Planning & Doing

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Central Oregon’s outdoor temperature yesterday shot up and created heat that became nearly unbearable. I loaded the horses early and saddled to ride ‘neath a threatened sun. While on the trail, we felt that ball become more blistering. Once home and after caring for the horses, my dogs and I crashed a couple of hours.

I awoke to see slouching dogs, limp sacks of grain beside or partially hanging from furniture. The scene might have been funny had I not felt confused on awakening, seeing myself fully dressed in riding clothes and uncertain whether the clock indicated a morning or evening hour. In these longest days of the year, estimating time is difficult. While outside making a final check on my large animals, it’s odd to experience broad daylight at nine p.m. But that’s a staying memory, it pops-up on the calendar’s opposite side, a memory at winter equinox’s short days, cold darkness, miserable nine p.m.’s.

After rousing, showering, donning clothing not infused with trail dust, I forced myself to trudge outside, did a little cleaning and organizing. This whole week will match yesterday’s heat. I must become better at tolerating the weather and accomplishing normal stuff. To this end, I’ll continue to load horses and dogs early and travel quickly to nearby trails. This process always consumes three to four hours, so we’ll be coming home in heat.

Meeting this intense weather challenge has much relationship to conditions of mind over matter.

Having been confronted and just about whipped by intense heat, I’m preparing to combat this while exercising animals and working on the property. That’ll mean setting goals to accomplish much as possible between 6 and 8 a.m., before loading animals in the rig. Achieving efficiency means thinking clearly, moving with purpose. In hot weather, it includes having handy cooling drinks and snacks.

I’ll think of how to rearrange routine objectives and tasks into time slots that may offset intense heat. For sure, accomplishing is a product of planning. A friend of mine once had an employee who enjoyed saying, “Plan your work and work your plan!” His oft-repeated words made my eyes roll, “Okay, enough already!” So many years later, in my head he’s a prophet and his phrase my mantra.

Dear Friends: Adapting to change arises from careful planning, in a cool head. Diana

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