This afternoon I met up with some old friends who I haven’t seen in a while. Way back in 2001 we met when I stopped out on a sales call with Express. Since then we’ve worked together for over 18 years. Over that time we’ve gotten married, had kids, had kids graduate and get married, and even have a handful of grandkids! I had a great time reconnecting with them and hearing what’s new in their lives. As I drove back to the office afterwards I kept smiling while I remembered old stories of our time together. There was also an interesting realization when seeing just how long we’ve known each other and how little has truly changed during that time.
Over the past week or so I’ve had some thoughts and ideas starting to come together in my brain. In looking at an ongoing challenge I finally saw it in a slightly differently light and from a different angle. I’ve been struggling to see it completely in focus, but today it was the prototypical “aHa!” moment. Funny how I can sometimes help my brain focus by taking the focus away for a little bit as I let the first bits of the thought ferment in my brain. It was wonderful to see it so clearly today!
On my drive in today I was jamming out to some great music. One of the parts I enjoy about the specific type of music the most is that it gets my brain turning. There were several times I caught myself being deep in thought as I meandered up the Mississippi River. The music helped my mind wander a bit in thought and it was an excellent way to start the day.