Do You Have a Bucket List?

Mike and Kathy Haynes

So my friend Mike Haynes finally got to see the Northern Lights. It was on his and wife Kathy’s bucket list.

They had tried before—in 2015 from Iceland and again in 2019 off the coast of Norway. Yet, though they went to likely places at likely times, the phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis wasn’t cooperating. Then, this year, because the pandemic made international travel more risky, they flew to Fairbanks, Alaska.

And, late one night outside a little ski patrol cabin outside of town, Voila!  The northern sky lit up with curtains of green and (atypically) a dash of red. Mike says their eyes filled with tears at the sight of the Creator’s masterpiece.

I thought about the Haynes’ experience this week.

Because I was thinking of bucket lists.

And bucket lists show our dreams.

And dreams?

Dreaming is the first step in dreams-come-true. Especially if you are persistent.

Just ask Mike and Kathy Haynes.

*In a couple of weeks, Shug and I will do a podcast on bucket lists, and I would like to hear from you first. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some things on it?

Here is Mike Haynes’ column from the Globe-News.

6 thoughts on “Do You Have a Bucket List?

  1. Thanks for adding meaning to our bucket list quest, Mike. I enjoy your blogs. By the way, our driver from the Amarillo airport to take us to our car said he has a bucket list, but there’s a hole in his bucket!

  2. I’ve been to Disney Land and Walt Disney World, once as a first grader and once as an adult. As it turned out, I was not able to ride the Dumbo ride in Fantasy Land either time. My bucket list includes going back to Florida, visiting the Keys and riding that ride! Sounds immature I know, but you don’t have to be mature to be an old man.

  3. The thing that has suprised me is that God has a bucket list for us… Ephesians 3:20 I have been suprised by the number of times an opportunity has opened up to do something I didn’t even know I wanted to do. ( Some times it was something Chris wanted me to do!) Staying open to new experieces is highly beneficial when we have a God who has big ideas for us. Having said that the question, “If you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?” has been Highly beneficial. Sometimes my list is more of the same. Who knew you could be an artist without starving! Thanks for a thoughtful question.

  4. Mike B., regarding persistence, Kathy and I signed up in early 2019 for a June 2020 Viking river cruise in Russia called “Waterways of the Tsars.” COVID-19 forced Viking to cancel, so we rebooked the same cruise for June 2021. A few days ago, COVID-19 forced Viking to cancel it again. We have rebooked for May 2022! By the time that rolls around, we’ll have been waiting more than three years.

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