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'Face unafraid' in 2017

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“Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland”


I’m sure you have heard those lyrics a dozen times or more this past month, as Christmas songs have been playing nonstop in every store.


But have you really heard the words of this song?


This is about a couple in love, sitting by the fire, making plans for the future. They have decided to face those plans “unafraid,” with courage and bravery.


Have you made some plans for what you want to see, do, and/or become this year?


What plans will you make for 2017?


What are your professional plans?  Is this the year you are going to finally enroll in your Professional Military Education?  Is this the year you are going to get some specialized training and push yourself to new heights? What plans do you have to make yourself (and our wing) much better and more effective?


What are your personal plans?  Is this the year you are going to travel to the exotic place you have dreamed about? 


Is this the year to start school, save money, begin dating?


What are your fitness goals? Is this the year to run a marathon? Is this the year to eat better, get chiseled and ripped, or top a personal record on your physical fitness test?


What are your spiritual goals?  Is this the year to start attending a place of worship? Is this the year to read a spiritual book, pray, give generously (time and/or money) to an organization or someone in need?


“Fail to plan is knowingly planning to fail.” –author unknown


Don’t let 2017 begin without intentionally planning who you want to be and what you want to do. When you make some plans for this year (2 to 3 is plenty), face them unafraid and watch this year be a year of amazing journeys and results!


Lastly, let someone know your plans, so they might encourage you throughout the year. It is always better to journey together. Have a happy and blessed new year!


Bright Spot is a recurring column produced by the 163d Attack Wing Chaplain Corps.