From The Storyteller
Hello All: Our recent trip North touched me in more ways than I expected. Enjoy, Doug
“Few people have the imagination for reality” is a quote from the 17th century German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I discovered it as I hunted for a saying that related to pictures Elaine and I took on our recent fall trip to Northern Minnesota. As we drove along the forest highways, every bend in the road offered us a breathtaking display of trees proudly wearing their fall best. The deep colors of oranges, reds, yellows, and greens all reflected a reality that only God could have painted.
This caused me to think about two men we encountered in a tiny two-tabled, logging community café. Elaine and I listened at a distance as two, longtime friends updated each other on matters, including COVID, cancer and the current deer population. As they talked, we became a part of their reality in a way we could never have imagined.
While on this trip we also found the Young Life camp I attended in 1963. Fifty eight years of care and construction had dramatically changed that rustic camp, and yes, time had also dramatically changed me. I can tell you, however, that the reality I had experienced in 1963 is still a part of my reality today. More than a few moments of silence happened that afternoon.
Observation: Colors, people, nature, and locations are just a few of the places where reality can be found.
Moral: Reality can be imagined, but it is much better when experienced.