Pivot Points and Possibilities…

The sun sets on another day…

As the sun set a sailboat sat in calm water, watching, waiting for another moment to ride the wind the evening sky was inviting and full of the promise of a new adventure, only an instant away.

Today’s title will seem perfectly natural if you have ever met me. You see, I believe every day is a potential pivot point that leads to new possibilities. There are thousands of permutations each day that could lead to new life, new adventure, and more. All it takes is a quick second to see where you are going and you are off, another decision means another pivot point in your life.

I have mentioned pivot points a lot in the years. They come up because they are important and of the 1100+ posts I have written there are 5 pivot point posts before today. They are:

Each of these previous posts put some of the questions about pivot points together, but they are part of a much bigger picture. That picture has you in it. Each of your days has pivot points as well, and mine, and his, and hers, and theirs and it goes on and on to a maddening lack of conclusion. For example, I wash my hair each day because of a person in my past who said something about my clean, but unkempt hair. It changed me internally and I did so each day, but perhaps it would have been anyway based on another pivot point, or perhaps not. The “what if” game really doesn’t work very well when things are so complex.

So what, right?

What does this have to do with sunsets anyway?

Well, obviously nothing. Or maybe everything.

Tonight as I took pictures from at the end of a calm afternoon, I spoke to a few people on the beach. They spoke of the waves the previous day (Yes, that post is here) and we discussed a lot about how the weather changes so quickly, and about how big the waves get. As we did so, they asked and I of course volunteered 29000sunsets to see the picture. After I left I have no idea what happened but I changed the course of events just by being there. They may go to the site and be one of a lot of people, or they may not. They may realize that beach has the most amazing view, as we discussed, or they may not, but the effect I ad on it all is long reaching, and of course, when I was told one of them had visited all the lighthouses in Michigan, I have a few left and may be energized to go see them. 

Of more interest is the help we give random people. Say you are a teacher, or a coach, or a director, or something in the schools. You touch the lives of many children, how have you created pivot points for each? Are they positive where the now adults come to you and thank you, or negative in some way? Do they remember you with the fondness in their minds that you deserve? Again, an unknown, but something pretty interesting to consider.

Imagine for a moment Sir Nicholas Winton. He saved children during the Holocaust, and how many differences did he make. What did he do for people. you can see the 60 minutes story here.

So, this is a rather long winded post, and in it I want to iterate and reiterate that anyone has an opportunity to be a positive pivot point, do it. If you want to be a negative pivot point, don’t. Be a positive pivot point that shows a new way for even one person in a positive manner. Be that woman who adopts two lonely children and treats them as her own, alone; be that man who rushes into a fire to save someone or the family dog; be that woman who keeps volunteering at school even after her children are grown; serve soup; hand a sandwich to someone hungry; tell a bad joke when someone is down, and be a positive role model for everyone, including yourself. Be that positive pivot point with everyone, no matter what.

Wow, what a blow hard.

So as the sun sets on another day, perhaps I have wasted your time. Perhaps I am just posting to post, or talking out of talking, but maybe I am trying to be a positive pivot point as well, to anyone who reads, and maybe to myself. If each day is an adventure, have that adventure, show yourself a new positive way, and if you can, take someone with you. (Why not?)

Sleep sweet, love life, and pivot away…


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