I stole the subject header from “West Wing”, toward the end when Santos was campaigning at like a half dozen cities per day, losing all track of where they were or had been. Sometimes it was all a big blur of exhaustion and self-doubt, but he learned to adapt and regroup. He remained focused on his objective, despite deep personal loss and the threat of a looming international conflict.
For my purposes, I just like the notion of “welcome to wherever you are”. It could read “be here now”—leave the past and its baggage, accept and even embrace the present temporary circumstances for what they are (in this case Ohio), but stay centered on the big picture, the exit strategy if you will. It is possible to make peace with a deferral of hope, without settling or resignation. You just tighten the belt some more, grit your teeth, and keep your eye on the prize. It can be the difference between hope and despair.
So for now, we gaze out past the discouragement and insecurity to our future hope, and make the most of what we do have, which is a lot. We explore local natural resources and beauty, and visualize our own future garden. Speaking of which, we’ll be off to our next hike. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of…”Wherever You Are”!