Life is taking a one-way trip, or like a round-trip ticket with open return date. Or maybe just a one way ticket to somewhere without a ticket to our next stop. Expectation of a successful trip is rooted in having some plan with itinerary, destinations/dates woven through them. Use an APP. Or go old-school, call your travel agent.
Answers to simple questions like: where are you going?, when will you return?, what do you want to see?, who do you want to visit? – are all required inputs to a good plan.
But what if some of the answers are: I don’t know my ultimate destination or, I don’t know if I’m coming back or, maybe I’ll change my mind – these are harder to manage, but don’t they add excitement?
We probably wouldn’t take a vacation or business trip with so many open-ended variables, but we live lives like that every day – not knowing what’s next, not knowing which path or road will fork-off in two or more directions. At any moment, more than weather and logistics, we need to watch for incoming people – those people can sometimes fly into or out of our lives faster than any well-hatched plan.
What too many people don’t realize, we get bogged down in routine or in the problem – while unexpected opportunities to pursue new destinations and clever turns might drive us down forks in the road we never imagined. We miss them because we aren’t tuned to their frequency.
Not like trying to get a station on your radio when turned to a slightly different frequency. More like not having the radio on at all.
Mark, My condolences on the loss of your long time companion. As far as having a pet, your last sentence says it all for me. LH, Lethbridge, AB
Pets are as hard to say good bye to as people! Especially when one lives with a pet for 16 years! And Gusta was very special. So sad for your loss! I am glad you held her while she passed. That is as precious as it gets, for you both!, SF, Lethbridge, AB
My condolences Mark. It’s often as tough losing a pet as it is losing a friend, TL, Calgary, AB
I’m so sorry Mark. It is so hard to lose your best friend. After I lost one of my dogs, I decided I could not go thru that again and would not have any more dogs. I was wrong. I realized that the joy they bring you is worth far more than the pain of losing them, DM, Calgary, AB
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