So far on our hypothetical road trip, we’ve planned our destination and route, chosen what to pack (and what to leave behind) and taken a look at our map to know when we need to turn. Today, we’re turning our focus to landmarks.

Those prominant and identifying features of the landscape that serve as guideposts or turning points in our journey. Those things we see on the horizon that grow closer with every mile. Often, they carry historical significance because others passed this same place on their journey.

When I was growing up, our family lived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska for several years. Outside of the town, there is a unique formation of rock bluffs rising 800 feet above the nearby North Platte River (see the picture). Named after a trapper who died at the base of the cliffs, Scott’s Bluff served as a landmark on the Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails. Not only could pioneers see it from a distance, but they would set up camp and rest while the scouts climbed the heights to scan the area.

The landmark symbolized the completion of one stage of the journey as well as the start of the next.

It’s the same with our journeys. While the ultimate destination is a long way off, there are intermediate places we aim for. And places we linger – soaking up the moment before climbing back in the car (or covered wagon) and focusing on the next leg of the trip.

As a mother, those landmarks are called “developmental milestones.” Sitting up, rolling over, pulling to a stand, cruising, walking, talking, reading, writing. I remember our struggle to help Anna achieve each of these. Our next landmark is puberty. (Yikes!)

As a wife, the landmarks pass with anniversaries, buying our first house, the arrival of children, moving and more.

As a writer, the landmarks pass with completing courses, finishing manuscripts, getting the first article published and more.

What about you? What landmark are you currently aiming toward? When you reach it, will you stop to enjoy the moment or rush ahead for the next stage?

Road Trip – Landmarks
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2 thoughts on “Road Trip – Landmarks

  • October 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    >I'm trying to stop rushing through life and start slowing down to appreciate its beauty. So hopefully soon, I'll be a person who stops to enjoy the landmarks.

  • October 20, 2009 at 9:07 am

    >Great post! Gosh, as a writer, I'd say my next landmark would be representation, I think.

    Should that happen for me, I'll for sure sit and enjoy it for a brief minute. I've only been querying for a year, so we'll see what happens. God's timing and I'm okay with that.

    I hope I enjoy it before rushing off to the next landmark, but I am only human, so we'll see. 🙂

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