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It’s the journey, not the destination
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:41 PM )

What if you could see into the future and you could preview your life for the next five years? Would you really want to know what’s going to happen to you and your family in advance?

Before you say yes, ask yourself if it would depress you to know the bad things that were going to happen. Wouldn’t you feel cheated missing the delightful surprise of the good things that are bound to happen?

The thought of predicting the future fascinates many of yes. We can make educated guesses, but the fact is, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future.

In a similar vain, American author Dorothy Fisher once wrote, “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”

When a new year begins, experts attempt to predict the trends. Some do it for pure entertainment. Others are paid big bucks to give investors and business leaders a head start. Many pregnant couples opt to wait to find out the sex of their child, adding to the excitement.

If fortune tellers were legit, they would all be rich…winning all the big lottery jackpots. We want to believe there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. Life is full of mysteries and unexpected surprises.

Medical researchers may offer the best hope of peeking into the future. They are finding ways to predetermine if people are predisposed to serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and other life-altering ailments.

People must decide. Do they want to know their future? The answers may be good, or bad. Part of the beauty of life is the uncertainty.

Would you read a 500-page mystery novel if you knew the secret ending in advance? Are movies as good when you have already seen the ending? Would you pay $2,000 to attend a major sporting event if you knew who was going to win?

The present is the gift. It’s not the destination that thrills us, it is the journey getting there. What we really crave, and what keeps us motivated is the excitement and the suspense of tomorrow. What’s just around the corner.

 
A world champion in the family
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM

We have a world champion in the family!

My husband has spent this week in Virginia Beach with our niece, Lotus, his sister and her husband and dozens of Dancesensations Dance Center dancers at nationals.

On Wednesday, my Lotus Leaf was named Miss Teen StarQuest, the highest StarQuest honor! She won every one of her categories and racked up the hardware and other prizes. I have to tell you, next to her parents, you couldn’t have found anyone prouder than Jay and I. He was so stoked he was actually there to see the performances that led up to this prestigious award.

We were worried when she hurt her knee last fall and had to have surgery. Sometimes even the littlest injury can end a career. She came back better, stronger and more determined than ever rise to the top and be the best. That is one little girl with her eye on the prize and her gaze never wavers.

 
Dreamers see dramatically different future
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM

BY BYRON MCNUTT

Every phase of your life could be subject to change in just the next 10 years as innovators tinker with the status quo … regardless of the consequences those changes might have on our lives.

In decades past, revolutionary changes may have taken five years to take hold. Today, dramatic changes can sweep the country, the world, in a matter of months.

Traditional ways of doing things can be turned upside down almost over night. This can be very disturbing and it makes many people uncomfortable. Some of the breakthroughs are life changing and totally disrupt lives.

Well, visionaries say we haven’t seen anything, yet! In the immediate future, everything is about to change again and again. Many people can’t afford to keep up.

The Wall Street Journal marked its 125th anniversary July 8 with a special section. They asked leading thinkers, innovators and artists to share their visions of where the world is headed.

 
We were part of something great
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:00 PM

I pretty much plowed through high school paying little attention to anything except what I was focused on. I know this is shocking coming from a teenager. However, I still hold a special place in my heart for band. Yes, I was a band geek and given the opportunity, I would probably be one now, too.

My sister played in the band and I can remember her bringing her instrument home and practicing and at the time, I wanted to do everything my sister did. I’m sure she was thrilled most of the time. So when the clarinet came home with me in the fifth grade, I don’t think anyone was surprised. Well, maybe the dog. There was quite a bit of howling and ducking for cover until I stopped squeaking and squawking.

I love music of all kinds and I really enjoyed learning to play my humble wind instrument. There was quite a feeling of accomplishment when I could play my scales and that first simple song correctly. A few sighs of relief were also heard I’m sure and the dog emerged from under the couch.

 
Cantor’s swan song
Written by Kathleen Parker   
Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:00 PM

By KATHLEEN PARKER

 

WASHINGTON — About that stunning defeat.

Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment.

The tea party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito.

And those were the Democrats talking.

Funny thing is, the tea party folks had been saying more or less the same thing, for exactly the same reason. It fit the narrative that served both groups. The tea party was losing its power to overthrow the titans. Witness the primary victories of a couple of old-timer targets, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell.

The Democratic Party was losing its narrative that the tea party wacko-birds control the GOP.

Thus, Dave Brat, the Republican nominee for Cantor’s seat, was a gift from Google. Or God. But I repeat myself. The narrative is back, baby!

In the nation’s capital, the mourning for Cantor was over faster than a Rick Perry gay fundraiser. It is an awesome day — or something — when Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz are grinning about the same state of affairs. You don’t know whether to signal Scotty to beam you up or whistle for Toto.

 
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