Woke up yesterday morning with family on my mind – family living at a distance – Russellville, KY, to be exact: an uncle recuperating from shoulder surgery. We got in the car, set the GPS and headed out. Left Atlanta around 7 a.m. and started our journey. Light rain turned into a downpour; rotating back and forth. Traffic and weather turned the trip into an additional two hours of travel time. Good conversation kept things lively and helped to pass the time. The views were breathtaking especially as we drove through the mountains. Regardless of challenges along the way, this was to be a mission to visit relatives, spread some love and cheer and ultimately make a difference in someone else’s life. The surgery prohibits my uncle from driving so we stopped to pick up lunch before driving to their home. This allowed all of us to sit down together and enjoy a meal and good conversation. Since my aunt cannot drive, I drove her on errands she had postponed for a while. As we drove away later that evening, we left them standing in the door with big smiles on their faces and lots of gratitude. Even though it rained on us going and coming, the love sandwiched in between made it all worthwhile. Would not have changed a thing. They were happy at the care and consideration we showed them and we were equally as happy for having had the opportunity to make a difference in their lives. It gave us joy and a sense of purpose. Take the time to spread some love – even on a rainy day. It was the most gratifying 650 miles of travel from Atlanta through Tennessee to Kentucky and back. Travel is a wonderful thing. Family is a beautiful thing. And love and happiness are the best things of all!