Sixties was the decade when the HR Doctors life path was
molded. This "sculpting" included commitments to public
service, learning, growing as an individual, having fun and
being fundamentally optimistic about the world.
fact, the essential societywide optimism of the 1960s may be
the greatest feature of that wonderful time. It was a time of
the setting of grand visions by articulate guides such as Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and John. F. Kennedy. It was a time of
triumphs, such as a lunar landing, and the horrific tragedies
of a presidential assassination and an escalating war. High
drama mixed with spiritual renewal and personal maturing; it
was an exciting time full of hopes, dreams and eager
Well, the HR Doctor is about to
have a birthday which will take him again into the decade of
the 60s, this time on a more personal aging level. It is
birthday party time and you are all invited!
Feb. 11, the family will have a 90th birthday party! This
author will turn 60 and the beautiful HR Daughter and County
Administrative Manager Elyse will be 30. It will again be a
time for joy, optimism and fun. It will set out a boundary
marker, challenging me personally to reinforce personal goals
and expand or stretch them to reach that glorious three-way
intersection where opportunity meets anticipation and
party will have music, fun and friends. We are asking that
guests not bring personal gifts (on the perhaps incorrect
assumption that they would anyway!) but, instead bring checks
made out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We want our birthday
to be a legacy, to bring smiles to the faces of seriously ill
children. Phrased another way, a time of personal joy and
celebration is enriched when it is designed to encompass
others and bring smiles to the faces of others.
Come celebrate with us by "
returning to those thrilling days of yesteryear" when a vision
of the world that emphasized the "could be" instead of the
"is" seemed to be everywhere. That past version of the Sixties
is history, as one unknown commentator once phrased it. The
future is a mystery to be shaped and carefully unwrapped by
our own commitments and the way we live our lives. That leaves
only what exists at the moment. The here and now is perhaps
the most exciting time of all, if we apply our energies
creatively and joyfully. Could that be why it is known as the
matter how old you are as you read this article, know that you
can take a lesson from the poet William Ernest Henley: be the
master of your own fate and the captain of your own soul, at
work and at home.