5 Years on the Road

This fall marks the fifth year that I’ve been “a road guy.”  A speaker who is turning in to something else along the way.  A sales trainer who is a teacher at heart.  A writer who catches the odd moment to do this.  Eventually you start to lose track of all the places you’ve been.  And I don’t want to do this.  These cities and these lives, these friends of mine are all a part of who I am.  So I made a short list of the cities I’ve visited after half a decade of travelling.  Half a decade…

Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Salem, Sacramento, LA, San Diego, Tucson, Yuma, Phoenix, Vegas, Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Salt Lake, Denver, Albequerque (sp), Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Birmingham, Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Columbus, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany…

And these are just the “major cities.”  There’s another glut of small cities.  Duluth.  Norcross. The Delles.  Addison.  And on and on.  It’s something to reflect on.  How you or I spend our days and what we do with the limited time we’ve been blessed with.  That sounds a little skeptical.  Or airy.  Maybe even negative.  But it’s not.  Because I’ve come to a beautiful conclusion. After all this time in all these cities and in all the hotels or bars or restaurants or airports.  We are, all of us, very much the same.  We all want very similar things.  I’m not talking about homes or cars.  Bigger things than that.  Security.  Peace.  Certainty.  Love.  Especially Love.  It doesn’t matter where I’ve been.  Nor does it matter whom I’ve had the absolute honor to work with.  Transcendent aspirations hold us all together in a subtle, glowing web that continues to grow and expand and break and mend itself in new and amazing patterns.

All of these cities, all of these people, all of these lives.  All of the thousands of lives that have made such a tremendously positive impact on me, albeit briefly, compound upon each other.  Not to the point of being indistinct.  But like stars or clouds, they are closer and then distant at the same time without ever leaving the same sky.  To all of you, thank you.  See you down the road…

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