The New Year Is Like a Road Not Yet Taken - Here's How to Travel It Well
Map the route, but be prepared for obstacles and opportunities along the way
- Sunny skies or weather advisory
The next 12 months could be as variable as the weather changes one might encounter while traveling the roadways of Montana. There may be unexpected snow showers, a rainbow, some slippery black ice, or brilliant sunlight suddenly bursting from behind a cloud.
- Don't miss the eagle sightings and the short cuts
Be on the lookout so as not to miss unanticipated surprises - like an eagle overhead, or discovering a faster route to work. There will be times when everything just seems to go right. Dry roads and clear skies, a drop in the price of gas, and good company can make long miles simply fly by.
- Construction and Road Blocks
Obstacles will probably need to be overcome, like road repairs or the semi-truck that looms ahead in the no-passing lane. A flat tire, or a policeman signaling that we have exceeded the speed limit can slow us down. Sometimes we even run out of gas.
Getting there is half the funThere are times when we can't wait to get to our destination and times we wish we would never arrive. We can't always speed up or slow down the journey, but we can strive to make the most of every minute.
- Pick traveling companions wisely
Who we chose to travel with can greatly influence the success and enjoyment of our journey.
- Vary the route - or follow a familiar one
Familiarity can lead to boredom - or nostalgia. Choosing an alternate route can be a mistake, or perhaps lead to an unexpected and enriching adventure.
- Use the rearview mirror
Always remember to look back. Knowing what is behind us can help us better understand what lies ahead.
- Passing lanes
Sometimes people will overtake us or sometimes we may pass others. It is best for these interactions to occur legally, politely and without conceit or rancor.
Keep the right frame of mindWhether the road ahead is well paved or filled with orange barrels, it is best traveled with an open mind and an open heart. The road ahead holds the promise of endless possibilities.
While many people sing Robert Burn's song of "Auld Lang Syne as a year comes to a close," I think of the poem The Road not Taken by Robert Frost. The best end to a year is when we can look back and say, "I'm glad I went the way I did."
My hope is that we can all say that at the end of 2015.
I previously published this article on Yahoo Contributor Network. Since it is no longer available there, I thought I would share it here. It appears to have been a precursor to this blog ... I wrote it long before I named this website, but used the phrase “make the most of every” midway through!
Are you happy with the directions you went in 2014? What changes will you make in 2015?
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