Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Razors Edge – Balancing Family and the Passion of the Outdoors

All too often, people who are drawn to hunting and fishing are known to land on the side of OBSESSION!  We talk, think and sleep our love for the outdoors and the many activities that can be enjoyed in it.  It is also a time when the obsession can cause some turmoil in our households.  The statement, “If Momma ain’t happy, then nobody is happy!” can be all too true as weeks of preparation for the season melt into the season itself.  We can spend an inordinate amount of time on stuff that in the end, really isn’t going to matter.

Finding a balance is crucial for healthy relationships whether it is with your spouse, kids or even friends.  This way, you can still do what you love while letting those you love know it too!

#1 – Be Where You Are – The Bible says in James 1:8, that "a double minded man is unstable in all his ways."  And man is this true!  Check out this clip from the movie, “The Last Samurai.”

Too many mind!  Try to focus on where you are and experience life to the fullest right then and there.  When you are doing outdoor stuff, be there, enjoy it, give it all you have.  The same holds true for when you are with your family.  Give them your full, undivided attention.  This will give them the knowledge that you care for them just as passionately as the outdoors. Typically your family will support you at a higher level in your adventures when they sense this.

#2 – Plan For Success – Most hunters and fisherman meticulously plan out a trip.  We pour over maps and equipment and rehearse in our minds how that trip will work out.  However when it comes to the Wife and kids, we can sometimes be callous and think that a trip to just any restaurant or movie will suffice.  We should plan something for the whole family with the same energy we use for our obsession.  You can be super Husband or Dad, by planning something fun that takes a little thought.  This communicates to those you love that they matter just as much as what you love to do.

Courtesy of the Sportsman Channel
#3 – Take Them With You – There is nothing more fun than to see a Dad celebrate when the love of his life or his pride and joy bags a deer or catches a monster.  Bringing those - that you love - into - what you love - is the easiest solution for you to enjoy both worlds at the same time.  Passing it on to the next generation is one of the greatest accomplishments you can achieve.  Studies have proved that families that enjoy recreational activities together have lasting bonds and do not succumb as easily to divorce and the ills of American culture.  Click For the Study Link

I hope you find your balance as the season is soon upon us.  Remember to make Momma happy!

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