Saturdays are part of what makes my Fridays more enjoyable than they often appear like they should be. I shot today’s photo along Lake Michigan this afternoon and it makes me think about perspective. Sometimes it is so easy to see what is right in front of you that you miss what is beyond it. Other times we tend to focus so much out in the distance that we pay no attention to the things that are at our feet. It is probably best if we can approach life with a balance that pays attention to where we are while keeping an eye forward as we take in a larger picture than just today. While my Friday night prayer, cleaning, and building prep routine is always done with an eye looking forward to Sunday, I don’t know that I often think about the intermediate view — how finishing up on Friday, no matter how long it takes, frees up my Saturday to rest and spend time with my family.
I was able to sleep in and get some extra rest to start the day, but once I was awake the first item on the agenda was firing up the pellet grill to get some pulled pork started. As I was getting ready to start it, my wife came home and said her spring/summer market days were over. So, our Saturday afternoon was expanded to most of the day being a family day with nothing planned. It was a fairly nice looking day outside, so we packed up our cameras and headed out for a family adventure. Our day included a hike at Potato Creek, a stop to photograph the trains at the Hesston Steam Museum, and several stops along Lake Michigan. It is always a highlight when we’re wrapping up a day’s adventure and Susan tells us she had a fun day. She is usually a pretty good traveler and puts up with all of our photo stops as long as we keep her fed and include a Dr Pepper along the way. 🙂 As we finished up our last stop before heading home, she said she was having a fun day, so I guess that made it unanimous.
When we got home, there was time to go through the photos from the day before taking the pork off the pellet grill. After cooking all day, the pork was ready to just fall apart when I finally took it off the grill. I let it cool long enough to handle, then pulled it apart and filled up a crock pot for tomorrow’s lunch. It has taken me a while, but I’ve finally learned to let it take however long it needs to cook in order to reach the proper internal temperature. While the meat is technically “done” earlier, it won’t fall apart with melt-in-your-mouth tenderness if I take it off the grill early. I think sometimes in life we tend to get impatient and cut corners, then wonder why things didn’t turn out quite as well as we had hoped.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- There is usually a bigger picture in life than what we first notice.
- What we tend to focus on is probably just a small part of the bigger picture.
- Often our sole responsibility is to focus on the small part that is ours to do, but we need to do that with an awareness of the bigger picture our part fits into.
- Unplanned adventures can be fun if taken with the people you love while doing the things you enjoy together.
- There are probably a variety of places near you that would be enjoyable family adventure spots — sometimes you just have to take the time to figure out what you enjoy doing together.
- Cutting corners may save time, but it rarely gives optimum results.