Beauty from Ashes

By May 22, 2010August 11th, 20162010, Europe

So tomorrow I’m supposed to be flying off to Europe with my class from SSU, that is if a certain unpronounceable Icelandic volcano doesn’t decide to spew its tephra and ash again and bring air traffic to a halt…


Although it’s not too likely that our trip will be directly affected, the volcano’s eruptions over the past month are a great reminder of how it’s not possible to completely control or predict what’s going to happen in our lives. In preparing for this trip, especially during the past week, I’ve found that it’s easy to get caught up with the minutiae of what to pack, which classes are when, etc.  What I need to remind myself is that just like volcanic eruptions are initially destructive and yet form new ground, the stress of the assignments and studying that I have done in the past few weeks will form the foundation for a rich and fulfilling Europe trip over the next two months. If I have one hope for this time, it would be that I wouldn’t get lost in the mundanity of all the campgrounds, paintings, museums, and bus rides, but instead that I could really thrive in all situations, even if that means putting the “dan” back in mundanity!

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