The Ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time. Karios relates to a proper or opportune time for action. (Thank you Wikipedia)
There is an interesting convergence of milestones in my purview, some offering hope and others, despair. The good news is organizations and institutions are starting to understand the importance of entrepreneurial ecosystem building. The bad news is, for some of the practitioners, it is too little, too late.
Though we might spend other times doing so
At least once a year everyone gets chance to make a wish
No shooting stars, four leaf clovers, wishbones or dandelions needed.
In childhood, my wishes centered on toys
Better grades, higher status, shiny baubles, indulgent vacations as I aged.
Tangible rewards, peace of mind or global peace depending on how hectic or altruistic I was feeling.
If that one wish was all that came true, what would you spend it on?
A magic token?
An all access pass?
Hovering in the space between now and next
Pondering life, the universe and everything
Teetering betwixt the known and what’s possible
My mind weaves like a dancer’s arms
Articulating a story
Ebbing and flowing in unheard rhythm
As my hand rises and sways
I can feel a phantom one touching mine
Mirroring like mimes
Trusting movement and momentum
Curious where minds go
In this quiet time amidst departure and arrival
Circling in a holding pattern until there’s a signal
Wondering which runway awaits
Comfortable in knowing the sensation of wheels on the ground
Familiar and assuring
As the seasons change and life shifts
There is not a lot of time
as I move about my day
So much to be done
But throughout my day, I take pause
And think of a little joy.
The future is hard to configure
Hope can be challenging
when so much is at stake
Will I do the ‘right’ thing?
Will I keep all the plates spinning?
What if I forget?
What if I screw up?
Think of magic moments created in the past
The ones that turned out right anyway
As I look at more years in the rearview mirror than ahead, I ponder how I ended up here. So many ideas of what I was supposed to do and where I thought I was going. I’m happier with myself and by myself, but it was not always this way…
I had such a blissful young life, oblivious to so much. The “golden child” doted on by everyone in my wake. Life was handed to me in scrumptious bits and the gift of adoration, plentiful and constant. Moving into adolescence in a world not my own, the realization that I…
Life is truly what happens when you’re busy making plans
Sometimes they go accordingly
Timing precise and in tune
Then there’s a glitch, a hiccup, a pause
At times it’s incidental, others monumental
Just because these happen
Does not mean we are flawed
Not broken, not failed
No blame, no shame
It is not simple or easy or insignificant
It will take time, and effort and grace
To unravel and unwind and find a new pace
Balance patience, self care and settle into the space
Be mindful not to squander precious time nevertheless
Bid some adieu and wish them well
In the solitude of an empty house, my mind wanders to comfortable places far away
I open my Pandora’s Box of stolen moments
Each precious gem held up and examined
Viewing each facet with new admiration
Searching deep for the glimmer that reminds me of bliss
Sometimes my retrospection floods into my conscious mind
Like a river unleashed amidst a rainstorm
Other times like the morning dew accumulating imperceptivity
Emanating into a drop barely detected had it not been anticipated
I let my mind wander at times to the precarious place of imagination
In a world constructed without encumbrance
It’s been a helluva a year, which is a major understatement. There are a lot of things about 2020 that the world wishes did not happen, global pandemic, racial unrest, murder hornets and natural, as well as man-made disasters…
But there’s more.
A personal journey into an emerging field.
In 2017, I was invited to a conference in Kansas City by a foundation I only had a passing acquaintance with, I was told I had been nominated to attend.
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