Spring forward to future Published March 4, 2009 By Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill 81st Training Wing commander KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, BILOXI, MISS. -- This weekend we will "spring forward" as we set our clocks ahead one hour. Many folks lament this rite of spring and bemoan the fact that we "lose" an hour of sleep. The fact is, however, that you don't lose anything if you plan ahead. If you look at it the right way, this weekend could be the start of great opportunity! Do you "spring forward" to accept challenges in your life? Do you "spring forward" to tackle those challenges, or do you sit back and wait? I submit that you have an advantage when you "spring forward." Those who take the initiative are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities and perform at the highest levels. Spring is a time of renewal; a time of growth and hope. Are you ready? How are you going to grow and improve during this spring? How can you do better at your job and in your personal life? Are you going to improve your health through exercise and better eating? Are you going to give up smoking? Are you going to pay better attention to details in your job? Are you going to spend better quality time with your family? Are you going to go to school to improve your mind? The only one holding you back is yourself, so get out of bed early on Sunday with a smile! Shakespeare talked about "Carpe Diem" (a.k.a. Seize the Day). It is time to Seize your Day, "spring forward" and look forward to a better tomorrow!