For us, the Booys of Dream Acres North, that road is no longer a paved road, but a gravel dirt road that ends at the top of a mountain, and thus began a year of major change. Our choice. Our change. We know that choice, chaos, and change equals challenge, but not quite in the enormous doses we received. It was our choices in dealing with these challenging changes that made for a fun and rewarding 2015.
A year ago, I was looking out the window at green growing grass and popped-up daffodils, as I wrote my column in mid-January, and now as I look out the window, it is again mid-January and I see a picturesque panorama of snow-laden trees and three feet of snow, with the renowned Enderby cliffs as the mountain backdrop. In the morning, I will be awakened at 4:30am (a major change for me!) by my cell phone alarm (a change from an alarm clock), put on my woolen winter wear and BOGS boots, grab my keys (major change), walk out into the freezing mountain air with its nostril-clearing freshness (major change from dreary drizzle), climb into and warm up the pick-up (a major change from walking 100 feet to the barn door), and follow the snowplow down the winding mountain road to the valley below, where my cows await me in a rented barn.
After milking and chores are done, I wind my way back up the mountain and take a small detour at the bottom of our property, onto the new road leading to the cul-de-sac recently built and completed by us, which leads to four beautiful subdivided properties, carved out of our beautiful serene forest in anticipation of four families looking forward to the positive changes in their lives in the coming years. Major changes indeed!
They say change is necessary. Maybe.Maybe not. It should be your choice, your change. With the right choices and right changes, it could make the travel down your destiny road that much more rewarding. Change should be fun! Change should be challenging! If these two criteria are met, then positive change will be the reward. For others who have had all the change they need in a lifetime and have reached their destiny road destination, change is not necessary, and life can be just as content with a desire for the status quo. For us, the year 2015 is one for the memory books, with all its change choices, but will indeed keep us "Forever Young!" Now bring on 2016…may it be just a little bit routine! We are in need of a rest.