by Ron Pevny
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo
What do I aim for as I age? What does aging mean to me? How do I deal with my fears of aging? How can I find fulfillment and dignity as I grow older? What is the purpose of my life after retirement.
What if what you think about you bring about?
What if what you speak you spark?
What if you attract and energize what you focus on?
What if one of the most potent questions you can ask yourself is “What if?”
I was first introduced to the concept of What if by a customer service training colleague, Mark Rosenberger, over 20 years ago. He introduced concepts in our programs with, “What if….” and “Great question to ask, by the way,” as he paused with a wink and a grin before introducing the subject. I was always amazed by how quickly people laughed and opened up. Since then I have found it to be a very effective way to introduce new concepts, open people’s minds, lower resistance and increase safety and buy-in.
What if asking questions is a life skill? What if a good question can attract to us the quality of life we desire most in our hearts?
Kathleen Dean Moore
All those years, the Swainson’s thrushes were the first to call in the mornings. Their songs spiraled like mist from the swale to the pink sky. That's when I would take a cup of tea and walk into the meadow. Swallows sat on the highest perches, whispering as they waited for light to stream onto the pond.
For years there were flocks of goldfinches. After my husband and I poisoned the bull-thistles on the far side of the pond, the goldfinches perched in the willows shaking dew from the branches into the pond. The garbage truck backed down the lane, beeping its backup call, making the frogs sing, even in the day.
By Kristen Moeller
“Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night…”
—Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
It has been said the journey within is the most important journey of all. Many of us follow a path, searching for meaning—for something “bigger.“ A lot of us have been doing this for a very long time. We have the skills, we have the know-how; we are wise beyond our years and generous to a fault. We have attended a legion of trainings, workshops and retreats. We have studied with the teachers, masters and gurus. We may even have become a teacher, master or guru ourselves. With this level of dedication, you would think we would be happy.
Mostly we are. Then there is that small, vexing voice that keeps us craving what we don’t have, desiring things to be different, and hoping one day to arrive at some magical destination just the other side of the horizon. We don’t quite let ourselves rest in who we are or where we are. Instead we continue to seek and search. And all the while, we wait.