I am on Alaska flight 2423 from Billings to Seattle, with a connection to end up late in Portland. After almost 24 years on the road doing seminars I am on my way to my last one. It has been a glorious ride. Thanks to many hours on Alaska airlines I am enjoying Dewars on the rocks, sitting in premium seating. I am listening to John Denver’s concert in Sydney, I have been there at least twenty times. Thanks to this lifestyle of mine I have done seminars on five continents and seventeen countries, met some amazing people, seen things that I never dreamt I would see. The flight attendant is leading us in a singing of White Christmas, that is a special moment few get to experience, I am blessed.
I do know that I will miss this life a bit, the travel and the people. The people who have trusted me enough to tell me their stories and trials, hoping I had some suggestions to help; that has always intimidated me. The experience of travel has been a wonderful adventure.
Yet , I am ready for my art. I did a sketch for Leslie, the flight attendant on this flight. A small 2”x3” sketch of a friend’s place in Golspie, Scotland. She loved it. Art is for people, for enjoyment. I am so looking forward to connecting with people through brushes and pens.
The last twenty-four years I have helped people with management, project management, and communications. Now I am looking forward to touching people with the beauty of the world we live in. Hopefully adding a bit of color and peace to a crazy and strife burdened world.
I have had an incredible ride, I have the best wife and friend you could ever have, some dear friends that I value, and experiences that are more than anyone deserves. This flight will soon land, tomorrow I will stand in front of an audience for the last time. There is no way to express how grateful I am that I have been blessed to live my dream.