Today I met with a colleague who is also an independent consultant. We tend to get together a couple of times a year to network and provide support and ideas for our respective businesses. We also chat about family, leisure and other personal happenings.
We seem to be in similar places in our lives---children out of the house, who are moving forward in their careers & relationships which take them to various parts of the world; dealing with issues related to aging parents--assisted living, concerns about their health and financial security; and our own lives moving toward that "third phase" as baby boomers who are wondering what the future will bring--when do we retire, or do we ever? How much time should we spend in warm tropical places? How to mesh our personal and family commitments with our career goals? These seem to be many of the questions facing our generation of folks today and there is comfort in speaking with others who are grappling with the same issues.
Have you ever noticed how some people lift your spirits, cause you to feel energized and better about yourself while there are others who seem to overwhelm you with negativity and suck the life right out of you? Good thing to take notice of and I suggest, whenever possible, surrounding yourself with the former and minimizing contact with the latter. (Thanks Steve!!!)