I have just returned from a wonderful
European river cruise;
Pleasant conversation, new relationships,
and perspectives from those coming
from many different parts of the world;
pampered by cheerful and
accommodating staff, good food
and good wine.
Daily excursions took us to old castles on the hill,
gingerbread houses and towns and the natural beauty
found in countries and ancient towns along the Danube
and Rhine rivers; a wonderful stew of sights and sounds
and stories that will continue to be enjoyed through the
hundreds of pictures taken and in our memory banks.
So where does bottle caps fit into all this?
One of the friends I traveled with was collecting bottle caps
of beers from around the world for her son’s collection. So while
enjoying towns, watching our steps as we walked over uneven
cobble stones, she kept one eye open for that bottle cap that
might have fallen into the cracks and crevices of the uneven
stones we were walking on.
It was amazing how many she spotted without even
trying to look – they just kind of jumped out at her.
The rest of us also became aware of them too without
It occurred to me that we could also be alert to spotting and collecting the many blessings and
gratitude’s that are tucked into the sticks and stones of the uneven roads in our life.
All we have to do is make it important and soon
without even looking or trying, we begin to recognize
and acknowledge all the little blessings God seems to
have in store for us. They become treasures that
warm our hearts and souls and help us appreciate
each other and how much we have even in the midst
of tough times .
I enjoyed my trip and was blessed every day by the
historic towns, the beauty, the conversations
from the many, many people I met from all over the
world. I continue to look for those blessings as I go back
to my daily routines and schedules.
I know they will be as sweet as the candies and cakes
in this window.
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