In a recent visit to my home state, I stayed in an historic hotel that had pictures from early statehood. I was struck by how the white settlers of Oklahoma started with a tent city in the late 1800s and in less than 20 years had built more than one entire city with substantial infrastructure. Most of my hometown of Guthrie, the original capital, was built in about 5 years. They went from dirt to multi-story buildings in the blink of an eye.
It got me thinking about what we as individuals can accomplish in our own lives. On the one hand, five years sounds like a long time. But at our age, we can easily look back five years and see where we were and where we are now. And we can imagine that we will be around in five years. Can we envision taking our personal landscape from prairie to the creation of our imagination in five years? Two years? Less?
Of course we can. But only if we have of vision of where we want to go. Those of us in midlife may be wondering what is next, or what even is left to do. But now is the time to use our imaginations to create a future by design.
What do you imagine for yourself? Do you still have the ability to picture a bright future? Sometimes we may need a little help to fan the flames of dreams we may have put on hold or decided were unattainable. What thing would you do if you knew you would not fail?
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