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“Good morning! And if I don’t see you… good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”

If you have never heard that phrase before then I would suggest you checking out Jim Carrey’s movie The Truman Show. That phrase was an every morning greeting that Carrey-also starring as Truman Burbank-would habitually and joyfully delight his neighbors with.

I remember when little Truman in The Truman Showraised his hand in class and exclaimed, I want to be an explorer, like the Great Magellan!”

The teacher, quickly retorted while pointing to a map of the world, “Oh, you’re too late! There’s nothing left to explore!”

They did all they could in that movie to stifle any imaginative thought from that boy. The world he knew to be reality was just a made up picture that the world gave him and as a result it’s all he knew he could live, but there was a deep yearning for something more.

Doesn’t that image of adhering to things as they are sound a little too familiar? Though the movie displays an extreme view of life, just how unrealistic is it?

Many can look at the world around us and the magical clockwork that we’ve put in place to help move forward our daily lives and say that it works just fine. Though there are fires and hiccups that need to be dealt with, it still works and it has always worked this way and nothing else is left to change, edit, invent, or discover because everything has already been discovered, right?

Well, if you believe that, you are absolutely right! Nothing changes for those who believe there is nothing to change, until… change happens to them. At that point, change becomes disaster.

However, if you believe otherwise, you are also absolutely right! Everything changes and evolves into better ways for those who believe there are plenty to change, and much left to discover.   You have embraced change and are usually part of it. Evolution courses in your veins and the need to build and make your world better lives on.

We’re all here to explore, create, and make things better. There is an open door of opportunity for you if you understand nothing remains the same.  When you understand that, you’re ahead of the crowd.

What do you believe is a possibility that others may think is crazy or outside of what they’re used to understanding?

If your teacher told you that there was nothing left to discover, how would you respond and prove otherwise?



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Comment by Robert Clinton on November 5, 2012 at 2:11pm

Jen, thanks a bunch! You are a great inspiration, example and maker of possibilities!

Comment by Robert Clinton on November 5, 2012 at 2:09pm

Wow Carol, that is so awesome... I could really hear your heart all over that description! Way to really move the journey of dementia for families into an incredible light. Sounds like a blessing beyond measure!

And thank you for sharing!

Comment by Carol Howell on November 2, 2012 at 10:56am

Rob - Senior Life Journeys is a company dedicated to the education of dementia.  I do life coaching for families traveling the journey of dementia to make them better caregivers.  My heart is in the Music Therapy Coaching I offer for those who have dementia.  I go into facilities of any type and form choirs where the folks can sing the songs from their past - LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART, SHINE ON HARVET MOON, BLUE MOON, etc.  I cannot begin to express the joy I receive from both coaching and music therapy, but the music therapy is (as my husband would say) the cat's meow!  My public speaking engagements have increased as of late, and I take great pride in speaking and educating about dementia while making the audience laugh.  As I say in my newsletter each week, sometimes you've just got to laugh! 

Thanks for asking!

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on November 1, 2012 at 5:32pm

Very insightful Rob. I especially love your thoughts on "change" and "possibilities". (Ann, loved your comment too - change IS constant). Thanks!

Comment by Robert Clinton on November 1, 2012 at 11:54am

Carol, congrats! Way to make that leap forward and move towards your heart's calling. Sounds like you have an awesome and passionate journey ahead of you. So what's your new venture about with Seniors? It sounds exciting!

Comment by Robert Clinton on November 1, 2012 at 11:53am

Ann, thanks so much! you're right on point... 

Comment by Carol Howell on November 1, 2012 at 3:57am

About 6 weeks ago I decided to quit my "day job" to pursue Senior Life Journeys full time.  That was a huge decision!  I absolutely knew I needed to explore!  Every day I am thrilled with my decision, excited to see what opportunities await me, and am thankful God pushed me through the door of adventure.  

Comment by Ann Musico on October 31, 2012 at 11:33am

Great post Rob - change is the one constant in all our lives and until we begin to be proactive about making positive change happen when we can, we will find change happening to us instead.

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