The Art of Readiness


In his play, Henry V, William Shakespeare said, “All things are ready, if our mind be so.”  I was reminded of his words yesterday morning when my husband came into the workout room while I was toiling intensely on the elliptical and asked me if I wanted to ride down to Savannah, Georgia, a distance of about 248 miles or 3 1/2 hour drive from our house.  As excitedly as a kid in a toy store, I promptly answered yes and hurriedly finished my morning workout.  We were packed and on the road shortly afterwards, enjoying a morning drive headed to a southern city we both like to visit.

Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, holds a special meaning for my husband and I.  We met there at the university where we spent four years as students.  If you have never visited Savannah, I recommend you do so some day.  USA Weekend Magazine declared Savannah one of the “top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” The New York Times named the city one of the “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots.”

Soon after arriving, we went to the Riverfront District, a popular site for visitors.  This attraction is alive year round.  Our next visit was to the university’s campus.  We rode around reminiscing and appreciating our education from this institution of higher learning that taught us “You Can Get Anywhere From Here.”  The 200+ acre campus is quite charming with the moss trees, marshland, and historic buildings.  Later as we were driving on White Marsh Island, headed to a must stop, The Crab Shack, we were eager to have lunch there.  It’s a local eatery located by a marina at Tybee Island where you’ll not be disappointed.  The food is scrumptious.  Feeling quite pleased after an enjoyable meal and a sightseeing tour of the real baby alligators resting in the outdoor pond, we left the restaurant and headed to Savannah Beach which spans five miles along the Atlantic Ocean and the Savannah River.  Being there was everything you expect when you’re at the ocean.  Watching the seagulls soaring overhead while locals were fishing and kiting, made us feel magical.

What started out as a morning routine workout at home turned into a delightful day trip.  We spent the night and headed home the next morning.  While driving northbound on the coastal highway, we were pleased that our impromptu getaway had been such a success.  I know we will return for another visit to such a lovely place called Savannah, the largest port city in the state of Georgia.  Spur-of-the-moment actions can be fun and rewarding.  When you have an attitude and mindset that is always ready for excitement and adventure, life can be so special!  How ready are you?


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