After days of facilitating transformational insights, we had a final dinner together at the Mexican restaurant below. While snapping a few pictures of the colorful decor, the other was getting caught up on work emails.
How many once-in-a-lifetime moments do we get?
The boss found out first a couple weeks ago. Then two days ago the colleague he respects immeasurably found out (second) via phone call. Yesterday everyone found out via an (earlier than expected) official email invitation from the boss.
The third person to find out was a client who would wonder why he never said anything all week. To nip that in the bud, he told her last night after the program, and asked her not to tell his colleague because he would do that himself at dinner.
Before the menus were opened, the colleague starts reading aloud the announcement from his work phone email.
It was a moment.
He understood after the explanation.
The next level of mid life celebration officially begins.
(photo: Two days ago the photo was inspired to capture the laptop cable lock, middle left. Most professional speakers don’t secure their laptop.)
There are moments in our lives that only happen once.
The gratitude from the solitude at 4:30am in this quiet Flint, Michigan Holiday Inn room is remarkable.
Pause for a moment and think about your working years, and the working years of your parents and grandparents.
Have you followed in their footsteps?
Why or why not?
Have you set an example for your children (if you’re a parent)?
Disney career officially began January 25, 1982 as a Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise Skipper. Left later that year to ride a bicycle across the Country. Returned to Walt Disney World permanently September 1984.
Eventually we all reach the once-in-a-lifetime moment…
The official, public sharing of the impending retirement began yesterday, October 16, 2014.