Monday, January 02, 2012

Eye on the prize

I came across an old resolution list today as I cleaned out my filing cabinet. When I read down the list, I had to smile. 
Everything I had listed had been accomplished. Being debt free was the biggie. It took a lot of years, but we managed.
Also on the list was a wish list of home repairs, travel goals, and health goals. I know at the time I wrote those goals, they seemed almost unreachable.
But here's the thing -- I think you have to aim high. You also can't lose sight of the things you really, really want. Jilda and I wrote a song with our friend Tracy Reynolds, and one verse seems appropriate here:

Keep your feet on the ground 
As you reach for the sky
It's no sin to fail
Unless you fail to try
When bad seeds are planted
The harvest is thin
You can't fly like an eagle
On the wings of a wren.

There are those who poo-poo goals. That's OK if it works for them, but we're living proof, that if you keep your eye on the prize, you can do things you didn't realize you could do.


  1. Anonymous9:54 PM

    That is a beautiful verse. Very inspiring.

  2. Words of truth, indeed!

  3. I've just read a week's worth of posts from you and Jilda, and I realised that I forgot to wish you both a Happy New Year, so here are my belated wishes :-)

  4. Rick,

    Love that verse. As the old saying goes, "If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?"

    Goals help keep us going. :)
    Happy New Year to you and Jilda!

  5. You are so right!

    The debt free goal was for us very difficult. We did it but wow did we ever hold those purse strings tightly closed, and just because we made it we haven't loosened them much at all. A really basic goal was to save $10 a day (not spending, buying what we needed at the best price ie: marked down specials of something actually on our list. We stopped handing out money to family (wow that was a BIG one). We just stopped spending anything but essentials. Cut out extra stuff like cell phone #2, phone line # 2 (was for modem and then we sort of never cancelled it), cut garbage pickup from 4 to 1 can, said NO a lot more... and on and on.

    Thanks for posting today, you got me thinking again.

  6. What a great post Rick, especially at the start of a new year. I loved the words of that song - beautiful indeed.

  7. Amen! It is so important to get one's act together, get out of debt, and reach for the stars without the burden of debt.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration. I love the verse - it's so true. Now I'm off to make a few resolutions/goals for myself.

  9. I think goals are really the way to success..not that I've achieved that yet, but I always give it the best I've got each year. Love the song true!

  10. Well said sir!

    Love those lines from your song...



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