Thoughts on Turning 60

Kim facing left

This is the day I hit the 60 mark. I seem to have arrived here remarkably quickly. I’m very happy to be here. Each day there are many new things to learn and each day there is much to contribute. There is a very satisfying balance between challenge, curiosity and contentment. I’m unbelievably healthy and mobile and count my blessings each day, as I have not always treated my body as a temple. I have excellent friends and family and am very appreciative to have them in my life.

I offered to help a lovely and elderly lady with her recycling and garbage the other day. She declined with a smile and said, “I do everything a little slower than I used to, but I still like to do everything.”

I chuckled and replied, “I’m on the same path. Just a few steps behind.”

She smiled even more broadly and quipped, “It sure beats the alternative.”

We both laughed, bid each other adieu and carried on with our days. I really enjoy those random moments of connection and laughter and look forward to actively seeking them out at every opportunity.

Set The Bar Higher

Here’s a great TED talk on work/life balance. Enjoy and reflect.

Happy New Year Everyone

I’m going to start the new year off with a humorous story about my Dad. Dad is 81 and lives in Calgary with his lovely wife, Ida. I live in Victoria. We have coffee together 3 or 4 times a week. Our visits happen courtesy of Skype video and I feel blessed by modern technology in this regard. To be able to have regular face to face contact with my Dad is wonderful. If you would like to read about how this all came about, you can go to The Emotional Intelligence Training Company website’s blog and read Remaining Connected.

In the beginning of December, shortly after cleaning my own Macbook, I asked my Dad how often he cleaned their laptop. He told me he cleaned it with a microfibre cloth about once a week. I told him he had been looking a bit fuzzy on my screen over the past couple of weeks and it seemed to be getting worse. He replied,”I’ll give it a thorough cleaning once we finish our chat today.”

We hung up after another 10 minutes or so. I was doing the dishes when I heard the familiar Skype ring and saw my Dad was calling me. I clicked on answer and up popped my Pops in incredible clarity. He saw the look on my face and said, “Am I any clearer?” I replied that it was the clearest I had ever seen him. He laughed and said, ”As I began to clean the computer, I could feel something protruding from the top, where the camera is and I peeled off a little circle of clear plastic. It had obviously been covering the lens from the time we unwrapped our new machine.” They had purchased the computer about 5 months earlier.

We both had a very good belly laugh together. Honestly, it was to the point of tears in the eyes. We then parted company again, confident in having new clarity in our future.