration and worship
Has already begun!
The Sunday service was an interesting one as it celebrated the Day of the Dead. Church members lit candles and announced the names of loved one who were departed. The list of names was long. I sat and listened remembering my ghosts: family and friends who are now but frozen memories, images in my mind’s photo album. The minister ended the ritual by exclaiming: “Memories are thick in this place this morning!” He then went on to tell the children in the congregation a story about the real meaning of “all hollows eve” and the presence of ghosts. I sat there thinking about the ghosts that haunt us.
We are never alone on our journey through life. Ghosts of our departed loved ones may travel with us acting as guides and cheerleaders, helping us find happiness and joy. The ghosts of bullies and enemies may join us acting as negative influences, leading us down harmful paths with roadblocks against healthier choices.
I find that when you talk about ghosts, some people will grow wide eyed with recognition and exclaim: “you’ve seen them too!” While others will roll their eyes and shake their heads in disbelief at the irrationality and absurdity of such beliefs. I am not going to enter into a discussion about the validity of spiritual dimensions but I do believe that the concept of ghosts is valuable. Ghosts may exist in a separate reality or they may exist only in our minds and memories. Either way they influence us. We need to figure out how to build up our connection with the positive ghosts/memories and break free of the negative ghosts/memories. In one case we may turn to a spiritualist for help and assistance, in the other case we may turn to a psychotherapist.
My minister, who is also a therapist, talked about a method of dealing with negative ghost/memories by putting a funny hat on them, or adding a cartoon sound track behind them. If we can laugh at a negative ghost/memory we begin the process of negating its influence over us. I myself can attest to this technique, as I have transformed several of my scariest ghost/memories into laughable buffoons. It is not easy, as any spiritualist will tell you, to rid ourselves of unwanted ghosts. Some ritual is needed that either meets their “need to haunt” or make the situation too unpleasant to stay. Humor can change some unwanted guests into comic companions and drive those that can’t tolerate to be laughed at away!
We cannot remake our past. The people who are now our ghosts were real people in our past. However, you can change your past, drive the unwanted ghosts away or at least make them more bearable companions, by changing your memories. Try a Bozo nose and the Barney or Sponge Bob Square Pants soundtrack. It works for me!
Watch for a new map tomorrow as we head up the coast to Miami!
A special thanks to the artist of Zazzle.com for the cartoon ghost drawings.