Sometimes the story isn’t what we think


…the things we don’t always intend to happen, but they take our eyes off the “current ball” and give us something new to focus on. Sometimes planned. Sometimes unexpected. Always interesting if we choose to let them be.

A friend, former boss, and smart guy (all the same person) decided several weeks ago that the world needed an iPhone App (short for application) that would put important data at people’s fingertips. He approached the subject by teasing me with the notion of, “What if you wanted to find the best car dealership to service your, say, transmission? I want to develop that App to help you find that.”

Well, the App had nothing to do with cars or transmissions, but much to do with service.

After signing an agreement carefully crafted by his wife, an attorney, to not let the cat out of the bag and promising first borns, fingers and other unspecified objects, I was permitted access into the inner sanctum of what it was about. Turns out to be a really interesting and useful tool for travelers and others who need the services of professionals in a specific field.

But that’s not the story here. The story is about being open to possibility (there are other posts about that topic on the blog), knowing that we can choose to be a contribution and find tremendous joy and satisfaction in that—even if our “real job” isn’t the most satisfying.

The joy is that I’ve spend the past few days doing artwork, research, and thinking about subjects that I have no firsthand knowledge of, and, to be honest, not an intense interest in. And that’s the point.

Sometimes, our gifts, our talents, our skills, apply broadly to many fields. We only restrict their application by the limits we put on them and ourselves.

My friend, the App owner, literally lectured me a few days ago about that very thing. I didn’t like the conversation at all. But I listened.

And I learned.

Diversions can be good things.

And this one has given me one of the best weeks of my life.

You can have a good week, too.

Make that choice!


2 responses

  1. I am always delighted to read your insightful comments, and sometimes happy to see that we think along the same lines. In our lives the only limiting factor to our success is ourselves. A great man once said (I paraphrase) “if you only had as much faith as a mustard seed you could move mountains”. the faith we all need is in ourselves, we need to fully use the talents given to us. Most of us only work 8—12 hours a day. That means that we have room to apply our talents elsewhere on our time off. Why not do it with some diversions that can bear wonderful fruit of success. Diversions, risk, whatever you call them are worth the very experience you get form talking them. The sweetest fruit is always far out at the end of the branch.

    Thanks Jake!

  2. MK… It’s good to hear from you and to be reminded and reinforced about how important it is to try, to stretch and to do it without always understanding the final result. Very cool comment… Happy to think alike with you anytime! Thanks…

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