“Even in the darkest of moments, there is always the opportunity of the light at the end of your tunnel!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m in Detroit! In a hotel! Near a stage!
Later today, I’ll go on that stage as the opening keynote speaker for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute, with a look at the future of consumer products, packaged goods, manufacturing and so much more.
I hope I still have ‘it!’
I always worked hard to convince myself that this day would come. And I’m fully prepared to admit that it’s just, well, pretty weird!
There’s not much more I can do to put some context on this day, other than to share with you what I wrote on March 10, 2020, when the world came crashing down. I mourned for a moment – then, I went to build myself a virtual stage. And now, for a time, it seems I might be back!
“Life is 98% capitalizing on your optimism – and 2% managing your brief, small moments of panic!” – Futurist Jim Carroll, March 10, 2020
I’ve seen this movie before. I know how it ends.
The future? It certainly isn’t over. Its arrival has just slowed down by a small degree!
To me, the choice is clear.
The decisions you make this morning will define your future.
Everything from this moment forward comes one day at a time – but put those days together, and you’ve got some serious momentum towards recovery.
And the most important thing you need right now to keep that momentum going is your optimism.
Optimism is your oxygen, your sustenance, your vitamin D of the future, your sunshine.
Keep it, nurture it, sustain it!