According to Plan

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

And when they don’t, it’s easy to call it a failure.

You can throw in the towel.
Abort mission.
Start the list of excuses.

OR

You can take this as an OPPORTUNITY for a new plan
that may hold even better results.

Tonight was date night with my little princess.

Plan “A” was to go to the trampoline park and jump for a couple hours. It’s one of her favorite places.

However, within 5 minutes of arriving, her stomach became unsettled and we decided to leave.

Bummer.

So it was off to Plan “B” which was walking along the Columbia River and watching the sunset.

Unfortunately, with the breeze and no jacket, it was too cold for her. So our walk lasted about 50 yards.

Bummer.

So then Plan “C” was to drive a short distance over to the airport to sit and watch the planes land.

This is something that we used to do frequently when she was young and now do rarely.

Bingo!

Great conversations while watching the planes land about a hundred yards away.

Talking aerodynamics and physics.
Talking life.
Talking family.
Talking transcendence.

Her take: “It wasn’t what we thought this evening would be about, but it was still fun.”

Take every turn as an opportunity.

Find new paths.

Find new successes.

The Real Investment: Your Time

Your kids won’t remember all the stuff you bought them.

They may not even recall that awesome trip.

Your late night working will go without thanks.
(This includes working your ass off at work
so that they can have a nice house, cool clothes,
and food on the table.)

What will they remember?

The times when you were doing things with them.

Fully present.
Mind.
Body.
Spirit.

That’s about the best investment.

It is what will reap dividends for your child and for you.

Today’s big investment for me, came in the form of 2 fitness workouts with my daughter.

  • High intensity interval training (HIIT) this morning.
  • Boxing class this evening.

Does having her there distract me from getting the best physical workout? Yes.

Is it valuable for her to know that I will take the time to show her how throw a punch and sweat right alongside her? Yes.

The dividend: “Daddy, I had a ton of fun tonight. I’m probably going to be sore tomorrow from all those punches. I love when we get to box together.”

Win.

Make your investments in your kids each day. It is worth it.

Happy Anniversary

My best friend and I renewed our wedding vows tonight. Recommitting our love to one another was a fitting way to celebrate our 16th anniversary.

Thank you, Sherry, for believing in us and believing in me.

Great friends, food, and faith. Thank you for celebrating with us Tim, Leann, Kendall, Vicki, Jack, Mo, Jonny, Mei, Suzanna, Sarah, Emily, Carter, and Rileigh Ann.