10 Aug 2017

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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We now have two teenage daughters in our home.  Every time I look at my beautiful girls and how they have grown up on me, I’m amazed at the passing of time. One of our teens has arrived at the, get your driver’s license stage. Where has the time gone?  The answer to my rhetorical question reminds me of John Mellencamp’s lyrics, That’s O.K! I knew that this would happen, but I was hoping not today,” from his song entitled, I’m Not Running Anymore.   Very apropos. I guess I can’t out run them growing up even if I tried.  And so another birthday is upon us.

It was decided, and I was told, that we were having a Star Wars themed birthday party, featuring our new family favorite, “Guardians of the Galaxy” at a local bowling alley.  Needless to say, it was mostly girls in attendance.  However, there were two older boys invited, whom I instinctually didn’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling about…turns out, ol’ Dad’s instincts were right.  The kids attending the party were fabulously nerdy, full of exuberance fun and laughter.   It was so refreshing to see that they were not afraid to look goofy in front of each other.  In fact, they made bowling look fun, ya know, a bit like eating ice cream out of the gallon container it came in, which until I became an adult, living in my own home, with my own refrigerator, I thought was impossible.

Now, back to the teenage boys who had been invited to the party. FYI: Men have intuition too! There is nothing quite as obvious as a hormonal teenage boy. Their intentions were transparently clear, devious and premeditated.  They concocted a plan designed solely for me to “like them.”  As if that was going to happen.  I give them points for doing their research about me and finding out my love for music.   The plan was to butter me up by asking me to play 80’s and 70’s music while driving to the party.  One boy asked me to play a gem, one of my favorites called, “Baker Street.”   We all rocked out.  And then he who shall remain unnamed, thought he had buttered me up enough to ask permission to take my eldest daughter on a date.  DENIED!!!

The party was over and a fun time was had by all, except he who shall remain unnamed.  Heading to the parking lot I found myself walking slightly ahead of the kids.  I didn’t even realize that I was listening to the conversation going on behind me until I heard one boy say to the other, “WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE IDEA?”  I literally stopped in my tracks, wheeled around and with what must have been a scary Dad face yelled, “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY!”  He who shall remain unnamed, looked more than a little afraid and then repeated the question, “WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE IDEA?” 

Out of the mouths of babes! This has become my new favorite question.  What is your favorite idea?  I spent some time thinking about this, while sipping on a tumbler of my birthday scotch with the giant ice cubes, which makes me so happy, but I digress.  I came up with no less than 428 ideas that I liked and three that I am truly inspired by.  Except, that really wasn’t the question.  The question was “what is your favorite idea?” not ideas. While I know this may be perceived as a little self-centered, and perhaps it is, yet, my favorite idea is actually, myself.   And I believe that you should be your own favorite idea too.  If you don’t value yourself, who will?  We are an idea incarnate.  What we think creates our world, it creates our bodies, our minds, it compels us to action.  In a nut shell your favorite idea is also known as the life you have lived, are living and will live.  Again, you are your favorite idea! The beauty of this concept is that the more you learn, experience, dream, do, travel, love, build and so on, makes your idea of self, bigger, bolder until you emerge into the grandest version of you.

My friends, it is with an honest heart I can tell you, I’m not excited about more teenage boys in my life, and yes, I know with two teenage girls it goes with the territory.  However, this weekend affirmed a couple of things for me, one being I am always interested in finding a fresh perspective. Even if it’s trying to understand the sheer stupidity of pubescent boys trying to hoodwink me…like I haven’t been where they are now!   It also reminded me that wisdom and insight are all around us if we are looking and open to finding them.  I often say that, “you always find what you are looking for.” And we do. Make sure your map leads you to the treasure you dream of and the adventures you long for. And don’t overlook the children, because sometimes the greatest clues for living your life will come “out of the mouths of babes!”

I’ll close with a quote from Victor Hugo, “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”   The opportunity door is being knocked on, the time is now, the idea is here.  Let “Em In.