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Friday, December 5, 2014

Where Are You Going?

Summarizing today's post: A quick look at the path your life is on, whether or not you are finding happiness, & (of course) some photography tips.

photography, cotton field, road
shot at 24mm, ISO 200, f/3.8, 1/5000th of a sec
Let's take a moment as we approach the end of 2014 to look at the "road less traveled". (The phrase has just about reached cliché status, but I still like to refer to it.)

Before we head into a new year in just a few weeks, it's a good idea to look back and see where you have been during the year. A time for reflection is always healthy. If you like where you have been, that's awesome. You can't ask for better...don't change a thing in 2015.

What do you see when you look at the above photograph? I see a road not too many people would bother to go down. It's a little rocky and uneven. It would certainly be a much smoother ride to stay on the highway, wouldn't you agree? [I took this photo in Wilson county a few weeks ago after driving thru what seemed to be miles of cotton fields. It was a beautiful sight. It was late in the day, with nice spotty cloud cover, which made for a nice photograph.] 

Here's what I see. 

I see a road/path with potential written all over it. I see absolutely stunning views all around...on both sides of it (in the form of bright white cotton) and in the sky surrounding it. While, yes, the road is a bit worn and weathered, it is not my focal point. I would definitely spend some time driving down this road. I believe the reward is worth the bumpy ride.

So has 2014 been good to you? Are you happy at your job? Spending as much time with the family as you like? Is your health where you want it to be? Are you saving enough for retirement? Spending enough time with God? Are you making room for some ME time? In other words... Are you happy?

Lots of questions. We are all on a different path in life, so there are many questions to address. It's important to reflect. And then if you see an area that needs changing, then--by all means--develop a plan to make things better. 

Have you ever thought about diverting off the highway? 

Make a plan today to make small steps towards a happier existence in 2015. You don't have to set the world on fire, or make a radical move. Simply make small adjustments to your daily life...5 or 10 minutes a day...towards whatever it is that would ultimately give you a better quality of life.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

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