The Hill Ahead

Mental Fitness, Motivational

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I’ve been getting all geared up for a web design job ahead of me. It’s considerably different from ones that I’ve done previously, and I’m at once inspired and intimidated, excited and overwhelmed.

Needless to say, it’s been on my mind a lot lately – looming ahead, refusing to be missed by my mind’s eye!

But something gave me perspective yesterday afternoon, during a period of time when the website wasn’t even on my mind. My daughters and I were taking the trip from the town we live in (Owensboro) to the town my mom lives in (Madisonville). Lots of back country roads, twists, turns, small towns, etc. It’s like a 45 minute lesson in what makes Kentucky Kentucky – the small towns, the horse farms, the people who wave as though you’re family.

Anyway, I was talking with my favorite girls and I noticed the road about a mile up the way, after a particularly impressive twist and turn. It went upwards – a huge hill. When the trees are all full and green, the view is obstructed, but through the winter branches, the road’s heavenly ascent was impossible to miss. I was surprised to see that it was such a big hill. I mean I’ve driven this road hundreds of times and never really realized the size of the hill I was racing up.

Then the reason hit me. When we’re in the middle of something we don’t realize it’s impact. It’s at it’s worst when it lies ahead. The speech that has to be delivered next week, the oral book report due in class tomorrow, the presentation that has to be given next month, the website that’s waiting to be built….

I think that when things are ahead, they’re more intense and huge. When they’re in the past, they’re often smaller (like things get in your rear view mirror as you drive away.) But when they’re in the here and now, we find a way, make a way and do what needs to be done.

We go up the hill……sometimes because we want to, sometimes to get where we’re going and, I guess, sometimes because there’s no alternative!

Anyway, the hill taught me a lesson and eased my mind. As I drove up the hill, I thought to myself, “You’re nowhere near as big as you seemed back there.” I expect to say something similar to a particular website in a day or two.

Have a rockin’ weekend.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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