Sunday, March 24, 2019


I am so excited to be back writing for those of you who follow me.  I took a year or so off.  We added a daughter, moved to a new house, and did life.  All of the things that can keep anyone busy have been doing exactly that, however, this blog is still important to me as I hope it is to many of you.

Many physical developments have transpired over the past year plus that have made doing the outdoors that much more challenging.  It is at this place of pain that I want to begin.  As the disease of FSH Muscular Dystrophy continues to steal away my strength, I must daily answer the question of whether or not to quit my pursuits of the things I love.  The dilemma is not just the world of the outdoors but of work, play, parenting, and beyond.

So much of life comes down to a simple question:  I am going to conquer or be conquered?  On the outset, this seems like an easy enough question to answer, but when an individual begins to count the cost of what conquering might entail, the molehill can turn into a mountain quickly.  A deep sense of dread and of being overwhelmed can ensue.  This can spiral downward into hopelessness and depression.  STOP!

The Bible is full of great wisdom.  Even if you are an unbeliever, the Bible has

some great psychology teachings in it.  Take the verse below for instance:

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
"8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

What we place our thoughts on will dominate us.  If we are chronically thinking about what we cannot do, we will continue not to do anything.  However, if we change our brain, get rid of the stinking thinking, we then can begin to process our situations through fresh vision.

We still may be limited in the way we go about life, but we are still going about our lives.  Quitting isn't just a one time action.  It becomes the attitude of our hearts and a lifestyle.  Instead of saying, "Well, I guess I will have to quit 'x'."  Learn to say, "Well, I can no longer do 'x' the way I have always done it.  I must learn to do it a new way."

The old saying, "where there is a will there is a way," is excellent.  Without the word WILL, it is a dead statement.  Will can best be defined as "convinced".  In other words, when you "will" do something, you are "convinced" it must be done.

Be convinced - get out there.  Enjoy nature, your family...your life!