Event Planning Mirrors Life

Planning is my middle name this week. As program coordinator for our county September 11 services, I’m buried in last-minute details: speakers, music, parking, food, even porta-potties! It’s a big event with two services on that Friday. One honors local emergency service providers; the other honors US Armed Forces.

Since it’s my fourth year as program coordinator, most of the details are etched in my brain. But without a master plan, it’s easy to forget some crucial details.

We start this weekend with a Memorial Field of Flags – 3,000 of them – to be place by volunteers. Then we’ll close the evening service on Sept. 11th with a Mile of Candles in tribute to the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who have been killed in the Persian Gulf since that terrible day in 2001.

With lots of planning and a bit of luck (esp. with the weather!), it should be a memorable event for all who attend.

Life requires planning, as well. To live successfully, you need to plan actively. Make a list and check it twice – or more! – to make sure you’re headed where you want to go. Destiny requires a map, a plan, and doable goals. What are yours?

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