A “Symphony of Your Life Blog” with Mark Hardcastle
Captain’s log: February, 2022. I’m in Orlando on my own dime, listening for what The Meadow might have to say.
Yeah, I know. We’re usually down in the Willow Creek Open Space in Colorado. But The Meadow travels with me and speaks to me wherever we happen to be. Today we’re sauntering through Constitution Green, a tiny park in Central Orlando that I discovered years ago, and now visit faithfully whenever I’m here.
How could I not? This live oak tree is estimated to be over 200 years old. Its massive arms dive to the ground, then spring back up into newly supported trunks. It’s a wonder. And so I do.
After all, some use clocks. I keep time by the rhythm of The Meadow. And this old tree records the passage of time on an entirely different scale. Those records contain treasures to be picked up, turned over in hand, and pondered.
As I pondered this morning, here’s what the old tree had to say.
“Life will be hard later if you don’t pay the price today to become valuable tomorrow. Life will be hard today if you do pay the price, but delaying gratification today will ensure that tomorrow’s possibilities will be endless.”
Two centuries of wisdom walking with my six decades of stories that carry lessons of their own. Some in my world think I’m “old.” But I’ve got nothin’ on this guy. He gave me good stuff today. Now I’m giving it to you.
Thanks for reading!
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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