My youngest son Eric said he wanted to go to college, a university, and not in California. Sitting at our dining room table, we looked at each other, both filled with questions and uncertainty.
Eric was thinking about leaving. How would he feel when he left his hometown? He was born in Sonoma; his friends were here, and he was familiar with it all.
I was thinking, wow, it would have been a really good idea to have prepared better. You know, actually saved for this.
The windows of Kyle’s Chevy Tahoe completely fogged up as we sat in our driveway on a rainy winter night talking about his dreams.
Kyle, my oldest son, was a senior in high school and was sharing his desire to travel. Get a backpack and explore. After a two-week trip to Europe with a friend for graduation, he came home with a distinctive look in his eye. He was going back.
He worked seven days a week, saved his money and five months later with a backpack and guitar he boarded a plane for a three-month adventure to Europe.
Different paths, same message
I don’t share the same dreams, but I made the decision a long time ago to make the things that are important to my family, important to me.
I would do a lot of things different if I could go back in time, but I can’t. I’m writing this playbook as I go, and I’m very aware I’ve made many mistakes and even let my family down at times.
Encouragement is the incubator for new hope.
The area of my life I’m most proud of is being my family’s biggest encourager. Those little seeds of encouragement can miraculously grow and become the fruit of an amazing life.
There are more than enough people happy to tell us why something is a bad idea or why it won’t work.
I want to be different. I want always to be the one who says yes, you can do it.
Kyle traveled Europe and continues to have memorable and life changing adventures. He plays music and is pursuing his dreams. After a semester in New Zealand, Eric is getting ready to enter his senior year at CSU in Colorado.
I’m proud of them for chasing after what’s important to them, what speaks to their souls.
Why is this so important? Because as in the Podcast feature below, the encouragement and hope we provide to others could quite possibly change the world.
This Week’s Podcast
Who doesn’t know the name Bill Gates. As co-founder of Microsoft and typically at the top of the list as the richest person in the world, he’s a high profile guy. Bill’s wife Melinda is a intelligent and accomplished person in her own right, and together they founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The foundation is the largest private foundation in the world and is controlled by Bill, Melinda and Investor and friend Warren Buffett. The goal is to help change the world and with Bill and Warren dedicating the majority of their fortunes to the foundations causes, the positive impacts are already being felt.
In this podcast Melinda Gates talks about growing up, following her dreams with the encouragement of her parents as well as meeting Bill and how their foundation is changing the world.
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