Since May, my family has gone through big milestones and life changes. These were celebrated in the ways that were appropriate for each. I think that, in general, we tend to focus on the Big Events in our lives and sometimes forget that the smaller milestones are important too. On every journey, there are points that we should take the time to step back and appreciate where we are. Compared to the previous steps, it might not seem we have traveled far, but if we compare to our starting point, you can see the progress. I originally was going to let this milestone pass and not mention it; this is but a small point, but one I never thought about reaching.
“I cannot do that, I do not have the discipline,” someone recently told me when I mentioned that I have been writing a blog for almost four years. In fact, last week, I quietly composed my 200th consecutive weekly article. He was right, it takes discipline to sit each day and put something on the page, no matter where I am and no matter what is going on in my life. I always wanted to write, as a way of expressing myself, a means for creativity and outlet separate from the rigors of day-to-day activity. One day I made the commitment to myself to follow through. Therefore, to paraphrase Lao Tzu, my journey of 1,000 steps began with a single post. This is something that I enjoy, so I do not have a goal for the number of articles or for how long I will keep writing. Even when I think things are slow, there are still things to write about. I guess the day I stop writing is the day I no longer have anything to say.
When I first started out, I wanted to make sure that I was going to be honest, use my own unique observations, share the belief that there is a lesson in almost everything we do, and that no matter how mundane our lives can get, there is always something to share and a lesson to learn. Moreover, I do believe that I have bared my soul (OK, and sometimes visually), sometimes delving into the personal and sharing my family with you. I have shared success, disappointments, gains and losses - they are all part of life and all have a lesson.
While this milestone is about me, it is important to recognize that I could not do this all by myself. My biggest thanks go to my family. Debbie, Gab and Bec have had to live with my self-imposed deadlines, and provided the much needed editing. Most importantly, though, is that I am thankful for them in my life, as they help to provide the rich stories that make up my life and constantly provide meaning in this adventure we live. After all, I feel blessed to have a family to provide infinite lessons and stories to grow from.
Finally, I want to thank you, the reader, for providing an ear, sharing your thoughts and providing feedback. Though I write for the pleasure I get from the action, I do enjoy hearing your thoughts and words.