Driving miles and miles through the great plains from Texarkana to Kanorado we cross a very flat land. Even one of the rivers that crosses it is called The Platte, a word in French that means “The Flat One”, due to its shallowness.
Coming from Oregon, it’s a different world. We were very surprised to see that as soon as we cross the state line, people talk and even act differently. But something that really affects me was a sense of a loss of direction. The 360 degree perspective in these parts is the same everywhere. What I mean is that from where I live, I always know where East is because of Mt Hood. If I were on the east side of the Cascades, Mt Hood would point me to the West. The mountain gives me a sense of location and direction.
These thoughts that crossed my mind during hours and hours of mindless driving through long stretches of straight highways through the Great Plains made me think of life. Life has got to have some sort of direction. We all need to have a mountain. If not a mountain, maybe a hill to live for or even to die on. When we don’t we aimlessly live our lives like a tumbleweed blown by every wind, subject to every fad, moved by every trend of man without anything to hold on to. We risk becoming like a star without orbit or a ship without anchor blown by every wind on a restless sea.
Whether Mt Sinai, Mt Zion, or Mt Hood; whether a hillbilly fighting to keep his hilltop; whether a star travelling the great galaxies or a ship on a discovery voyage, may we find an orbital anchor that points us to a sense of purpose and direction.
Patrick G. Lumbroso
Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69
Station Phone: 503.630.7712
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