Sunday, January 1, 2012

Turn the Page

To get the most out of an adventure, one must be flexible. It is often the unplanned parts that reward the deepest.

The original plan was to bag my first S24O of the fall/winter season on the very last weekend of the year.

The plan was simple. After a busier, more chaotic, six months ever at work, it was a plan emphasizing solitude.

It would include slow strolls in the woods.

There would be time to stop and observe natural things that catch my eye.

I'd look up at the sky and marvel at the eye of the master designer.

And warm color would soothe the soul.

But a conversation planted a seed, which grew into a possibility, and the plan was modified. My brother and his son joined me for this overnighter, and I was able to share all these things and more.

We warmed ourselves by the fire. We talked and collectively enjoyed the silence. My brother and I handed the things we love to the next generation. We swelled with joy as we saw him embrace them...well, at least until the young man caught the only fish of the day.

We rode bicycles through the park...

...and just like that, like the new year follows the old, the next generation follows the first.

And I realized the value of the unplanned. Solitude has its place, but there is richness to life that only companionship can give. So bring on the new year, and bring on the young men who value getting out there and doing things.

Turn the page.


  1. Thanks for excellent post. It goes well with the thoughts I've been having about the blessings of fellowship. Often it seems those blessings come more from the unplanned opportunities our Lord gives than those we have planned for ourselves.

  2. Wonderfully thoughful and inspiring. You have a deep soul.

  3. I usually swoon over our natural gifts, but that AHH has been, is, and will be a stunner.

  4. Keith and I really want to come share time with y'all soon and more frequently! Great post.

  5. "...I was able to share all these things and more." Nice.

  6. Gig-ee, we are SO ready. It was the fishing that got to you, eh?

  7. My daughter is getting married in July. As you say "...and just like that, like the new year follows the old, the next generation follows the first."

  8. Thanks all for the encouragement.

    George, exactly. I plan to allow God to use me more in the lives of others this year.

    Wilson, thanks, but really I just over think and under do.

    Tex69, still loving the AHH, and admiring your QB.

    Herringbone, after your recent posts, I knew you'd understand.

    Chandra, welcome back! We've missed you.

    Moes Lake, thanks for the kind words. I went to your blog, but...well...ran into a language barrier.

    GravelDoc, congrats! It should be an interesting first half of 2012 for you.

  9. Thanks, Chris. Your kind comments are appreciated; sounds like the voice of experience.

  10. Chris-
    I plugged Moes Lake's url into google translate. There is a single post, about barefoot running.
    That's a handy tool they provide.

  11. As a person who struggles with the hermit/gregarious dichotomy, I take to heart your flow into group action when solo time had been anticipated. Not always an easy thing to do but sometimes good.