A year of good commuting on the bus

UTA busFor the past 12 months, I have been commuting to work on the bus and train because my company moved offices. What was a  5.7 mile bicycle commute is now an 18 mile bus and train ride. It has taken a lot of adjustment and requires significantly more time, but it has saved money over driving and my current job is my best work option right now. The commute has also helped me, maybe I could say forced me, to find ways to use my commute time to fill some gaps in my life. Gaps like education, spiritual renewal, physical improvement, and even social skills. So, maybe what started as a “hardship” really is a blessing. However, the story of what I do on my commute is for another time. Today, I want to keep to the commute and what it means to me.
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Seeing the forest among the trees

Can't see the forest for the trees

It seem s kind of weird to reflect on reflecting, but I often do a lot of this each year when I am at Lake Powell.  Somehow it just seems appropriate with one of my rare opportunities these days to be out in nature, surrounded by its immenseness and beauty. Today, as I am sitting on the upper deck of a houseboat overlooking Hulls Creek Bay, I realize that  I have spent many hours doing this over the years. I I like to step back and see what has happened. Too often in regular life, i am running around from this to that so quickly that I am among the trees and never take enough time to see if I am really headed where I want to go. By occasionally stepping back, I can evaluate where I am and try to figure out if I am on the right track still.

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2010 – a bad year, but

As I reflect on 2010, the things that come to mind first are the things that happened most recently: my lifelong friend dying and a trip to the emergency room for me. If I think a bit more, I can come up with numerous other bad things that happened in 2010:

  • Our family didn’t have a really exotic vacation this year.
  • Work was extremely busy and stressful most of the year.
  • A person I trained daily for nearly six months was laid off.
  • A co-worker and close friend of 10 years is gone from work.
  • Several other friends were laid off.
  • I moved from a nice cubicle situation to a really crappy one.
  • I have been sick more than usual.
  • We had car problems on our Vegas trip.
  • I had to speak in Church (no necessarily a bad thing,m but a stressful and time consuming thing).
  • I messed up a wedding photo shoot.
  • I needed to sell stock options at a bad time.
  • My kids had some school grades and ballroom set backs.
  • I waited too long to schedule my eye exam so I lost out on getting new glasses for free through my insurance.
  • I had my first root canal.
  • We didn’t make it to the Festival of Trees, a fund raiser for a local childcare’s hospital, like we usually do.
  • We spent way too much money on ballroom.
  • We needed a new roof on our house.

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