Today, feels like my first day back to reality after this weekend’s Expo and all the weeks and months of preparation that went into being there. It’s not that it was the only thing that I was focused on – but it certainly was dominating my time and while it ended on Sunday, yesterday I was completely worn out from all the energy I had expended, despite the fact that my schedule had kicked right in with appointments and a five-hour workshop yesterday afternoon and evening. Though all of the materials and boxes I have brought back with me still are in need of a permanent home, they are at least stacked neatly in the corner of my office, and I have separated out the items to be filed, the items needing follow-up and so on – so now it is a matter of integrating and developing all of the “next steps” that were produced. And thankfully, today I feel awake enough to do so.
It was a great experience. I was very happy with my exhibitor booth, my friends and family who supported and helped me there, the wonderful conversations that I had with people who stopped by to see what I was all about and with my talk, which was well-attended and well-received. In all, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
There is much to be done now regarding the follow-up and I look forward to doing some coaching with the many folks who expressed an interest in working together. And while there are other important items on this week’s agenda, a couple of article deadlines and the completion of my outline for my next writer’s group meeting – the biggest item on my plate is writing a eulogy for my two aunts for their funeral service on Friday. Since being asked to take on this piece last week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about all the memories and feelings I have for these two beloved women. There is so much I can say that there will be no struggle to find the content. My hope is that I honor them well, as they have been and still are a couple of the most significant people in my life.
Consciously mindful of what is important. Eternally grateful for what I can best describe as a profound sense of connection to humanity on both a personal and a more distant levels. All of us doing what we need to do each day – each with our own challenges and rewards, each doing our best, as we work through the content of our lives and connect with the meaning. It’s going to be another big week, for very different reasons, and I am awake and ready to proceed.