As I stepped onto the jet-bridge there was a blast of warm bright light – and then the shelter of the air-conditioned tunnel. It was a hot summer day in Dallas, but my ultimate destination was California’s High Sierra, where I’d planned a three-week hike. First I’d need to find the gate for my next connection, and the clock was ticking. Walk quickly, I told myself. Pay Attention!
Two days before departing, I’d met a college student for coffee. A friend of mine, who’s her mentor, thought she’d benefit from my experience and perspective. Over cappuccinos we chatted about a number of things, including the concept of “balance.” The idea that a person could enjoy success at work and participate in other interests. And spend time with friends. And read books. She was young, so family wasn’t in the mix yet. There are a lot of and’s in life, I pointed out. If you want A and B and C, it’s up to you to figure out how. Continue reading “Pondering Clouds, Sparks, and Disney’s “Soul””