“Every successful journey of reinvention starts with commitment and ends with enthusiasm!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It’s a BIG day around here, and in fact, the start of a pretty epic week! Today we close on our new home in the city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and begin the process of moving out of our home of 29 1/2 years in a suburb outside of Toronto. We’ll be at it through to next Monday – before the next steps of settling in continue.
It’s a pretty massive change – it’s the home where we’ve spent most of our married life, welcome our sons into our world and raised them into young men, and launched a crazy global business based on writing, speaking, and sharing insight. It’s a complicated move – it’s not just a home but an office, as well as a massively sophisticated virtual broadcast studio. More on that tomorrow.
What I’ve come to learn is that every successful journey involves a series of steps, woven together to tell the story of a tapestry of life. While there are massive mixed emotions in leaving a wonderful home that we created together, there is excitement and joy in the discovery and creation of a new home that is closer to family. Over the last few months, I’ve tried to work extra hard to focus more on my enthusiasm for the next step rather than dwell with melancholy on the moments of the past!
Oh, and one last thing – the map in the image comes from my Strava feed – one day, I decided to accelerate my enthusiasm for the journey by riding my bike from my current home to the new home!
It was a pretty epic ride – at least for me – since it’s mostly uphill, including a pretty significant climb up the Niagara Escarpment, followed by a series of never-ending rollers that are overall continuously uphill……
Let’s just say my pace was not entirely epic. My 26-year-old extremely fit youngest son met me 2/3 of the way into my journey and had a good laugh at the progress of my effort but provided me non-stop motivation to keep up the pace.
Here’s what I know about BIG change: always look forward, and act that way. Even undertaking this simple voyage was a part of my plan for fuelling up my enthusiasm for where I am going, rather than dwelling on where I have been!