Fridays are my day to experiment with writing about topics from Abundance to Zeitgeist (just looked it up, it means "spirit of the times.") For today, here are few things on my mind, and if anything I write about matters to you I hope you will post a comment.
1. Stunning accomplishment at any age: This week 64-year-old Diana Nyad successfully made the 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida 35 years after she first attempted the swim. Do you think the story is about her age? Are we supposed to stop achieving our dreams and "just hang on" after 60? Or is the cut-off even younger — 50, 40? What happens to 70, 80, and 90? Diana said of her accomplishment, "Be fully engaged!" and that is not about a number. Or, perhaps her experience failing five times before she got it right is why we are sometimes better positioned to achieve dreams when we have experience. (Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda, just signed up for Dancing with the Stars, and she is both in her 70s and living with cancer!)
2. The Corporate Grandparent: On Monday's blog I will become the self-proclaimed Career Guru, and that "corporate image" may not be consistent with the stereotypical grandmother. Can I be both? (A grandmother but not stereotypical, I mean.) The little girl pictured on this post is one of my 4 granddaughters (and a fifth is on the way). They make me laugh and connect me to the cosmos. Then they go home! I can work, read, or have a glass of wine. What's not to like? . . . unless I'm discounted for mentioning this role is part of my life. Do you think I will lose credibility with my younger readers? I think we have a lot to learn from each other. Inter-generational enterprise is not only fun, but is a good way to build effective teams.
3. Happy Rosh Hashanah: When I was a kid I always envied my Jewish classmates who got to miss school for the high holidays (although we never had to do much because the teachers let us read, talk, and play longer at recess!) This week our family had the privilege of sharing in the Jewish New Year at our neighbor's home — my first time ever. I loved eating apples dipped in honey (it symbolizes hope for a sweet, healthy, and joyous new year), and hearing the shofar (the ram's horn trumpet). It was an honor to share the ritual, the tradition, and warm community. The table setting (below) gives you a sense of the evening — as beautiful as it was delicious! L'Shana Tova!