Today was the first day in about a week that we were able to get out and really drive around in the Seattle area. I arrived in town on Friday the 19th to beat a snow storm, which basically poured about 2 feet of snow on the Pacific Northwest from Saturday, on and off through Christmas Day!
While we were digging out from the snow storm and hiking up and down the steep hill leading up to my parents’ house, I realized that there is a lot of digging this time of year. We are trying to dig out of debt, save for college and pay bills on time. I am also digging deep into my own priorities to decide what to focus on for the year 2009. Ever the optimist, I believe that the New Year holds much promise. But I do have to make a plan to stay on track.
Looking around the living room on Christmas morning at the mounds of gifts from relatives to our children, I thought to myself that we will also dig out from all the holiday spending and excess. Our family was generous this year, and the haul of presents that my four kids received more than filled the trunk of one of our cars.
If that wasn’t enough, we went to the mall today and the sales announcements screamed from the windows: Prices Slashed! 60% off of already reduced prices! Spend more money that you don’t have! Unfortunately, the consumers have to fill the role of the retail bailout package. Count me out. I have enough digging of my own to do.
Tomorrow, we drive back home to Oregon. Normally a 6-hour drive, I expect it to take up to 8 hours because of the weather conditions. We’ll be going slow to avoid accidents, and if it takes a little bit longer to arrive, better safe than sorry. I don’t want to dig out from the side of the road.
I’m taking a similar approach with life in the coming months. Steadily working on business, slowly making progress towards my goals. Success does not come without hard work. I’m determined not to crash and burn by being in a hurry to get there. When we find ourselves digging – no matter whether its from too much spending or being in too big of a rush, its time to take it slow. And enjoy the scenery along the way!