Bobbie and I had a New Year Eve eve snow-romp up to Commodore Basin with son, Caleb, and dottor-n-law, Kelli. Lordy, it was such a beautiful, warm day... so nice, in fact, that if all of winter was "such," I could almost winter here :).
But then I would miss this...
...reliving anew childhood memories of when I was but a wee little son-of-a-vagabond Missionary-man and his wife, always on the hunt for God's Will.
I'm not sure if they ever found it, as "God's Will" tends to flit from bush to bush like a butterfly... always just out of reach. I do, however, remember the backroads taken along the way; they were Heavenly, and to this day have a lock on my heart and mind.
This morning I noticed that 7 out of the next 10 days are forecasted to have snow. So I'm feeling antsy; like there's a fair-weather itch that needs scratching but I can't quite reach it. I know myself well enough to realize that if I lived "there," or anywhere else for that matter, I would be itching to be here. Without compromise, chronic malcontentedness could blossom into full-time disease. But just because I'm grumpy doesn't mean I'm not happy!
I think one of the secrets to happiness is to always have a plan... something on the calendar to look forward to. Now a plan differs from hope in a big way. For me, hope is highly overrated. It's like a car without an engine, just sits there in the way and distracts you from doing something about it. Hope in full of intangibles.... ethereal butterflies on gossamer wings. A plan, on the other hand, requires action... steps to be taken, preparation... and purpose. A plan leaves hope in the dust.
For instance, you can hope to get in shape this year, lose weight, or go someplace new... you can even set a goal and make it a New Year's resolution. But hope, goals, and resolve are nouns, not verbs. Planning, on the other hand, requires action. Instead of a resolution to "Lose 10 pounds," make a plan on the calendar, one that lays out in more detail how to succeed.
January 1st: "Walk/hike/snowshoe two hours." January 2nd: "Swim a mile." January 3rd: "Deposit 50 dollars of paycheck in travel savings account."
Or, in my case, January 10th: "Leave for Arizona." 😏
From our family to your's, Happy New Year!!!
Now go make a "plan."
Mark and Bobbie