The Road Ahead


Still Life with a Curtain (1895). French painter Paul Cézanne was born on this day in 1839 (died 1906).


If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.

– American singer-songwriter and actress, Dolly Parton, was born on this day in 1946.

It’s okay to change directions.

In fact if you realize you’re going the wrong way, or not going anywhere at all then it’s essential to change directions.

I have a tendency to argue with Google maps. The nice lady doesn’t seem to understand that there are parts of the city that I know better than she does.

That’s not necessarily paving another road.

Although if you work for VDOT, I can show you a few spots you missed.

If you are a long time reader here, you know that I often change directions. I talk pretty openly about writing plans. Sometimes I actually hit the goal, sometimes not.

And, that’s okay.

The point is, as I’ve said before, that no matter what the obstacles, that you keep going.

Even if you have to create your own path.

It’s Friday, and you don’t need to be hanging around here reading my ramblings. Get out there and make a new path to your weekend.

Just come back Monday.

And, before you go, a little Dolly…

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Later on, when they had all said “Good-bye” and “Thank-you” to Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting to-day?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

– A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

English author, Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne, best known as the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, was born on this day in 1882 (died 1956).

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As this is being written the weather dudes are saying we’re getting more snow on Wednesday. We’ll see. Weather reports can change.

Personally, I’ve had enough snow for the season.

That said, based on the quote, I was going to title this post “and a side of bacon” but then I thought that wouldn’t be very kind to Piglet.

I love the Winnie-the-Pooh stories for their honesty and simplicity, and for their wisdom. Pooh was quite the philosopher.

And no, I’ve never read The Tao of Pooh.

But Pooh and Piglet are right. There’s much to look forward to with each new day.

Whether it’s your favorite breakfast, or your favorite trip, or event…or whether you’re just getting up to go the the gym on the way to the office again.

Each day is a new opportunity. A blank slate if you will.

Each day is an opportunity.

I readily admit that I don’t like the unknown. I don’t like surprises.

Still, there’s something about having a fresh day in front of us.

Even those days filled with to do lists, and meetings, and errands, and even snow can have windows of opportunity.

Scripture puts it this way.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

There’s a new day in front of you. A blank page.

Make it a great day.

Maybe there will be French toast.

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