Today I am thankful for continuation.
Today is the three hundred and sixty fifth time I’ve written this blog. In most years this would be the last day needed to complete a year. It’s the namesake of this blog, even though leap year has added a day on me 🙂
Over the past week I’ve been surprised at how many times people have mentioned that I’m “almost done!” It is usually followed up by, “I can’t believe you did it!” Even my own boys are counting it down. Every time I hear this I can’t help but smile. The finish line is right there in front of me. Only a couple of more steps. I could trip and my chin would cross the line. Less than .3% left to go, over 99.7% done. Just a little further and I can hang it up, enjoy the sense of accomplishment, and move on…
It’d be very easy to chalk this past year of blogging up as a win. I’m very proud of this accomplishment. Typing this blog takes a lot of time just in thought and then the actual typing. It has been hard work and has taken sacrifice. It has taken all of my grit and resolve to follow through every single day. I’ve had to be resourceful and find ways to keep it going even if I had no data coverage or time. In my humble opinion, I’ve been able to do something great over the past year, I’ve accomplished my goal.
This past year hasn’t just been a lot of work for me. There’ve been many times that Becky does my share of stuff with the boys or around the house so i have time to type. Honestly, she’s never even said a word, just jumping in and trying to help give me the space and time I need to get this blog out of me. I think she’s seen a difference over the past year and it seems like she may like the little extra boost of happiness and energy I have, even at this advanced age 🙂 I can’t even begin to thank her enough for helping me chase this crazy dream that I kind of came up with on a whim that has snowballed into something bigger.
Remember the story of Becky and I running the marathon? In case you missed it, check out Day 73 – Thankful for Enjoying the Journey. I learned something from that experience. As a matter of fact, that’s why I’m using that same picture again for today’s post. I’ve also learned something from my trip to Colorado (Check out Day 313 and Day 312). The irony of those two days being back to back still makes me mile. Being able to keep pushing past the next hill while stopping to enjoy the things we’ve really been seeking all at the same time. These, and several other lessons pulled from other days, are all examples of listening for the gentle nudges from something bigger. If I stop and really listen, I know what I need to do.
So what am I getting at here? Why end when continuing sounds so much better? This journey is helping me learn more about myself. It is forcing me to pay attention to the world around me in a very different way. I am happier because of this journey. I am a better father, husband, friend, leader, follower, and person by going through this journey. That being said, I still have a huge gap to work on. This project has helped me start to truly understand the distance between who I am and who I am supposed to be, and this project has also helped me start to bridge that distance.
Hang it up, call it good, relax, and bask in the afterglow of a successful dream? Screw that. I’m in for another year of being thankful! Here’s to continuation, the only thing better than the completion of a dream is the journey to get there. I’m running right through the finish line and will think about stopping after this next lap around the sun.