Parties are so 2019! So, what’s a person to do on December 31st? I have an idea combined with a request, made on behalf of a dear friend of mine. I promise it will make you feel great, make someone you care about feel super special, and it might even turn into a New Year’s Eve tradition!
Have you ever been to Gettysburg? I visited in 2016. I was astonished at how tiny the town was and how large the battlefield was. It’s in a beautiful part of the world – hilly, tree-covered. Its stunning forests, with leaves turning, and enormous grassy fields, harbored no indication of its bloody past. You find them only when you visit the memorials and graves. Today is the 157th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which was delivered at the dedication of the cemetery. His 271 words offer insight into what leading like Lincoln means.
I’ve been riding my bike 10 miles before 6:30 am on most days (thank you, COVID!) Yesterday morning, I admired a blazing, almost-full Halloween moon setting in the west. My breath turned to steam in the sub-freezing temps as I pedaled furiously down dark bumpy streets, ruminating upon the next steps for Team America.
My fellow Americans… We don’t hear that much anymore, do we? When you look at your neighbors, do you see fellow Americans? Or do you see an enemy? Are you distributing the Ultimate Loser litmus test? (Who did you vote for in 2016 and who are you voting for in 2020?) I am a consultant that builds winning teams, and I have a proposition for you. This is something I have wanted to do for the longest time. I only hope it’s not too late.
I decided to create a work of fiction, based on current events on Earth and beyond, founded in a creative thought I had while riding my bike yesterday morning. I also wanted to consider what my work and purpose might look like when viewed from a distance. Am I doing the right things and are they enough? I hope so.