One foot on the ground
After 6 months in Australia, I said we wouldn't make any make any major decisions until after the jet-lag passed .. for good reason .. Anyway thanks Rod and the team for being a top team of builders :)
This week we flew home from Australia after an absolute adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 6 month I visited Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Lichfield Park, Kakadu, Geelong, Newcastle, the Whitsundays, Kangaroo Valley, Conjola and Jervis Bay. I made many new friends. I presented on emerging technologies on stages to thousands of people, established a strategic alliance with Cisco and won three great new strategic accounts. I searched for crocodiles and met kangaroos, I hiked, sailed, swam, surfed, rode horses, skateboarded and camped. I went to operas and bands. I visited art galleries and live shows. I designed city street furniture of the future. I lunched with ministers. I mastered a new trade. I was supported by some great colleagues at work and my loving wife. I had the chance to spend some great time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. And I was fortunate at the end of our trip to be offered an awesome new role as Director for Global Emerging Technology at KPMG International.
Today I am 50. I'm celebrating by sailing in the Whitsundays, Australia's top cruising islands. I'm sharing the day with my beautiful wife Miranda, her sister Fiona and my brother-in-law Dan. We drank Champagne over lunch, moored in Palm Bay. We're now lying by a pool before we BBQ some steak, drink some red wine, watch the sun go down and then watch the night sky from our deck. I'm blessed to mark this occasion with such a perfect day.
It's said happiness is the journey not the destination. But as I look back on a life packed with adventure, that's not what I see. The journey is where I push myself, where I explore, where the unexpected happens, where I make new friends, where I learn. Most of life is a journey and there is much happiness along the way.
But when I arrive and look out from the top of a mountain, or across the ocean, or from under a waterfall, or I look at what I have built with my hands, or watch my children perform something they have worked hard to deliver, when I arrive at a destination, if I listen, my soul connects with the universe in a wonderful way. A moment of peace. Stillness. Beauty. A sense of accomplishment. When I arrive, I feel more alive. Any pain along the way is forgotten. If I'm remote, I breath in the world, deeply. My soul connects with the universe and it's replenished. My strength grows. I can see more clearly. The destinations we experience are life's really magic moments.
Arriving at 50 and arriving at Palm Bay was a moment to take a deep breath and connect with the universe. And I did. And I feel replenished. And the path I can see ahead is clear, for a while.