I Love A Good Plan

Let’s face it, I love a good plan. Ask anyone in my family and they will tell you that when we gather together, it’s only a matter of time before I say, “so what’s the plan for today?” I love a good plan but not perhaps for the reasons you might think. It’s not about being in control or being in charge.

Rather, I love a good plan because of the space it creates. It’s my opinion that a plan can help others feel welcomed. A plan shows thoughtfulness. A plan reveals intention. A plan says I want you to be comfortable and at home. Whether we are taking about Thanksgiving dinner, a home project or a hike on the Ouachita Trail, a plan helps make each one of these experiences more enjoyable, for everyone.

Over the past few years, I have grown to love hiking. My first few solo hikes with my brother in law Caleb, we did a good bit of consulting with Roger. Gear, food, water, maps, weather and more. Because we have had a plan, when we have run into unexpected obstacles and challenges, we have been more equipped to overcome them. However, despite our best efforts and all the planning in the world, sometimes we encounter things we just didn’t plan for.

I have found when the unexpected occurs, one of the things that is most important is a community of people to fall back on. Family, friends, mentors, co-workers, and others. Sometimes despite our best laid plans, life falls apart. It’s in those moments that I believe that community is the cure. It’s in those moments that we journey with others and we are reminded that we don’t have to go at it alone.

So, I hope you will consider joining us for Hike to Help on January 12-13, 2019. This is the link to sign up Hike to Help 2019. One of our desires is to challenge the body and to renew the mind. This happens in lots of ways, including breaking the normal rhythms of life, getting out doors, and discovering new friendships. I am working together with a few others to get the hike details nailed down. After all, I love a good plan.

Chad Mustain


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