January seems to always be a time for setting health goals and cleaning out the freezer. It’s a familiar rhythm of time similar to craving fresh salad greens in the Spring and pumpkin spice lattes in the Fall.
For me the new year brings a new paper calendar for planning vacations, celebrations, and it can be a fresh sense of optimism that this is the year we will overcome old challenges and reach new plateaus with amazing views.
This week my husband went back to work and during the lunch the first day sent me a text message detailing a surprise month long training in the very near future. Over a late dinner we talked about the field rotations planned for the coming year as well as a dramatic perspective shift.
“After all of these trainings take place, this unit is supposed to be deployable.”
In the three years we’ve lived here my husband was part of a training unit. It was a stressful schedule of long days and working weekends – but for the most part he was in a neighboring zip code. A welcome respite from 48 months of deployment time in 9 years.
When the time came for us to move this past summer, we were very happy there was a position available in another unit so we could move, but stay in this community. I was mentally prepared to go back to the deployment rotation – but then we discovered it was more of a training type of unit. Long days of training and a field rotation here and there, but no deployments on the horizon. Until now.
The taste in my mouth is familiar.
Resolute. Optimistic. Steadfast.
What does your new year look like?
How do you prepare your heart for unexpected news?