A “Symphony of Your Life” blog with Mark Hardcastle
March 25, 2021
Back on March 25th of 2020 I was scheduled to speak at a networking happy hour. I’d attended their meetings as a guest, had actually spoken for them before, and by this time I had become friends with many and was looking forward to seeing them. Obviously, that event did not happen.
The pandemic still had the upper hand: its impact growing, its ultimate effect not yet known. I couldn’t encourage them in person, but I wanted to do something. So I wrote them a letter. Part of the text follows in quotations below.
When I wrote that letter, to borrow from Churchill, we weren’t even at the end of the beginning. A year later I believe we’re beyond the beginning of the end. And we’re like a squadron of B-17s in March of 1945: bullet-riddled. Those still air-worthy continue to fly, taking the battle to the enemy, until the conclusion, though foregone, is at hand. I hope the idea I shared with my friends a year ago encourages you today. Today, 12 months down the road, the end is in sight. All we have to do is #StayInTheProcess.
“…We’re not meeting today because we’re fighting a battle together. It’s touching each of us. Every member of Cor2Cor. And here’s something you’re not hearing in the media, or from our government leaders, but I’m 100% certain that it’s true. You have been through hard battles before. And by virtue of the fact that you are present today, reading this note, I know that you’ve survived. Indeed, you’ve thrived. And each battle you’ve worked over, under, around, or through has given you tools that you’ve been able to use in subsequent fights. Including the one we’re all fighting today.
When we connect with the pandemic behind us, I’ll share some stories about that reality. I’ll tell you about my daughter, Anna, who pursued her dream for more than a decade before it came true. I’ll introduce you to the Jump Master at Fort Benning who daily teaches soldiers that they can keep going as long as they need to. We’ll talk about how Koko Crater taught me to manage the enormity of any great challenge.
And I’ll invite you to know my friend and mentor, Captain Mark Hoog, who taught me one of the most important lessons Life has for us: if we are ever to succeed in anything, we simply must stay in the process. It’s a simple idea, though not necessarily easy in times like these.
I look forward to visiting with you when we can. Until then, I encourage you to lean into the idea that you are equipped for this challenge. And thank you for being the leaders I know you to be. You are the encouragers who are leading our community through and ultimately away from this crisis.
I’ll see you soon!
Link to Mark’s book, The Symphony of Your Life
The Symphony of Your Life on YouTube
Mark graduated from the USAF Academy in 1982. After nine years as a pilot on active duty, he left the military to join a commercial airline. In addition to flying B-737s around the country, Hardcastle spends time in the Rocky Mountains and serves on the artistic staff of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife and four children. Need some help figuring out why you’re on this planet? Want to talk about discovering your mission and purpose? Contact Mark today at 720.840.8361 to schedule a free personal consultation. He can also deliver an inspirational keynote or workshop for your organization! email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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