Today my Journey advanced two miles. I started the day with a wonderful walk with my beautiful wife. The sun was just peaking over the horizon as we powered the 1.75 miles through the neighborhood. It’s easier to power when you don’t have the dogs by your side.
And so, tonight, after a long day of work, we took the challenge of dog walking. We went a much shorter distance due to the thunder and threat of rain. But despite the quick turn-around, we still managed to gather another quarter of a mile. This gave us a total of two miles for the day.
And that’s my goal. Every day. Two miles more.
As we returned to the house, I stopped to take this picture of our front yard and walk way. If you haven’t read much of my work, you don’t know the love I have for my house and my yard. To me, it represents stability, longevity and safety. For the first fifteen years of our married life we lived in apartments, rentals or parsonages. We were on the move, living in five locations in that short amount of time. When we bought this house in 2000, it meant more to me than a place to lay our heads until the next move. It meant that we finally had a Home. This was a place where we would stay, raise our children, make great friends, secure our marriage, and finally end our nomadic ways.
And so, every tree I plant, every bush I trim, every time I mow, every cabinet we paint, each one represents our effort to secure this home for the future life we have together.
It’s a lot like my walks in the morning. This whole Journey thing isn’t just about losing a few pounds or lowering my cholesterol. It’s about so much more. My body is my residence. If I drop a pound or two, it’s like planting a flower for the future. If my blood pressure stays down, it’s like knowing that the tree I’ve planted will provide shade I’ll enjoy for years to come. The morning walk, the Journey to 50 is really more about coming home and less about walking away.
My house and my body are both places I’d like to stay for a very long time. I might as well make them the perfect location to live the rest of my life.