Originally Posted by Moonrover
What is this "ponder" thing? Does it hurt when you try it? Should I carry some pills in case it happens to me?
The Art of the RVM Ponder
No worries fellow RVMs. The ponder is painless and good for the mutant mind, body and soul.
For those of you that may have joined mid thread you may have missed the role of the ponder in RVMdom. Here's a little background.
Early on, RVM4 said the RVM way and the philosophy of letting the journey be the destination sounded similar to the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for RVers.
I had read the book years ago so I did some pondering and provided some quotes from the book. After further pondering I added other quotes, all with a focus on letting the journey be the destination. Some new RVMs have difficulty with this as "going somewhere" is what we do when we travel.
RVMs have chosen a particular means of travel that sets us apart from the frequent flyer and others as well. Ours is the way of the highways, back roads and byways and the now famous RVM unscheduled "roundabout non-interstate long-cut".
The RVM journey is all encompassing. From start to stop. Here to there or elsewhere, the RVM is experiencing travel one mile marker, exit, town, person, at a time. The destination is just another place along the way and often enough the high point of travel happens elsewhere.
My first official ponder post was on 4/21 and from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
“We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with the emphasis on "good" rather than on "time"....”
To highlight the journey concept a little more. The ponder of the day is....
“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.”
― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Ponder and journey freely and often mutants and share them with us. Our time here is short. Dither and fret not over what you aint got. You have the journey to keep you happy and content, and a curiosity of mutants to one day gather.
RVM2 -- Steve and Annie --