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Change of Scenery

Change of Scenery

Up early in South Lake Tahoe this morning and the air is crisp, the snow is bright, and the sky is a blue I usually only see on a … color picker.

My priorities, if only for the morning, have shifted. First thing on my To Do list was not client work. In fact, here’s the list:

  1. Anything but client work.
  2. Client work.

Sorry, dear clients, I’ll get there, but just not first thing. You see, this blue sky and crisp white fluff outside is just something I’m still enthralled by. I apologize dear easterners, but I grew up in the sun and snow for me is still such a delight. I don’t live here, I don’t have to shovel the driveway for six months. I still have snowball fights, I still eat it, and I think one of the most magical moments that exists in our world is walking in the evening when the snow is falling and you actually hear it falling–and you can hear nothing else. Add a few yellow lamps of Europe, maybe a toasty mug of Glühwein and nowhere in particular to get to in any sort of hurry and … I digress.

Or do I?

The change of scenery changes my mindset, my outlook, my perspective, even my priorities (gasp!). I see the present in a different light, from a different angle, and therefore the future path is slightly (if ever so little) altered. That can’t be a bad thing, can it?

I’m smack dab in the middle of my Monthly Experiment: Write Every Day. When challenged, I tend to take it seriously. If not challenged, I’m kinda worthless. I have loads of client work to get to and I’ll get to it. But my priorities have changed this month and they’re emboldened by the current view out my window. Hmm, could they be related? A change in habits and a change in scenery? Sounds to me like a possible new Monthly Experiment. You wouldn’t have to ask me twice to take on that challenge.

Lake Tahoe in early November: crisp, clear, and inspiring.


  1. John Muldoon

    Just wanted to say its one of the best things I’ve read in a while. Not just your best. The best.

    It put a smile on my face partly because I could tell you really enjoyed writing it.

    • Bradley

      Whoa, that’s quite the compliment, John! Thank you so much.

      I’m on a bit of an experiment rampage and I want to relate everything, analyze it, examine it, and just see what happens. But here, there must be a clear relationship between the easy flow and effect both the writer and the reader have when the writer enjoys the writing so obviously.

      In other words, I bet it’s common for the writer’s enjoyment and the reader’s enjoyment to follow similar paths.



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