This week has been an inspiring week in so many ways. It's been thoroughly enjoyable and quite mind pondering to revisit the U.S.A. landing on the moon and all that entailed. I was just a young teen when it all happened. At the time I remember watching the moon landing and being interested but not that interested. My little teenage brain wasn't exactly focused on being an astronaut! That in itself make me chuckle after finishing Jeff Dowler, CRS July challenge of What A Difference a Decade Makes. Thinking about my last 10 years was mind pondering and honestly quite challenging to do as there had been a lot going on this past ten years. But going back 50 years?
Today I read a post by Michael Jacobs Grey Matters. One quote in particular caused both Gary and I to consider......possibilities. And isn't that what this journey is all about? Of course.
What you think is an illusion created by your glands, your emotions
and, in the last analysis, by the content of your stomach.
That gray matter you are so proud of is like a mirror in an amusement park which
transmits to you nothing but distorted signals from reality forever beyond your grasp.
So what does all this pondering have to do with the moon landing, my last ten years, Jeff's challenge and Michael's interesting post today? I don't know! Let's follow the path!
Here's what I do know....
50 years ago my little teenage brain had plans about going to college but no idea of what else was coming into play, really.Think about it - 50 years did you have any idea of where you were going to be 50 years later or even 10? Think about your last 5 decades and go through them one by one, when you're in a pondering mood.....and see what pops up!
40 years ago I had grown tremendously found a career I loved and made a big move away from MN to Vail CO, That was an awesome ten years full of adventure and highs and lows. But I still didn't know what the next 10 years, forget 40 years would bring. I was a leader of many but didn't really think about that much, it just came naturally. And yet what did I really know yet?!!
30 years ago I had switched careers into real estate after I realized it had been a long time passion of mine. I loved it from day one and still do 30+ years later. I also went though a break up and that took some time to figure out what was next. I was very open to mentoring and attended many leadership and life success courses and then went on to be a staff member - which was totally awesome and mind pondering. That whole process changed my thinking and changed my life. And a couple of years later Gary and I crossed paths staffing those seminars and became good friends for 4 years or so before we realized - we were it!
20 years ago Gary and I were married and had settled into our new home. That was a fun FUN decade full of lots of activities, hosting big events, being involved in the community and many adventures! That's what I think of those 10 years - FUN! And yes sure, we were both highly engrossed in our businesses too.
10 years ago....well no need to re-write that decade. Read it here if you like!
So thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS and Michael Jacobs for giving me (and probably many, many others) a chance to reflect back and think about how amazing life is and can be, even in the tough times. Tonight let's all look up at the moon and be grateful for life.
As a teenager 50 years seemed light years away...