Love , Peace , Amity
Yesterday I crossed the Mississippi River into Missouri at the same place where the Indians were forced to cross many years ago. The river itself is extremely overflowing from all the rain and recent flooding. However I was able to make it across safely.
After I crossed to the Missouri side of the river I found some elements of nature to construct a small raft. Using flowers and brush from a nearby field, I laced together this small tribute to commemorate the Trail of Hope to Love, Peace and Amity. It was a small tribute placed at the junction of many Indian trails of the past such as the Trail of Tears.
This raft, as I like to call it, also served as a reminder of William Penn and Chief Tamanend’s harmonious treaty which established a great peace among two different cultures.
This part of the Trail served as a very important and moving location for me. From the very beginning I had a strong feeling that crossing the Mississippi would prove to be a significant element of the journey.
I watched the raft float down the river and hoped that love, peace and amity could exist around the world and float continuously throughout society. At that moment, I felt distinctly connected to the great Mississippi River. Finally, I turned to continue my walk through Missouri.
I found myself walking along a dirt and gravel road when something caught my eye. Right above me, circling in the sky, was a great and majestic eagle. It flew over my head several times before departing to its unknown destination. During this experience, I also felt incredibly connected to the Trail and was filled with hope and energy.
It seemed to me that there were many symbols making themselves present throughout my walk yesterday. They inspired and invigorated me to enjoy those unique moments when one can connect with nature.
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