Even the most miserable time contains a treasure, although it might simply be helping us learn how to stay strong in adversity – but there is always gold to be found in every moment.
Last week, someone made me a dream work offer, doing something I love & have a track record of innovation & success for an organization I’ve venerated for years. It’s been over seven days & I have heard not a word from him, no follow up. I’ve sent two e-mails, but… silence.
It’s possible the offer was meant to be an opportunity to realize that what I bring to the table is vision & energies – his words – letting others take up the ways & means to make it so. Had never seen the dynamic that way.
Another plus from our encounter: realizing the critical importance of connecting youngers ~ toddlers tweens thirty-somethings ~ with a clearer view of aging ever upward, that it’s a time for growing wholer, more coherent integrated authentic. No small endeavor, but ESSENTIAL – – folks coming out of those years with a negative expectation of growing older elderly ancient aren’t going to change their minds in their forties & fifties.
Nothing is wasted – the work offer might not turn into something substantial ~OR~ it might be that Al & I draw value from an informal collaboration, staying connected & inspired by the other. Whatever happens, it’s over a week since we talked & far from feeling bummed, am energized & questing for ways to wake up/shake up youngers to seeing elders as growing bolder as we grow older.
“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. ~ Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. ~ Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. ~ Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. ~ Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. ~ March to the beat of your own drummer. ~ And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” – Mandy Hale –