I love this time of year. Flowers blooming, mild days and cool nights. It’s like the unofficial New Years holiday. This spring in particular is already the best one I’ve had in a long time. For no other reason than I feel great! I’m finally taking some time to appreciate how far I’ve come, to celebrate some of the things I’ve accomplished so far and other moments of serendipity.
It’s like I pushed off the shore in a row boat a few months ago. My destination? A wonderful island just across the lake. From the shore, I could tell it was a good distance away but I didn’t think it was too far away. Along the way, I encountered all types of weather. (Emotions) Rowing was easy and progress was made during the sunny days. (enthusiastic and motivated). Then there were days I had to row in storms (feelings of doubt, frustration, can I really do this) The rowing was very difficult in the storms. Ironically, it was during the storm that I made the most progress. Yes, the winds, rain, and rough waters – by themselves each are very devastating – converged on me simultaneously causing a good bit of resistance, pushing me off course. The frequency of the rowing decreased during the storm.
As quickly as the storm came, it passed. (Storms are temporary) Wouldn’t you know I was now closer to the island! So here I am over half way across the lake. The view from here is incredible. Looking back at the shore, I’m amazed at how far away the shore is(progress) Looking forward, I can see the outline of the island.
During the storm, I learned how to keep my eyes on the lighthouse (my goals) no matter what. Doing so, helped me to never permanently lose track of where I was going. Were there times I rowed and actually lost ground? Yes. However, with the lighthouse in sight, I was able to quickly recognize I was off track and correct it.
Well, I’ve rested long enough. I lost a little ground sitting here enjoying the view. (You’re never really standing still… Either you’re moving closer or further away from your goals) But I’ve put my oars in the water….. Rowing towards the island with my eyes fixed on the lighthouse.