Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Living the dream

My wife and I just took a week's vacation to clear our heads and do some thinking about what we might do with the next step in our lives. Rather than sit around and stare at the ceiling, we took a course together (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) that gave us structure, time and space to think through questions about our purpose and about what we do to support that purpose (or not).

It was time and money very well spent. And instead of spending that time and money up here in the Land of the Frozen Chosen, we hopped a flight to San Jose and took the 3 days of training there, then jumped into a rented Sebring convertible and headed south to San Diego, then back up the coast through Santa Barbara and the Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur and Monterey. A dream drive come true, for me. And the sunset dinner in Santa Barbara while the locals held a boat parade and fireworks show was lovely.

Living a life of integrity requires actions that are consistent with principles and purposes. For the recent past I have been living in a world of good intentions and rational excuses. But if I want to achieve something new and different, it seems I actually have to DO something about it. Bummer...

In the next few weeks I will post a few of the quotations that were posted during the course. Here is a starter:
Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.
Fulton Sheen

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