Joyful Journeys

I enjoy taking photographs; it is somewhat of a hobby of mine.  I have learned a great deal through my hobby.  Recently, I became aware that one of my greatest lessons was just to enjoy the moment and just to get out and about. You know, more into the world in which I live.  I think I often am so busy working towards the next moment that I failed to appreciate this one.  Have you ever looked at your life and realized you were missing out on the little things?  From time to time, I find myself pausing and realizing just that. We spend so much of our time worrying about building for tomorrow sometimes I think we forget to live for today.

Moments Matter

We have to remember that little things are important too.  The moments when we share milk and pop tarts with our kids on a slow Saturday morning or play with the dogs chasing frisbees on a summer afternoon.  We must find the beauty in our daily lives too. Good things, joyful things help guide us to the tomorrow’s we are seeking. The journey is as relevant as the destination—actually the journey is far more relevant than the destination.  How you live in the daily moments matters so much more than the status you end up with.  Working on a college degree?  Great for you!  Training for a new job? Awesome!  Planning a new move?  Wow, so much work, wish you the best on that! Planning for retirement?  Congrats! But, whatever it is you are doing remember the journey matters.  Trust me, you learn these things over seasons of your life. When you and those around you look back, those journey moments when you took time to enjoy a moment, those are the moments you will remember.

Arriving, with Joy!

I want to “arrive” whatever that means; with all that thought entails. You know, I want a decent home, nice car, good job, kids are doing well, maybe even a beach house for retirement.  Yeah!  Definitely a beach house for retirement.  But I don’t want to focus so much on the “arrival” that I forget to enjoy the daily parts of the journey. You know the moments, the school plays, the walks to the park, pushing on a swing, fishing with your kids, reading a book for a peaceful moment, playing with the dogs, building a tent out of blankets in the living room, camping out in the backyard, or playing hopscotch—wait, sorry wrong generation you guys have no idea what that is. But you get the idea. Enjoy the journey, find joy in the little things and in the people around you.  Be that person that others find joy with.  Take time to stop and smell the roses more often.  When we look back, we will all be so glad of the little moments.  Take it from someone who is still learning these lessons—go plan some daily joy for your self and your family.  It doesn’t have to be big. Often the littlest things were actually the big things. Pick a small thing and plan some fun! Appreciate yourself, your family and your world, enjoy my friend. Thank you for sharing your time with me.  Be blessed my friends.

Cherishing the Moments

I recently had the opportunity to travel with my parents back to my hometown. We all now live several hundred miles from where I grew up, so it took us a couple of days to make our journey. Our trip brought me back to a truth I believe in – life really is much more about the journey than the destination. We travelled quite a bit, over 1,500 miles total. We opted to drive, we are a driving family and driving allowed us to take our time and stop along the way to visit family. It was indeed the trip of a lifetime, well it was for me, I might have driven them a little bit crazy.

New Roads

I loved our journey, but it really was the little moments that meant the most. Now, don’t get me wrong, that is a long way to drive and there were parts of our trip that were just long. And I really am certain we all probably drove each other a little crazy every now and then. But overall, I loved our journey. I really like to drive, I believe I inherited that from my dad, he is a driving man. Our miles flowed really well, no major traffic back-ups which was amazing considering the miles and the three major cities we went through. St Louis was an interesting adventure for me this time, I went the same way I always do. You know, the same way everyone goes. And then my dad piped up and suggested he travels around the city on another interstate. There is another option? How come I didn’t know that? Wait, maybe I did but I forgot? On the way home we went on his route, and you know what, I liked his route too! Isn’t it funny that it was natural for me to go one way and he another and neither of us considered another option. I think we do that in life too, think our way is the only way until someone says “hey what about this?” Maybe we should all say “hey what about this a little more often?”

Priceless Moments

Visiting friends and relatives was one of my favorite parts of this trip. It was good to see people I had not seen in years, I wish I had been able to visit more. We have all changed, life does that to you. But it is so good to re-connect. I have not been back home in years – it is so far and home is here now. But I was so thankful to be embraced by people so readily. I think I shall not let as much time pass between visits this next time. I think sometimes my life needs to slow down, I need to slow down, and appreciate the smallest of moments. Moments like the really good pizza shared with an old friend, the nephew who is willing to jumpstart a truck so he can show you how it runs, the grand niece who teaches you how to play a whole new version of “I Spy”, the parents who are willing to tolerate and love you and the family who supports your crazy adventures. I think I shall focus more on the moments in life, well, I will for this moment anyway. Tomorrow will probably hold a new adventure. I hope it is great as this adventure was, for this one was golden! Be well my friends, and thank you for spending part of your day with me.

Lonely…. or Royalty?

Today my writing was slightly different, I hope you enjoy my journey with you. I am writing to you from a table in the center of a restaurant. I do feel the need to tell you that I don’t sit at tables, thus I don’t sit in the center of the restaurant. Personally, I like a booth because it feels a little more private. I can sit off to the side of the restaurant and people watch without feeling like someone is people watching me. However, I also have this favorite waitress. So, I am willing to compromise my table selection for my waitress selection, and today is such a day. Now, mind you, I don’t mean I am at the center of the room within a group of tables. I mean in the center, all alone! We are off in a room and because there is a large group on one side and a small group on the other side…. and, well, here I sit. One more little fact, I am indeed sitting alone. You have joined me, so it is you and I now. Today is one of those rare times when my family is all going in different directions and my direction was brunch after church.

You Have to be Kidding Me?

I waited patiently for my table; I am always willing to wait to sit in my Hailey’s section. She isn’t my Hailey; for we are not related at all. As a matter of fact, we met her when she waited on us years ago. She was the girl with the purple in her hair, a smile on her face, and excellent service every single time. She rapidly became our favorite sever, and now our friend. Our friendship with her has evolved into something that blesses us. So, we always wait for her section. I will give up my place in line and patiently wait for I have come to see my friend as much as enjoy my meal. I was willing to wait for a table in our sweet friend’s section. So, wait I did, a little longer than I anticipated, but some things are worth waiting for and Hailey is one of those things. Imagine my surprise when I was offered a table sitting in the middle of a room. This is usually a “do you have something else available?” table. I seriously thought about it, but it seemed to be a fairly rude comment as I had already requested sitting in Hailey’s section. So I sat, and cringed inside while I waited for my friend.

Perspective is Everything

As I sat, I began to write to you. Sitting in the middle of a room is much easier to do when you have a phone to look at. I began this blog thinking about comfort zones, but the longer I sat, the more my focus changed. I began to embrace my position in the room. I had the perfect vantage point to people watch everyone. And I wondered what they thought of me… “Why is she alone,” “How awkward, sitting by yourself in the middle of the room,” “Aren’t you glad that’s not us, sitting in the middle of the room?” Then it occurred to me that my countenance and my attitude, my perspective, had everything to do with whether I was content with my seat or uncomfortable. At the end of my meal another waitress brought a chair to my table with a question of “Would you mind if we returned the extra chairs to your table?” For you see, I was sitting at a table with only two chairs, they had used the rest for the party. I assured her it would be fine and thank you for asking as “I am indeed the center of the room.” She returned with, “Well, if you are the Queen of the room, you should certainly act the part.” And we laughed, but she had a point; act the part, enjoy the moment, embrace the position. Here’s to the moments in our lives, may we embrace them even if they feel awkward and uncomfortable. By the way, I had a really nice brunch, with excellent food and service, as always. See you next Sunday Hailey! And as for me, I will chose royalty over lonely any day of the week – sometimes it’s all about attitude! Thank you, friends, for spending your time with me, be blessed.

A Water Mindset

I’m drinking a glass of ice water while I type this. I really like ice water, although I am pretty sure that is unimportant information. As I was drinking my water though I started thinking about the water in the glass. My glass is about half full. It started out full, but I have drank half of the glass of water so now it is half empty. Or is it half full? When you look at a glass of water that is half full or empty how do you see it? We have all heard the sayings about attitude and whether our glass is half full or half empty. Wait, you haven’t heard that? Ok, so the nutshell version is this. If a glass of water contains enough water for it to be halfway filled is that half full or half empty? The pessimist, the person who worries entirely too much and always views life with a negative perspective, will tell you that the glass is half empty. On the other hand the optimist, the person who is entirely too bright and cheery all the time and finds the good in most, if not all, things will tell you the glass is half full. You see how this worked right? One glass, same amount of content and yet two different views. So, is the glass half full or half empty?

Keeping it Real

I would like to tell you that my glass is overflowing. It really isn’t, remember I have drunk half of its contents, but I like the sound of that. You know, that eternal optimism… overflowing, what a great mindset. That would indeed be my goal, to have that type of a mindset. But alas, that simply is not where I am most of the time. It is where I wish I was, it is where I strive to be. But my glass often seems to have an invisible leak, for I usually think it is closer to empty than to full. I find myself focusing on negative worry way more than I am comfortable with. I have to wonder why we do this to ourselves. Why not focus on the good? Why not embrace the positive things in each day? I understand the concept is challenging, but can you imagine how you might feel if you focused on the positive in your day/week/life? Changing that one thing, our view of things, could change so much for us.

Moving Toward Positivity

I know this idea of moving from a half empty to a half full attitude may not be easy. I do understand what I am suggesting, and I understand that for some that may feel almost impossible. The beauty of life is that you do not have to do it alone. I do know sometimes life can be overwhelming. Trust me when I tell you I know too well pain that you didn’t imagine you would ever heal from. Some of the pain in my life I will never heal from. There are pains and emptiness from the loss of loved ones that is sometimes overwhelming. But, while I believe in experiencing life, I also believe in healing and in finding the good in the moment. I understand sometimes it seems impossible. Sometimes we have to get others to help us find the good.

Living a “Half Full” Mindset…Starting Today

So let’s get started in that half full mindset. I have been known to generate lists and to encourage others to do the same. One of my lists is “what makes you feel good.” It is a great list. Think about it, you spend time writing down what things and people make you feel good. Then, when the glass appears half empty, pull out that list and work towards a mindset of knowing the glass is indeed half full. Nothing changed, but your mindset. And yet everything changed. Changing how we look at life can indeed change how you feel. Sometimes, for some of us that is more difficult than it is for others. Sometimes we need help changing our mindset… ask someone for help. Feeling better and seeing your glass as half full, or even overflowing, is worth asking someone for help with. Remember changing one thing may change the view. And change begins with one little thing at a time. Thank you for spending your time with me today, be blessed my friends..

Becoming a Difference Maker

Earlier this week, I watched an interview with a retired professional basketball player.  He discussed many things, but the thing that stood out to me was the story of his childhood and of his intended legacy.  He was raised in a poverty situation by his mother and grandmother.  The was no mention of positive males in his life other than the coaches he would later meet as he would grow to become a tall and talented young man. He and his family lived in what he referred to as “the projects.” Which as we know is often the term for subsidized housing units crowded together into communities.  As I said, it was his story AND his intended legacy that I found interesting.  He spoke of what he could to do help his fellow man.  This individual happens to be black, and he indicated an interest in helping anyone who is poor, but even more so helping individuals of color who live in poverty.  He expressed how important it is to him to help others out of poverty and made comment that helping people out of poverty helps to restore their personal power. 

Power and Poverty Relationships?

That is an interesting thought, I found myself pondering it a bit.  Do people who live in poverty feel they have personal power?  Well, I would assume the politically correct thing to say is “yes.”  But I do not know that to be true.  I have certainly been poor, or sure felt like I was.  But I have never lived in urban poverty, in housing project poverty, and I have never been alone with no additional resources outside of myself.  So, I honestly don’t know how powerless those individuals feel.  But I have a feeling the basketball player knows more about it than I do, you know since he lived that life.   I once stood in a housing project outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and did a 360–looking all around me.  All I could see from any direction was the housing project.  It was so large there was a store and a doctor’s office on the grounds.  I do not know what that level of poverty feels like, and I have no idea how powerless I might feel to try to get out of that situation.  I do know that I have watched countless people try to rise above where they are in life only to fall back down.  It does indeed seem to be much more difficult to move upwards without someone there to help support and encourage you.  The reality is many of us are only one rent payment away from homelessness. 

Rising Above

So, what Cindy?  What in the world is your point with this post?  Well, I guess I had a couple of thoughts.  One, just to create an awareness that maybe rising out of poverty is not as simple as people think it is.  This really is not one of those “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” concepts.  You know where we all realize everyone could do it if only, they were more determined.  Not the case here folks.  Imagine how difficult it is to keep a job with a car that you can’t keep running.  Buy a better car?  Great idea, but I don’t have the money.  Save it up?  Again, great idea, but I live less than paycheck to paycheck.  I could get more money by working more, but who would watch my kids?  Wait, my office just closed, need a new job.  They moved the office across town and I simply can’t get there.  It really is like a house of cards, one card falls, and you have a heaping pile of fallen cards. 

So, What Can I Do?

So, back to my point.  Why am I sharing this?  Well, it was the rest of the interview–the what is your intended legacy.  How can we make a difference in the lives of our fellow man?  Give the man on the corner money?  Maybe, although most agencies that serve the impoverished and addiction communities are actually discouraging those acts due to addictions.  Send a check to my church to help the community?  Volunteer at a food kitchen?  Help build a house through Habitat for Humanity?  Watch a single mom’s child so she can work?  Send an encouraging note?  Pack a lunch for a child who might need it?  Buy a lunch for the fast food worker and tell them “Thank You.” The list goes on and on and on.  Each of us have different abilities, skills, opportunities, and resources.  But I would argue that each of us need to do SOMETHING.  For you see, that bootstrap image, do you know how much easier it is to pull those proverbial bootstraps on when someone helps?  If each of us could help someone imagine the difference, we could make.  I am so very thankful for the difference makers in my life, I am thankful for all of them, but I am especially thankful for those who carried me through life when I simply could not walk on my own. Here’s to all the difference makers–go be one. Be blessed my friends, thank you for spending part of your day with me.

Enjoying the Days of Wildflowers

I am so excited about the coming of summer! I just want to be outside. I am tired of being inside, I am tired of winter, I am tired of the cold, I am tired of COVID and I am tired of masks. But I love spring and I am so happy about the coming of warmer weather. It is so exciting to me when we get to stay outside longer in the light of the day as the evenings still have warmth and sun. I get to watch the sun go down long after I get home from work. Ahhhh… did I mention I was so ready for these seasonal changes. I find I am so eager to get home and get out. I feel like many days are a celebration of just being able to spend time outside. Even just a walk or playing catch with the dog or pulling weeds feels a bit like a treat to me. I think I was more than ready for the break and the warm weather. I’m pretty certain I will be ready for the break from the warm weather sometime around the end of summer, but for now I am glad it’s here. I do think it’ s interesting that about the time I have had enough of one season a new one rolls in. I am thankful for that, for the change. Sometimes I think I get overly impatient for something new. Maybe I just wanted some change? Probably so, but I am still glad to have it.

Emerging into today, and tomorrow

What will you do this spring? Do you have any great plans? I do not. But I do plan to try to appreciate being out and about. I think being out and around people is something I have taken so for granted in the past. When I take a walk down the street I am so glad to see people that I find myself waving and calling out from a distance, just being around people feels good to me. I think I just want to make sure I take a moment and appreciate the little things, the things that I always took for granted. Last spring looked so different. We were approaching an uncertain time, this year looks better. Many have lost loved ones in the past year, and I do not want to minimize their grief for I think it is probably enormous. I cannot imagine emerging from this season without some of your loved ones with you. But I am thankful to be here, and I am thankful for spring and the emergence of a new season. The buds, the flowers, the weather – they all just seem to breathe new life and energy into me. For today I shall pull weeds, play with the dogs, and look for worms, frogs, lizards, and wooly worm moths with my awesome neighbor. You know hanging with a youngster keeps you young, you should try it. Enjoy spring whether you make grand plans or little ones, enjoy each day. Thank you for spending this time with me. Be blessed my friends.

Creating Lasting Childhood Memories

I love the memories we make with our children. I was just thinking the other day about all of the sweet memories my parents and family helped me create as a child.  What do you recall from yours?  I know we all have some memories of our childhood we would prefer to forget.  Sometimes life dealt us less than desirable circumstance, and other times we simply made bad choices which necessitated consequences we might not have desired. But I’m not talking about those memories, I am talking about the good ones, the memories we recall with a sweet fondness. I remember my brother and I swinging as high as we could while singing “leaving on a jet plane” as if we thought we could swing high enough to fly.  It was great fun.  And the tire swing, I will forever remember the truck tire hung on the mulberry tree with a green horse rope.  Truck tires make even better tire swings than regular tires, you can fit two people on these because they are so big.  My family has always had plenty of trucks, so I’m sure truck tires were easily available for use.  I think my dad and my Uncle hung that tire for us at my Grandparents’ home, but I am also pretty sure my brother climbed that big old tree to hang the rope–oh the memories.  My family has been gone from that area for nearly 20 years and I know that tire is no longer there, but I feel like it is.  The memories, oh the memories of all those days on that swing with the cousins.  That was the best tire swing ever!  And lightening bugs, do you happen to remember catching lightening bugs?  An adult, usually mom or grandma, would get us a jar and poke holes in the lid for our mission.  Then, just as the sun would begin to go down, we would see lightening bugs and capture them for our jar.  I have no idea why we did that because we would have to release them or they would die, but it was fun.  And youth activities in the community, there are so many things kids can do these days.  I did girl scouts, and I remain thankful that my mom signed me up for those activities.  I am today still in contact with my leader when I was a child.  There were so many good memories, frequently made with little money and a lot of love.

Slow Down Life, Take a Moment for the Creation of Memories

Sometimes our current society gets a little too busy. Technology has advanced so many things, but has it also trapped us? Do we remember how to provide childhood memories like the tire swing and lighting bugs? When was the last time you did something so simple, yet profound? We have to spend time investing in our children, but we also have to spend time creating memories for them. There are so many things we can do with our kids that are not costly. Sure there are hobbies and trips and so many great things, but there are also inexpensive daily activities. Have you ever tried a camping excursion in the living room? Do you know how cool it is to build a tent over the couch with blankets and chairs? I am here to tell you this is a great activity. How about blowing dandelions in the yard? I know they are weeds, but this is fun. Do you have a pet? Walking the dog is always fun,. And even more fun after the dog is leash trained. Do you know that you can google recipes for homemade play dough and salt dough? How about baking cookies, even if it is just a box of cookie mix, still simply making memories. There really are so many things we can do. What is important is that you are intentional about doing things to create memories for your children. Those childhood memories are such a gift later. Trust me, I am sitting here enjoying walking through the years with you. Take a moment and become intentional about creating a lifetime of memories. Have fun! Thank you for spending your time with me. Be blessed my friends!

Self Expression

Just a disclaimer for my family and friends – I am good, no worries 🙂

My apologies if you get this twice – I had an unexpected publication problem. Thank you for your grace.

Sometimes I get tired of being me.  Do you ever get tired of being you?  Do you wonder sometimes if your life would be easier if you could be someone else?  It certainly feels like it could be.  Along that note, what if you were still you, but said all those things that you want to say? You know that boss that is not always nice?  Well under this new premise you could tell them what you thought of them.  Got a spouse that drives you crazy?  Tell them!  Neighbors bugging you?  Let them have it.  Just think of it…. if you have a thought, mean or nice, you get to share it.  No more holding back!  No more ulcers, no more stress, no more stomach problems.  Just tell them what you think!  Now you get to be you and enjoy it.  You no longer have to worry yourself with hurt feelings, discouragement, depression, anxiety–whatever, you get to just call it like it is.  So, what do you think?  A new way to be you and, not be you? 

WAIT! STOP! Why shouldn’t we “Tell it like it is” without regard to feelings? Hmmm, well, why aren’t we like that? There are potential downsides to all things, perhaps we should consider them?

Learning to Express Yourself?

If I decide to be a “call it like I see it” type of person you might decide to be a “leave while the leaving is good” type of person.  I am all about surrounding myself with supportive and encouraging people.   So, if I become more of a “well this was my thought so I shared it, encouraging or not” type of person you might decide to become a “I can cut you loose” type of person.  So, calling it like it is and speaking my mind may help me for a brief moment, but not in the long run.  Let’s face it, people don’t often surround themselves with others who are so frank that feelings get hurt.  I chose to be around the people that I do because they make me feel good, so I should probably offer the same back to them.  That’s not always an easy mindset, sometimes it is exhausting, but it is always necessary because these people are important to me.

Seeking Relief

So here I sit, knowing that I don’t want to be the “say everything I want to say” person, but I want to express myself and get these feelings out, so what I can I do?  So very glad you asked, because feeling better is important, and it would probably be good if you could feel better without making everyone in your social circle angry with you.  So, what can you do with your feelings? Well, writing is good for me.  Sounds crazy but when I get frustrated, I write, I don’t usually share those words–frankly, I find it to be very cathartic to tear up letters I wrote to others.  I don’t especially want to hurt your feelings, but I need to get mine out too.  I also find it helps to talk to a neutral party.  Exercise is always good in more ways than one. I am not a fit person (I wish I was, but that is another day’s blog), but I am smart enough to know that some good aerobic exercise is also good for the mind.  I also like to find activities to help my mind move on to something else, that is not easy for me, but when I am smart enough to remember to do it, it helps.  And finally, when I feel better and more in control of my feelings, I will probably try to talk to you so we can work things out and move on in our relationship.  It may take me a minute, but I do try to talk things out with people.  You will find though, that I also know not all things need to be talked out, sometimes circumstances just happened and we ended up at odds without intending to.  I also know how to just move on.  I really do like being me.  Sure, there are things about others’ lives I would like to have, but I just try to go and get what I want out of life for the most part.  I don’t know that any of us are ever truly satisfied with our lives and I think  that helps us grow.  But as far as being a version of me that says whatever she wants to, yeah, I think I will pass on that.  I think I would rather be a version of me who knows when to walk away and find another outlet for my overwhelming feelings.  I hope this reaches you where you are and helps you think of other ideas I have not even considered.  Thank you for spending time with me, be blessed my friends.

Wordless Wednesday – Baby Yoda’s Photo

Finding Arrows

Every now and then you get a unique opportunity in life. I am not referring to a lottery win, that would be nice, but I am talking about other opportunities. Several years ago, such an opportunity landed in my lap. I spent six months trying to push it away. After no success at trying to “bless” someone else with this opportunity I took it on with a great deal of trepidation and resignation, and an enormous amount of support. This past weekend, as with many other times in the past, I am glad I said “Yes” to that request. You see, my daughters archery team was in need of a coach and I was not an archer, but I was a somewhat willing soul. I am beyond blessed as a result of having said “Yes” to those kids, and that blessing continues, even today.

Finding My “Yes”

Now you have to understand, they needed a coach, I did not need a new task. I had never picked up a bow or an arrow, and didn’t know a thing about archery. In addition, I didn’t have the time, I was in the middle of a PhD program, working full time and parenting. Who has time to learn a new hobby and take on teaching others about something they themselves know little about? Not me! But you see, sometimes the greatest of blessings come disguised as what seems like insurmountable tasks. I learned how to shoot a bow, took on the role and began to build and rebuild a program. I grew a great deal. I am no longer that coach, I have handed those reigns over to others. They are very talented and committed men and they do such a better job than I ever did. I loved those kids, and worked hard, but I didn’t know the technical stuff the present coaches know. But I did know how to step up when stepping away would have been easier, and I did know how to ask for help, and ask I did. I was always thankful for the support and friendship I received over and over again. Along the way, I also learned how to find arrows. That sounds easy, but it sure is not, you would be amazed at how well those things fly and how hard they are to find. I was often not successful at finding arrows, but I was successful at supporting kids while we looked for them. I think in the end we found so much more than arrows. We found life changing things along the way.

Finding Friendships

Sometimes in our life we simply have to say, “Yes, I will help.” I spent this past weekend in an archery event with individuals from over 14 states. But the greatest thrill for me was all of the friendships. Because of life and COVID I have not seen many of these people of late. For some it had been months, for others almost a year, but it felt so very good to be in the presence of friends. I spent years helping with archery and learning from anyone who would teach me. And I can shoot, I don’t much, but I can. But you know what I learned the most? Sometimes in life, often in life, our rewards far out measure our investments. Archery was that for me, and this weekend I was able to spend time investing in others again through the vehicle archery provided me. It will be a long time before I forget some of those conversations, laughs and hugs. Great friendships were renewed and others newly formed. I am blessed by these opportunities; opportunities I did not see coming and frankly tried very hard to get away from.

Finding Blessings

I am so very thankful for this eclectic group of friends I have found on the range. You know, you never know what you might find on an archery range. If you get a chance to explore one, check it out. I would bet you will find laughter, joy, friendships, growth, work (there is plenty of that) and maybe even a pink skunk – you never know when you might find a pink skunk (my photo is of one for this edition). Whatever you do, chose “Yes” when you can. Take a chance on yourself and others and stretch outside of your comfort zone, you never know what you might find. Every now and then we have to get out and be the one who says “Yes, I will help.” I hope like me you find your return is exponentially above the efforts your “Yes” took from you. I will ever be thankful for the gift of these incredible friendships, it was certainly worth my “Yes” way back when. And every now and then, like this weekend, I get the privilege of saying “Yes” again. In return for my efforts I was gifted by the presence of incredible people. Say “Yes, I can help” and see where it takes you. Oh, and go explore and archery range – it is a beautiful thing. Be blessed my friends – and thank you for spending time with me today.