Unencumbered. For the first time in a long time – I find myself free of worry. I’m not really sure how to deal with this. In the past year and a half – my personal life has been pretty much about reducing my obligations (church, grounded, Jocko (sad)) while adding activities that help me expand (biking). “Steve, what do you mean – you don’t know how to deal with it? Enjoy it man!*” Yes. Easier said than done. I now understand empty nest from another perspective.
I can hear it now. “He’s looking for projects to fill his plate. HIDE!” I can understand your fear however, I’m excited about Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics and what we are doing, and I know that if we stick to our well-laid out strategic plans, we will be fine. So I’m not looking to add more to the system’s plate … I, personally want to know what I need to do to grow, thrive and expand (not literally).
I recently said “yes” to a trip to Lima Peru with some friends. It was amazing. We traveled to Machu Picchu, drank chicha (purple corn drink – dreadful) and pisco sours (yum), ate ceviche (raw fish finished with lime and salt) and a lot of octopus and made new friends and deepened other friendships. I expanded my horizons. “Yes” – simple and beautiful.
I can choose to deal with my new status in a couple of different ways. I could choose self pity and victimhood or I could choose thrive. I wrote last week that I felt I did the best I could with my tasks at hand and so as I move forward, I do so without regret.
I choose thrive.