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Blog entry by Rick posted 02-03-2009 08:28 PM 872 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you like adventure, you like life. When I was a kid, my mom used to take us 3 kids Fort Cobb Lake, OK. Every weekend, we’d leave Friday evening, arrive 90 minutes later, upack and miss Saturday morning cartoons from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

We’d pitch a tent for the summer – park rangers would watch it. We swam, played cards, etc.

My favorite thing was walking through the woods and weeds around the lake as far from the normal camping areas as possible. It was quiet, peaceful, and I tried and quit smoking in about 5 minutes.

It was the “new ground” I loved to explore.

I started back into woodworking to relax, go over some past ground that was now unfamiliar again, and continue finding creative outlets, along with my photography business (still building) and music.

Suddenly found myself out of a job, working part-time at Rockler, and both loving and stressed about “the new ground” I was covering.

Even with more time on my hands, I found less time for woodworking – except for some Christmas present lathe work. Some days, knowing I only have 15 minutes, I’ll just putz around in my garage/shop dreaming and wishing.

This is not a sob story. But it is a reality. Now I find that I’m at another crossing path.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the woods to come to you. Don’t be afraid of the woods. Enjoy the woods, and watch for paths that lead to new places. You may even find new ones covering familiar ground

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success



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#1 posted 02-03-2009 09:41 PM

I love the woods… and unexplored paths. It’s a great source of inspiration. Even when life’s forest forces you to walk somewhere you’ve never been, you may quickly find that just around the next bend in your new path may be your answer…........

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 09:49 PM

rroades, I think I’m on the same path, not sure where it’s going.

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 09:52 PM

This is my take, exactly…
The future isn't always clear, but there is a path.

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 09:58 PM

Yeah, look out for that large grizzly bear or mountain lion in the bushes.

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 09:59 PM

Woodchuck & Steve,

Someone once had me respond to the question “half full or half empty”. I told them that at times, it’s either. But we can always refill the glass.

I’m not the eternal optimist. In fact, I still have some hurting toes stubbed on roots and rocks in the paths (and a couple concussions!). Maybe I’m just trying to “act my way into a new way of feeling”. But regardless of my ups and downs, what are you going to do? Quit in the middle of the woods? Might as well explore a little while we’re out here.

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#6 posted 02-03-2009 10:00 PM

Ah yes, dinner…

Oops – that ME!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 10:02 PM

Walk softly and carry a big stick.

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 10:02 PM

Every once in a while on your path, you may come to what you think is a dead end- a place where you can’t walk any further. Most the time, if you just stop, sit down, take it all in- and think a little, you discover the dead end path actually leads you to the solution .

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 02-03-2009 10:21 PM

Just REALLY remember the “think” part. In other words…

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!!!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#10 posted 02-03-2009 10:48 PM

As a true believer in O’Hara’s law: “Murphy was an optimist”, there is light in the darkest. One just has to open ones eyes a bit wider…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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