I believe in something – philosophy of how to best direct my life, chart my future – and I put that into a speech. I delivered that speech last night. I won the contest, but I don’t think I won the minds of the audience.
Message needs work.
So does my speech.
Next steps, always, get more difficult, next audience/judge combo will be more demanding, competition might be tougher.
Not my spring competition-season theme – that’s life, everyday on every competitive landscape.
Yet we keep taking them, don’t we?
Or am I generalizing, saying we, when I mean me?
Taking a step – sometimes timidly, sometimes stepping off a cliff – is always easiest when we feel confident a soft landing is ahead of us. Otherwise, it can get pretty scary.
Do we shape future, or does future shape us?
I think we make it, if that is what we want – hard work of course and we (or is that me?) make the best success of it when we try our hardest. Actually, let me refine that to say – when we have success it is as the result of having tried our hardest. Just as often, when we try so very hard, someone else tried harder, others worked harder.
Sometimes luck comes into play, but not as often as chance does. Serendipity is the result of seeds we’ve planted and welcome mats we’ve laid down before – so it may look like luck when it happens, but that isn’t how it began, isn’t how it will go forward.
We are either creating something, or we ain’t – so which is it?
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: -21C / -5F, almost balmy! .. seriously, the weatherman predicts melting by the weekend. Gusta and I didn’t feel that cold this morning, early traffic was humming, a pleasant sky indicated a lovely sunrise would soon appear . . .
Hi Mark. I don't read your blog every day, but I'm sure glad I read this one. Thanks for reminding me of how much my children mean to me and how proud I am of them, and especially how important it is for me to tell them, CR, Calgary, AB