Like a Rolling Stone
Have you ever had one of those super busy days where it just feels like you haven't accomplished anything? I just wrapped up one of those days last Wednesday. Now don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade that day's experience for anything in the world, but whew sitting all day just takes it out of me! At my office I bought an adjustable sit/stand desktop option so I think I have spoiled myself. I was invited to be part of a young professionals in legislative leadership event where several state representatives and a state senator came and spoke to our group. It was amazed me to hear how few constituents actually reach out to these representatives when new bills are trying to be passed (they mentioned there are many times when they hear nothing). I thought that they would be getting bombarded with people wanting to talk about the bills prior to the votes, but it seems that it is only after the votes when people will finally contact them to give their opinion. It really made me pause to consider adjusting my approach and I realized that I need to take the time to at least glance through the issues they are voting on and give my opinion and thoughts when I feel passionately about a specific bill.
After our morning sessions we went over to the Ohio state house and got to sit-in on the House of Representatives session and see how the process proceeds with the very polite back and forth arguments made by several representatives. I also found it rather interesting that they have very specific traditions that they adhere to throughout these proceedings.
After seven hours of sitting and listening to political issues, my brain hit the maximum threshold for political matters in one day in addition to just needing to move. Thankfully at this point, the event was over and we were all dismissed. However, when I look back through the day, lunch was AMAZING! They had steamed vegetables, that weren't drenched in butter, and salmon....a much better lunch than many other events I've attended over the past few years. So maybe the seven hours of sitting was worth it, just for that meal...
Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to enjoy walking around downtown as the sun started to set for the day and expose another side of beauty with all the reflective windows on the sky scrappers. Immediately after the event I had to make the two hour drive to Cincinnati, Ohio for a work training event. The time I had to leave was not ideal because I got stuck in the Columbus rush hour and then got stuck in the 6 o'clock traffic that plagues Cincinnati. The bright part of the drive though was the sunset. As I was cruising along the long stretch of freeway between the two cities I got to watch the gradual progression of an absolutely gorgeous sunset. There was just a small strip of clouds along the horizon line and as the sun fell lower and lower into the horizon there were perfect rays of light emanating from behind the clouds. Then came the moment when the sky just erupted into color. I always love the vivid pinks, magenta, purple, orange, and yellow mixing of color in the sky. My husband is probably tired of me saying this (as I say it frequently about nature), but it was just a beautiful moment. I find that I refer to a lot of sunsets and sunrises this way, but they all take my breath away for a moment and I just have to stare in awe.
So even though I had about 10 hours toward work for the day, I was happy. I was happy to get some awesome pictures of the state house and of this interesting art piece, by the parking garage I utilized for the day.
I was happy to get to see the sunset today. I was happy that I had a safe and rather uneventful drive, even though I did get tailgated twice while in the right lane going just over the speed limit. I was happy because the hotel I stayed in gave me a wonderful view of the Cincinnati downtown area. Oh! I almost forgot! I was so excited to get to use this rain shower head that was in my hotel room, it was seriously amazing! It made me feel extra snazzy!
I was saddened though by a the fact that while I was driving through downtown Cincinnati, on my way to my hotel, to see so many homeless individuals. Likewise in downtown Columbus I walked past at least 10 homeless individuals who weren't asking for money. As the weather gets colder I find that I think about these homeless souls in our neighborhoods and my heart aches because I wish I could help them all, but eradicating homelessness in our country is a much larger issue that we all need to work to resolve. Sorry for that little rant. I just find that as I'm getting older, I'm more aware of these injustices in our society and I feel an onslaught of emotions when seeing something like the rampant homelessness.
I hope that you had a wonderful day/week and that you had at least one person positively impact you and that you positively impacted at least one person as well. Remember, if you don't focus on the impact you have, then you're letting someone else write your story. Take control and make the world see you as you want to be seen.