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Having a goal

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.
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    So this is how the other half lives... sigh. What a calming and peaceful place to stop. Being a city girl, there is no way you could get me in an isolated wooded area with your little munchkins as guard dogs. This is your reward for being brave. I guess I will have to stick with my awful city sidewalks and pollution until I get up the courage to venture into the woods.
    1854 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    First you wanted me to track my food and fitness, and now you want me to set goals, too? Yeesh. By the time you guys are done with me, I'll be able to walk on top of the lovely water in your photos! (* hoping no one will be offended by that remark*...*posting it anyway*...*deciding I'm in no danger of perfection any time soon*)
    1856 days ago
    I love the new water spot on your walk now. It looks very inviting. I love water. The old water spot looks like our creek. LOL. Most of our rivers here are pretty big - tributaries of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. I'm sure yours in Massachusetts didn't have rattlesnakes like ours do though. LOL. Copperheads. Water moccasins. I've seen them all. Especially near Little Grand Canyon on the annual snake migration when they close the road twice a year. I dread my first snake sighting this year.
    1858 days ago
    It is wonderful to live so close to big water. I don't know if I would be happy without my constant view of the bay and strait as there is something so soothing about it.
    1861 days ago
    I also love to be on or near the water and find it soothing and comforting. How beautiful your half way point is!
    1862 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    I, too, prefer to walk near water. It hasn't been easy finding good places near me, but I have a few. One, which I walked at sunset last night, had just been through a heavy rain, and I felt like I was walking through Southern France---it felt so lush, and the colors were so vivid.

    We need those mental escapes a vista can trigger!

    1862 days ago
  • _LINDA
    What a gorgeous place!! You have indeed found a special place! It was wonderful when I went up north with my sister and Mom and we would stop at rustic camps and pull outs and just walk in the woods. It wouldn't be long before we could here the trickle of water as our province is full of lakes and creeks and rivers everywhere. It is very soothing!
    1862 days ago
    looks like a great place to walk, I too love water
    1862 days ago
    Beautiful pics.. I love water too and today drank in the smell of the ocean on our morning dog walk.

    Goals are so important and my current one is finding natural pain relief.. so far so good!
    1862 days ago
    Nice pics. I love the water too. I find it refreshing and calming too. Thanks for sharing.
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    1862 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. Nice places to visualize your goals. I think I need something like those places to see what I want.
    1862 days ago
  • GABY1948
    What a lovely and amazing blog! SO calming, thanks for taking us along, Suzy! So glad you are back blogging!

    1862 days ago
    Beautiful pictures of your walk. I'm laughing at myself because years ago my half way/turn around goal was a Dairy Queen; no more! I even enjoy the yards right here in the neighborhood. Love seeing other peoples yards and gardens. Still my trail walks and the field runs with Sugar and friends are my favorites. Thanks for sharing.
    1862 days ago
    Love the water view. Thanks for sharing your unique homespun philosophy. Goals
    are very important in a life well lived.

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    1862 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Nice and effective way to plan your walks. Keep it up.
    1862 days ago
    How very lucky you are to have such great places to walk.
    1862 days ago
    I love water, too. My favorite walking is when I'm out at our lake cabin, with the lake on one side of the road and a wildlife refuge on the other. And also when there I'm not on a schedule and I can really enjoy and reflect on the scenery. You live in a beautiful area!
    1863 days ago
    Suz I am green with envy, how beautiful! And a great goal!

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    1863 days ago
    At this time of year along my walk there are small brooks and tiny waterfalls meandering through the forest. I love it!
    1863 days ago
    Just looking at the photos has a calming effect. That's a goal worth having.
    1863 days ago
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