Point A to Point B
By Billy Beasley
My wife, Julie, on occasion will say to me, "Can't you just stay right here with me and enjoy what we have?”
Like many people, I can be way too focused on the next step. We are at point A and contemplating what we need to do to reach point B. When we live this way we lose the journey. We lose precious moments. We neglect those who love us.
I still struggle with this and considering that The Preacher's Letter, my second novel was released February 9, I know I am going to be mightily tested.
In a way, it is foolish for me to worry about book signings, sales, and promotions more than I enjoy this journey. I have no excuses. I experienced fifteen years of rejections before finally having a traditional publisher say, yes—we want to publish The River Hideaway. Nearly three more years passed after that before another publisher said yes to The Preacher's Letter.
I have a daily reminder from God in the form of our dog, Teke, an Australian Cattle Dog. We got her as a puppy and I had not dealt with a puppy in decades. We knew she was part of a working dog breed and would require lots of training and exercise. They are very intelligent, howbeit stubborn dogs and if you are not the stronger personality, they will run right over you. Being a retiree/writer, I had the time to invest. And as a former basketball coach, I had the inner resolve to make sure I was in charge.
We live close by to a wonderful park, Carolina Beach State Park, with over seven hundred acres of woods. I knew we would need it because our small yard would not give her the exercise she needed. In the early stages, I took her twice daily to wear down her enthusiasm.
Initially, my mindset was I have to do this. The check it off the list mentality. But let me share with you a wonderful thing that has transpired during my journey with Teke.
I no longer possess an I have to do this outlook. Our time together has become one of the most favored parts of my day. Watching her develop and learn new things. The quietness and the tranquility the woods offer. It has developed into a great time of devotion. I talk to God as we walk, more so when she is following directions well and not wanting to take off after her next adventure. I have even caught myself singing worship songs to my King. Runners who have come upon me suddenly and witness that probably lend some puzzled expressions.
I would have missed all of this if had I remained in the trappings of a Point A to B frame of mind. There are many steps between A and B and we will surely miss some wonderful moments if all we can see is the next step. As Teke nears the age of two, she only requires one walk in the woods each day, but there are days when I feel a little bit out of sorts and I take her for a second journey in the woods. Not because she needs it, but because I do. It is a time and a place for me to draw closer to my Father.
When is the last time you took a simple walk in the woods? Pausing to listen to the quietness. Observing the plant life and wildlife that are present. Drinking all of that in.
I have two friends, Robbie and Sharon, who spend much of their time together taking photos of wildlife and observing. They call it church and I understand. I think church can be anywhere that we commune with our Father.
As surely as I write this, I am well aware that during this time of promoting a new book my beautiful wife is going to softly say, “Can’t you just stay here with me?”
I bet our Father says the same thing to us as we charge to the next thing.
Slow down. Take a walk in the woods. Enjoy the journey.
Meet the Author
Billy Beasley resides in Carolina Beach, NC with his wife Julie and their Australian Cattle Dog, Teke. They are active members of Lifepoint Church in Wilmington, NC.
Billy is the author of The River Hideaway- a traditionally published work of faith based fiction. He shares two simple beliefs with his favorite character in this novel. Faith in God and a conviction that ‘Hearts have no color’.
You can read Billy's Sunday Inspiration column the 2nd Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.