There is something I have been working on for a very long time. It has received my attention a lot because I know that it is a behavior I have to change. I am definitely a workaholic until I am not. I love what I do, and that is not helping the situation one bit. But I have paid attention to this situation, and this weekend revealed to me that I really have needed a challenge. I needed something that lit my fire to help balance out the love of the work I do with Empower Excellence, and I think I have found it.
For many years I have wanted to live in Oberlin, Ohio. Never being quite sure if it was a romantic notion or a real passion. In the last month, I have been paying more and more attention to the Oberlin scenario. I even started attending church in Oberlin at First Church again after 10 years. It is not a romantic notion. It is exactly what I need. It is the place where I can be me and really pursue the mission of Empower Excellence taking it to the next level. And more immediately, it is catching my attention so that I am not “working” all of the time.
Yesterday, I set out to Oberlin for 10 AM Service. I stayed for the adult education. I then had lunch from Gibson’s and drove about town identifying rental properties and talking with landlords. I then had pizza at Lorenzo’s and visited the Oberlin Public Library for books on Oberlin–I now have an Oberlin library card. It was a happy day…it is exactly what I need to move me to the next level on oh so many points. It was a joyous day! I didn’t spend a lot of money, but I spent a lot of attention and energy. It felt wonderful, and it felt comfortable. It was a joyous day! I hope to have many more just like yesterday as I begin a new chapter of my life. JOY, JOY, JOY!