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Sometimes we need a bridge and a nudge

| July 18, 2016
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This week my wife Toni decided to trade some of our geese for a donkey. The great thing about where we live is there is always someone willing to trade equipment, supplies, or farm animals. We had seven geese in all - four White Chinese Goslings and three White Emdens. The Goslings turned out to be pretty aggressive to our kids and visitors. So we kept the Emdens, which are very sweet and friendly, but the Goslings had to go. Our neighbor had good use for them as watchdogs for her other animals, and her donkey was in need of more space and pasture. We had a neighbor’s dog kill three of our chickens recently and donkeys are excellent for running off any size predator. Plus, donkeys are excellent lawn mowers!

When Toni walked this donkey named "Snow" down to the entrance of our home, Snow would not move forward because there is a cattle grate that prevents livestock from escaping (and naturally it prevents them from entering as well). There was no way she was crossing over the grate without help, Snow had been in a small space her whole life and had no idea what awaited her on the other side. It took a while, but with the help of some neighbors, Toni dismantled a section of our fence and made a bridge for Snow to cross. Then with a little nudge, Snow crossed the bridge and she is now enjoying her new home.

Sometimes in life we need a bridge and a nudge.  We are all in the process of moving from one phase of life to another.  Building a bridge to our future means intentionally planning and executing a strategy to make the transition from the current phase to the next less stressful and more enjoyable. One of the most important times to build a bridge to our future is for retirement.  Ask yourself where is your destination? why is the destination worth getting to? how will I get there? when will I get there? who will enjoy the process with me? Who will give me the “nudge” I need to help me cross the bridge, and whose advice will I seek on what bridge to cross? That is what we do...

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