My eyes traced the line. It lay miles beyond the car window that supported my daydreaming head. I wanted to walk on that line - where the sky meets the trees. It moved up and down revealing the silhouette of the mountain below. Oh, how my child-self longed for big boots so I could scale that line and reside, just for a while, in that meeting place of sky and tree top. Even today that line calls to me and in the calling stirs my pioneering spirit.
Dreams of the horizon's promise are important. They impart hope, stir motivation. But, if left to run unchecked they can tarnish the beauty of our current location which at one time was the very horizon we longed to attain.
So, to help foster my future hopes and enjoy present circumstances I practice these three habits each day.
I remember the Lord's Prayer. Jesus asked, "Give us this day our daily bread." I rephrase that portion and ask, "Father, today please give me what I need for the moments this day holds." It reminds me that my next 24 hours are vital, full of potential, and need my focus.
I schedule (yes, I write them down), breaks or times of rest. Football games have half time, plays and symphonies have intermission. Pause is life-giving, allows us to regroup, and enhances the second half - of the game, the play, and our day.
I pause and retrace my steps. Reflection is the other side of projection. With a life filled with activities and many dreams, goals, and tasks to tackle, we can miss celebrating our success and learning from our errors when we don't take time to look back on the day’s events. This one activity can produce exponential benefits in every area of our lives.
The horizon will always pull me. But, I choose to enjoy my days on my way there. Let's start our days with a prayer, stop and rest in the middle, and end on a note of reflection - right where you are. Celebrate the good and make course corrections when needed.