If you are part of the 17 long time readers you’ll know I am not kidding when I say I don’t write with the same frequency here as I once did.
It is not for lack of desire or effort but because the current circumstances have made it far more challenging to write the way I want to.
I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad, it simply is and sometimes that is just how life goes.
My best guess is that when this transitional period I am in ends there will be a natural increase in production levels here that hopefully will be matched by quality posts.
In a few days I’ll load the car and make another run across five states to the new house and start a new life.
And as I travel I’ll do my best to be present and aware of my surroundings because you never know what kind of interesting people and adventures lie ahead.
Somewhere in the desert I’ll get that crazy feeling of wanderlust that I always get and think about driving down the road not taken just to see where it takes me.
But I won’t let myself get distracted from by bright and shiny objects because the plan I created long ago is just starting to move from idea to reality.
When Opportunity Knocks
Sunday night the kids and I sat down to talk about the new opportunities in Texas and the coming changes.
When they asked me if I could provide them with a single sentence that explained what is going on I told them when opportunity knocks you answer the door.
It led to a longer and more sophisticated conversation about how to determine good opportunities from the bad ones.
When we finished speaking I felt like they had a much clearer understanding of the how, what and why of this moment and a better appreciation for my position.
I suppose this is one of the primary advantages to having children who are no longerÂ babiesÂ because the teen and preteen mind understood things in a way they just couldn’t before.
They may not like, agree or appreciate everything but they understand and sometimes that is enough.
As I walked down the hall to go to sleep I told them I loved them and said I don’t want to be a slave to life and they shouldn’t either.
“There are multiple ways to get to where we are going and no single path to success. Don’t let people or situations fool you into thinking there is only one approach.
Sometimes you have to get creative in your approach but if you work at it you’ll always find a solution that works for you. Might not be perfect, but it is usually manageable and that is just how it goes.”
They nodded and smiled and I took that image to bed with me.
All we can do is our best and adjust as we go along.
Bryan August 24, 2016 at 6:02 am
There are many who would rather stay and be unhappy because they’re scared, feel trapped, etc., than strike out to attempt to reach their goals. Good for you and your family. I hope it works out for you.
Jack Steiner August 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm
Thank you. For me it’s always better to try and fail than fail to try.
Larry August 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm
How long a drive are you looking at? Sounds like a lot to do on your own.
Go answer that door!
Jack Steiner August 23, 2016 at 7:04 pm
It’s about 1,500 miles. I did it in 2013, so it’s not the first time.