Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looking Forward

Through all the frustration I have felt recently over trying to find a new job, I find myself looking forward to the end of October. My wife and I will take our annual trip to Arches and celebrate our engagement again. While we will celebrate our first anniversary here in a few days, we like to also celebrate he day we made that first commitment to each other.

It will also be a time to recharge the batteries, in a manner of speaking. I love the peace I feel at Arches. After a weekend there, breathing the crisp Autumn air and hiking in, through, over, and around the red rocks, I am refreshed and able to face my 'normal' life with renewed energy.

It will also be a way to recover from what has been, in many ways, a very difficult summer. I was supposed to spend a couple weeks with my kids this summer, but being unemployed made that trip an impossibility. Looking for work has almost taken on the feeling of fighting a pitched battle against overwhelming odds. I have submitted so many applications and have yet to have a single interview. It has been frustrating and incredibly discouraging. There have been some definite high points, but they have been few and somewhat far between. I am hoping that, whatever my employment status at the time, our time at Arches will help me get past much of the negative feelings I have been dealing with since the end of March.

Until then, I look at photos, like the one posted here, and try to bring back to mind the peace I have felt in trips past. I can almost be there in my thoughts. Time to break out the photo albums!