Friday, July 30, 2010

Reflections on Being

As the sun broke the horizon of houses to my East this morning I sat savoring my first cup of coffee while completing my goal list for the day. Weather permitting, I take time in the early morning to sit outside and ponder the coming day, thinking, planning and reflecting.

While I wrote I noticed a tiny grasshopper making a daring effort to scale a foam covered pipe that is attached to the back of my studio. The pipe runs from the air conditioning unit on the ground up the wall about 14 feet and into the building, a gargantuan distance for such a small creature. This diminutive guy was climbing the pipe for who knows what reason, but he was doing it, step by step by step. As I watched, he would pause, presumably to rest, then begin again slowly and carefully making another step toward the top.

This fellow made me think. We all have our own struggles in life, our own climb and our own goals. Do we have the perseverance of a grasshopper? Can we keep going, keep struggling, keep climbing even when we cannot see the end? It's easy to give up and accept less than what we deserve. The grasshopper could have stopped at any time, but he didn't. He kept moving ever so slowly, changing position around the pipe for better footing as he climbed. When we need to adjust our direction, and everyone does at times, do we keep on moving?

But we're people, not grasshoppers. Sometimes we need help. Sometimes we need to be pointed, or repointed, toward our goal. On August 8-11 Skip Cohen is presenting the first ever edition of Skip's Summer School in Las Vegas. In just two and a half day you'll be exposed to 15 of the greatest image makers and marketing experts in the world. These folks will energize you, inspire you and keep you pointed on task to reach your goal, or help you climb to new heights beyond your current imagination. You owe it to yourself to take the time to learn from the best. Flights to Vegas are cheap. The workshop is incredibly cheap. Even the rooms are cheap. The experience, however, will be priceless.

Be a grasshopper, go to Skip's Summer School and climb to the top.

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