It was at the halfway mark of my journey where I normally stop to stretch and refill my coffee that I connected with another daydreamer. I pulled into the lot and got out of my car. The parking lot at this hour is beginning to show signs of life.

Early morning travellers pull into this watering hole with the same goal in mind: to “wake up” and face reality. Standing there, still soaking up the moment, I was startled by the words of a fellow traveller. “Into another day,” she said. I looked around as I tried to refocus my attention to where I was and what I stopped to do. “I’m sorry. What did you say?” I asked. “Into another day. I love driving here everyday on my way to work. I drive not only to work but directly into the day,” she said. She then said goodbye and headed into the store.

What a great way to see it. What a great attitude to have as I begin the New Year. I won’t just wake up everyday. I will make every step I take count by purposely heading right into the day. As long as I am able, I will direct myself, my hopes and dreams, my wondering, worrying, and fanciful plans head on into each and every day God gives to me.

I decided on this particular day, I did not need another cup of coffee. I pulled out my camera phone and took a snapshot of the very sky, the very moment that inspired me to not only wake up smiling, but head straight on into it on purpose. My motto for 2007 is now...”Into the day!”

Right after a cup of coffee, of course. — (Concluded)