Friday, March 25, 2011

Long Range Vision


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

How's your long-range vision? Well, I didn't see 22 inches of new snow coming in on the Sunday, the first day of spring, on a full-moon weekend, did you? The day before, the weather report predicted scattered snow with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation for the day. Have they ever been right this year? We had 3 inches of new snow by noon and it didn't stop until Monday.

How's your long-range vision? Did you see the economic disaster coming to this community and throwing so many people out of work and into jeopardy? When we hear of endangered species in our surrounding forests, did we think it would include the B.C.H.S. (Blaine County Homo sapiens)? Now, there's a species that has been threatened. When you're one paycheck from the street in a resort town, you're getting close to being an endangered species.

How's your long-range vision? Did you foresee the uprisings in the Middle East, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan or any of the world's natural disasters in recent times? Hell, I didn't even foresee a Starbucks in the visitor center or Newt Gingrich coming back. I've seen healthy friends suddenly become not.

Trying to see ahead is one of the great challenges in life. You can study, deduce, worry and remember, but it's nearly impossible to know what's coming next. Wisdom tells us to live in the now—don't look ahead and don't look back—limit your expectations and forget the past. The baseball aficionados say it best: "Play your best game every day. You can't do anything about yesterday's game and you don't know what the score will be tomorrow.'

I'm going to enjoy this day, today. I hope you will, as well.

Nice talking to you.




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