I was one of those student’s at school who was a teacher’s dream. I possessed the knack of being able to see something in print and remember it for a very long time – or at least long enough to ace the test! Can’t remember the answer to a question? No problem! I simply “saw” the pages of my study notes and reread them in my mind until I found the answer. Piece of cake! I can’t say that I necessarily mastered the content, but since grades were the goal, being a visual learner certainly made accomplishing that goal much easier.
All my life, I’ve been visual. When I’ve had goals or dreams, I’ve surrounded myself with visual reminders of the prize that I was working towards. Visualizing my dreams has kept me healthy and well and balanced – and yes, sometimes even sane! This summer, the goal was Scotland. My girlfriend Beth and I have been planning a trip for the past six months. Our husbands have already been and had no interest in going again so we were being totally decadent and planning a trip without them – just the girls on a road trip to remember! All winter, we’ve saved our pennies, read travel guides, plotted the routes we wanted to take, watched online video feed from spots of interest, surrounded ourselves with pictures, articles, music from the Highlander (yes, we were going to the Isle of Skye, Kyle of Loquash, and right into the heart of the Highlands), and all things Scots to make a red-head’s heart do a quick-step. We were ready and my desk (and hers) have the pictures to prove it!
Of course, that was before cancer decided to interfere with our plans. But, no worries. Scotland isn’t going anywhere and we’ve simply moved our timetable out a year. The work is already done and we’ll just make the trip a little later rather than sooner. At the moment, I have a new goal – removing this invader from my body and just getting through the “cure.” Six and a half months of chemo, surgery, and another couple of months of radiation…well, it’s going to be a journey, one that I’m hoping will be done by the first of the year.
Being me, I’m already planning A celebration party to make the end of this journey (and kicking cancer’s butt!) and had to ask myself the question, just how will we celebrate this goal when the journey’s all done? Going to Scotland is without a doubt most definitely still on the agenda but I want to celebrate the end of this journey with Cotton as well. After all, he’s on this journey with me, but the question of how remained? The answer came to me in a brilliant stroke of genius (I do still have my moments)…Cotton & I need to go back to the BVI on a sailing trip. We went eight years ago and it is still the Vacation-to-Remember! What better way to celebrate the end of a long journey than to go to a place full of light, fresh air, water, and beauty beyond measure?
So, we’re beginning to plan – beginning to dream – and friends are signing up and dreaming with us. It will be a party! I’m starting to gather my “visual” reminders to keep me focused on the goal – good health, good life, the end of doctors and treatments – and a well-deserved celebration of the end of a long journey. Terri & Dana totally get the visual thing. They came over last weekend a bearing gift –a BEAUTIFUL canvass print of a sailboat in the moonlight. It’s large enough to go over the mantle in my office which is exactly where it lives. Dana took it on one of their vacations and specially made the print for us. It’s a gift of healing: a visual reminder that we’ll make it through this journey and that there is a great reward at the end. I like that! I may not be able to do much more than be deck fluff next year, but it’s a goal and every time I walk into the office, I’m reminded of goal. Here’s to winning the prize. Here’s to island time!
”13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
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