These are the words my father said to me many times during my youth. This advice is as true today as it was when he first shared it with me more than 50 years ago.
So often we act before thinking or we react to a situation without considering the consequences. This is true in many aspects of life, which if we would only take a moment before taking action, we would avoid the consequences of impulsivity.
Technology has trained us to expect immediate results which are unrealistic in much of life. Gardening and fishing are two prime examples where immediate results just don’t happen. It has been said if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. In the military, slow is fast and fast is slow. True success takes planning, time, endurance, and often a little luck.
Going camping requires planning for the time of year, location, weather changes, and the activities you plan to participate in. We enjoy spending our time outdoors, experiencing the area and fishing. We always take a bottle of Quick Scrub Hand Cleaner to use when we fish, before we cook or when we find ourselves without running water to wash our hands. For those of us living in Georgia it currently feels like spring. Last week my wife and I traveled to St. Mary’s, Georgia for our February camping trip at one of our favorite places, Crooked River State Park. The weather was wonderful, setting record highs for this time of year. With the change in weather so changed the environment. The gnats were as excited for spring as we were. Having planned for warmer than expected weather we packed spring clothes and I had taken a large fan to help move the air. The fan running combined with the smoke of a campfire allowed us to enjoy our time at our campsite. The gnats didn’t appreciate either of them. Although it feels like spring, those of us who have lived in Georgia know cold weather and a frost could sneak back in up until mid-April.
The warm weather has many of us thinking of fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob and all the wonderful summer favorite vegetables. Gardeners Beware! It is a great time to plan your summer garden, and plant your cool weather crops like collards, kale, or broccolli. Planting your summer vegetables may be a bit too soon. My friend Mike of Country Gardens Farm has taught me it is time to plant your summer garden when the White Oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.
So, whether you are camping, gardening, fishing, or enjoying the outdoors, when it comes to washing dirty, grimy, or greasy hands having a bottle of Quick Scrub Hand Cleaner makes the task just a little easier.