Salida, Making Good Choices
"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely."
— Roy T. Bennett
Good morning from Salida, Colorado, a small mountain town with an eclectic group of individuals. We arrived about 1:00; I ran a call with my daughter; the man was in Winter Park, the kid was in Indy, I was in Salida; welcome to 2021, where your location does not preclude your ability to work. I had planned on apologizing for working from my car, but the prospect got on, and he was in his car; I asked my daughter to apologize for being in a home.
We were here with some friends for dinner in March, but we liked the town, so we promised ourselves we would return. We had an open afternoon yesterday, so we made the trip and did some shopping. We found a great little restaurant and had lunch, got a recommendation for dinner, and scored a lovely evening meal as well. Finally, we returned to our little hotel and crashed, enjoying a great night’s sleep.
We will head back to the mountain house, pack and then head to our Condo downtown; we have to fly back to Indiana tomorrow; we have an early flight, we will be back “home” Saturday early afternoon. Our pup is having the time of her life with her brother Griffey; our kid is watching him while we take a quick trip west.
My wife has a shower on Sunday; I’ll try and make my way to see my grandkid, maybe meeting them at a pumpkin patch; I need to work on that today. But, first, an aspen tree update; our home is still golden, but as we made our way to Salida, the trees were bare; it’s a week or so away from all the gold to fall, and winter starts. We plan to winter in the Midwest; we will fly west a couple of times to check on our home and our cats; we have a young lady who has offered to check on our house and manage our cats.
I referenced a quote yesterday; I found it; I thought I’d share it is as follows: “ But there was a sense of something tipping out of balance. The times seemed out of joint. There was too much decadence. Too much intensity. Too much change. Too much happiness juxtaposed with too much misery. Too much wealth next to too much poverty. The world was becoming faster and louder, and the social systems became as chaotic and fragmented as jazz scores. So there was a craving in some places for simplicity, for an order for scapegoats and bully-boy leaders, for nations to become like religions or cults. It happened now and then.”
It seems this is a perfect quote for these times, although it was written for a time in the 1600s. I guess time, history has a way of repeating itself. I think we sometimes get caught up in thinking this time; these happenings are new and wild, and this, meaning this cadence of time, has happened time and time again. So as I have written a time or two, let’s settle in and enjoy the journey.
Our sober journey is ending one week from today; it’s been a nice ride, a reminder of life sans booze; I can’t say it’s been not good, just different. No more coming home and clinking glasses to a day well done; we have our go-to drinks, mine is Clamato, and my wife’s is that shitty lemon Chello La Croix, I don’t know how one can stomach that stuff, but she likes it so it must not be poison.
We will leave here after working a little, get some brunch, then head back home. An excellent little adventure for us, our world is full of experiences and getaways; it helps keep us light and lively. I’ve got a call with some friends from southern Colorado, they are buying a ranch, doing some excellent mindful work, and we will talk about insuring their dream. As with all conversations these days, I’ll lead and have one of our teammates take notes; we will help them if we can.
I’ll be penning some thoughts tomorrow from downtown Denver; I expect today to be calm, winding down the day, and tomorrow is a travel day. Although Sunday is a day for something bigger than ourselves, if I were my mother, I would say God’s Day, but I’m not my mother, so I’ll use my vernacular. Be good; look for a way you can impart goodness and kindness in the world; it is those silly little acts of kindness that build a society, pay attention, do something extraordinary.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
— Roy T. Bennett