How many times has a scenario similar to this happened to you? You’re talking with a friend about something fun you’d both like to do and someone says, “That sounds fun! We need to do that!” You’re both genuinely interested in the event, and have every intention of scheduling a time to get together and make it happen. But you get busy and the event, along with everyone’s excitement about it, gets pushed to the back of everyone’s mind, where it is soon forgotten until the next time you get together with this friend and the topic comes up again… and the cycle continues.
This was the same cycle me, my wife, sister, and brother-in-law have been in for several years regarding a day trip to Oregon’s Fruit Loop in the Hood River Valley.
Hood River Oregon is known for its agriculture, specifically apples, pears, and peaches. (Once you’ve had a Honey Crisp apple from Kiyokawa Family Orchards you’ll be spoiled for life! No other apple will ever compare.) The Fruit Loop consists of a bunch of farms, orchards, and wineries in the area that sell produce and other regional goods they produce. While the Fruit Loop is open most of the year, for my wife and I, fall is the best time to attend.
Anyhow, my wife, sister, brother-in-law and I finally decided that September 24, 2016 would be the day that the 4 of us would at last go to the Fruit Loop together. It turned out to be a perfect day! The weather was sunny and in the mid-70s with spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. We picked Honey Crisp apples right off the tree, sampled delicious seasonal fruit, along with jams, jellies, and pastries, and ended the day with a late lunch at Mt Hood’s Timberline Lodge. A beautiful end to a fantastic day!
This trip reminded me about the importance of being intentional about making events like this happen. It’s too easy to just say you want to get together with folks and do something special, and then never make it happen. However, but I would argue that it’s also pretty easy to get out the calendar and pick a day make it happen. Being intentional is not that hard. Especially when we realize the positive impact it can have on our lives.
What about you? Are there activities you’d like to do that you’re putting off for no good reason, or people you’ve been meaning to connect with that you never get around to putting on the calendar? If so, I encourage you to go get your calendar or send an email to those you’ve been meaning to connect with and set a date to make it happen.
It’s time to stop being too busy and start being intentional.