February 28, 2015, 12:53 am
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Two pals share a meal

Two pals share a meal

February 28, 2015

Last night I broke bread with some great men. They are not famous, but neither am I. They are just regular guys who love their families. They work regular jobs, drive plain old cars and work and worry about life’s events. They lead by example, seek God’s blessings in all they do and lean on one another. It was an honor to get to know them.

Life can be rough. It is a wonderful thing to have friends. Each of us has something to offer another. It may be a skill or perhaps just a hand up. Sometimes, it is just nice to have someone to talk with and share problems, plans and ideas. I am thankful for my friends. My hope is that I am a good friend to others!

As February comes to a close and the temperature once again dips low, I will reflect on the value of friends, dream about warmer days…and make plans for maple syrup making!


Pooling My Thoughts
April 28, 2014, 9:52 pm
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Reflections on the back pond

Reflections on the back pond

April 28, 2014

Recently, I have been doing a lot of deep thinking. I think about goals, plans and failures. I look towards the future with a bright outlook, but can’t help dwelling in the past now and then. There is much to learn from our past experiences, especially where we have failed. It is good to revisit those failures now and then to examine what went wrong, be it love, jobs or field trials.

I have failed at all three. I am not sure if that makes be a “home run hitter” or just a normal guy, but when it comes to falling on my face now and then, I am an expert! I am also resilient. I have enough optimism for three people. I can find the good in most things and many people… but sometimes I struggle to see the good in me. So, these are the times when I need to pause and reflect.

I think these times are good for all of us. We need to look backwards every now and then to see just how far we have come. It is good to reset our compass, align new goals and define a path forward. It is a time to dig deep, sort things out and move forward. It may even mean setting new goals and embracing a whole new plan… that is OK. The only thing that matters is that you have a plan, a dream or a goal. If these things are missing from your life, it can be very empty.

Lastly, I know we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. Many things that don’t turn out like we thought they should…were simply not meant to be. We cannot fix those things. We can only remember them, learn from them, cherish what we want and forget about the rest. I draw from my memories in many things that I do, even the bad things have value. I farm and make maple syrup because of great memories, some surrounded in tragedy. These things make me whole and help define who I am 😮