Thursday, April 01, 2010
Our weather is so amazing in Minnesota right now. This is the first March in over 100 years with NO snow - that's right, no snow. March is generally our second snowiest month - what a joy.
The loss of my friend Amy has really given me pause. Back to the old question - what would you do if you knew you were going to die in 10 months?
There is part of me that says, "exactly what I am doing!" There is another part that honestly doesn't know. I am grateful that many years ago I had the courage to give up my "paycheck job." I do love my work, my business partner, our networks and all we have built together.
For example, several years ago we put together our vision of what we intended to accomplish. We did it in the form of a Mind Map, which is a graphic, intuitive way of planning, visioning, tasking, thinking, etc. Today, we realized that in 7 years we have achieved most of our dreams and intentions. Today, we agreed it is time to do a new Mind Map - a new vision. Reaching for the future to make a difference in our world - that is a blessing.
Then I can't help but think about not working so hard and spending more time on a different kind of creative pursuit - write a book for instance. Or, how about just waking up in the morning and not think about anything other than reading a book, taking a walk, going to the library, traveling to reconnect with friends, breaking out my art materials, volunteering as much as I want - going to the gym during the day.
I am not someone that has dreamed of "retiring" - once I took the leap from the paycheck to the entrepreneurial side of things I never looked back. And one nice thing about our business - we are constantly looking to be relevant to community needs and are flexible never static.
On a happy note, I have been able to work in the yard the last couple of nights - raking and cleaning and looking forward to planting those pansies this weekend. I broke out all the deck furniture and have a plan in mind to change the backyard for the outdoor dining table and chairs. As those of us who have suffered great loss know, life goes on - life goes on.