In our leadership retreat today our speaker was very much future and technologically focused. His presentation helped me imagine some of the possibilities of our future – both in leadership and digital application. To take time and pause to consider just where we may be heading as a society and its implications was nothing short of mind blowing. To think of all the change we will see, both humanitarian and technological is wild… Thinking realistically about what that means in our industry within the next decade or so is amazing. When I go to bed after writing this I’m sure I’ll spend a fair amount of time looking at the ceiling and imagining. What a feeling!
Throughout the day I was caught by a feeling that I’m so thankful for. At no point was I panicked and nervous about being away from any of my offices. It’s a wonderful feeling that only comes in those moments of stillness when I see someone else hop out of class to take a call or to send an email. In those moments I pause and feel this gravitational pull towards my phone to check it and make sure all is well. Instead I caught myself before I’d subconsciously grab my phone and I could feel my heart rate slow. I remembered that I have great people in each location that I trust greatly. With that thought in mind I didn’t even lift my phone. At the end of the day when we had some time I checked my emails and, just as I’d assumed, they had everything covered. For me to be able to take time away from being in the office to focus on growth is so greatly enhanced by having great teammates who are able to thrive without me. I’m so thankful for them!
Throughout the day I also spend time in thought about how grateful i am for such a loving and supportive family. To leave on a leadership training trip like this certainly doesn’t make life easy, especially when life throws a few curveballs. I’m so thankful for having such a loving and supportive family who not only allows me the opportunity to attend trainings like this, but actively push me to reach for my dreams. I can’t even imagine what life would be like without them (or maybe I just don’t want to).
It’s been a wild day, ups, downs, and everything in between. At several moments I caught myself pausing to think about just how blessed I am for all the incredible people in my life. So much love, so much support, so much friendship, so much motivation. If today were my last day on earth I would go on to the next with a heart full of joy. I love you all so much!