Oh, The Open Road

I have been blessed with one whole moon in New Jersey. As I watch it wax full two weeks after the Equinox, my heart fills with all the joy and laughter shared with family and friends, young (growing tall!) and old. I spent my time here walking the paths of my past, feeling much different yet somehow the same. The land greeted me in the end of summer, lush and green from the abundance of rain, which continued for the duration of my visit. In the days before my departure the sun finally shines bright, the rivers begin to recede, and all are hopeful for a gentle autumn. My gratitude overwhelms me, for now is my favorite time of year to spend in the rolling hills of the east. Warm days, brisk nights, rodents scurrying about, hardwood leaves changing the landscape and birds taking to their seasonal flight. My eyes glisten with the golden evening’s rays pouring across the fields of corn and grain, the strength of the forest heightened by the lengthened shadows. I attempt to focus on the individual colors in the sky, but never quite able to find any separation. I suppose it’s part of the journey, that feeling of unsure knowing. It is bittersweet to leave so much love, but the open road awaits me again. It is time for change, for growth and renewal. One can only achieve greatness by breaking free from one’s comfort zone, by pushing one’s limits to find the Truth which lies within. Although I must go and find myself again, as a stranger this time, in places I have never been I send you all my love and gratitude. Please know that I carry each one of you in my heart as my journey continues…


4 thoughts on “Oh, The Open Road

  1. Audrey says:

    Dana — it was so good to see, although not for long enough.. be safe out there and we will be here in the East waiting for your next visit.. BTW, Christmas is at my house this year.. hope you can make it!! I love you, girl… Cioci Audge

  2. Dana Bartus says:

    Travel safe my darling, wishing that your journey treats you gently and enjoy sharing many adventures with Hannah and Ellis. You are always in our thoughts and in our heart. Remember the Sunday texts.. Love you and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Denise says:

    Dana – I hope your travels bring you all the joy and happiness your heart can hold. Send pics and keep us updated. Your companions will give you the courage to keep going. Wishing you all the best adventures! Love you – D : )

  4. jo says:

    Dane, wow, you are an amazing writer! I’m impressed! Love all the pics … those kids must have had the best time with you as a counselor/guide ๐Ÿ™‚ I so enjoyed spending that day with you and Jameson… and cooking too! (but that stuff you made me eat was not so much fun..that mushy stuff that looks like fish eggs.. blah ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope wherever you are now is peaceful and friendly and filling your soul with whatever it needs. Hugs and kisses and love, Coici Jo p.s. this blog is awesome too!

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