I'd like to invite you to join me on a journey to a someday place. What's that? It's a place we all long to escape to and that's different for each of us. Some of us dream about being in the mountains and some of us dream about listening to the sound of the surf as we drift off to sleep.
We all work hard and handle the difficulties that life throws at us. I found it easier to cope because I always had the dream that someday I would live in a place of great natural beauty. These things just don't happen magically. If the dream is ever to become a reality we must work towards it, making a plan and taking each small step towards the reality.
Truthfully, sometimes our dreams are simply will never come true because of things that are out of our control but we must dream and work towards making those dreams reality.
For many years I worked very hard at a job that was difficult. My health was not good and I struggled. I was the one that was providing health insurance for my family and it was an important responsibility. What kept me going was a photo and a chunk of rock on my desk. The photograph was the view from the mountain top lot that we'd purchased in the Ouachita Mountain range in Arkansas and the chunk of rock was a piece of pink granite from that lot.
The Farmer and I had visited the area and fell in love with the great natural beauty of Arkansas. We dreamed the dream first and then we took the next step when we bought the land. There's nothing on it at this point in time, not even a lean-to, but maybe someday.
That's my definition of a "maybe someday place". We should all have one. Whether we dream of a cottage in Yorkshire or a small house in Tuscany or a thatched roof casita on a beach. We all need that maybe someday place.
Daniel Boone once said, "When you can see the smoke from your neighbor's chimney, it's time to move on." From this vantage point from our land we cannot see a single rooftop or any sign that humans live below. At night there's one farm light visible and we can see the lights from the marina on the lake to the left, but that's it.
The most spectacular thing about this place is the quiet. It is quiet enough to hear the sounds of nature. Birds soar soundlessly overhead and only in the evening do the sounds ramp up. Tree frogs raise their voices in a deafening chorus.
Please join me for a few minutes on the mountain.
Where's your someday place? Where do you dream about escaping to someday?