Thursday, April 18, 2013
We all know how important goals are at SparkPeople. If you don't set 'em, you don't get 'em. I even have a daily goal of envisioning my goal, whatever it may be at the time. Of course, I go along for spells of time having no idea what my "goal" is, but then something comes into focus and I aim for it. This is a good thing.
On a more practical level, my daily morning walk (now 4 miles long) becomes more motivating and entertaining if I have a goal other than a fresh cup of coffee at the end. The halfway point is a helpful place to set a goal, because after that I can turn around and aim for the coffee.
Both in Exeter, NH, and here in Florida, I found a halfway goal that involves stopping at a calming water view. In Exeter, my walk was on narrow lanes through our wooded trailer park. The lovely part was that a narrow part of the Exeter River wound through it.
It swelled and sometimes flooded over the roads, making them impassable during heavier spring rains and snow melt. Beavers built dams in it. Muskrats swam by. I saw canoers on it once. And at the halfway point on my walk, the road ended overlooking the river. The man who lived at the end of the road put up a chain and a sign there that read "Bridge Out." (He also had a sign outside his house, reading "Antiques Made to Order." A quiet sense of humor is typical New Hampshire Yankee.) I envied this fellow his location overlooking the river, a meadow, the woods, and nothing else, and I stopped there to breathe deep every time I walked. I stood right where the arrow is pointing in this picture.
So I was thrilled when I was out taking a long walk here, and came across this.
The water is bigger here, but just as soothing, and I can get to it every day of the year if I want.