Today after work I had a meeting with the CEO of a major company. To be honest, I didn't want to go. It was late, I was tired, and business planning is totally not my idea of a good time. I have a job to do, though, so there wasn't any other option. I walked into the office where we had the meeting, and my entire opinion changed. The view from the meeting area was of Central Park. I had a view of the entire park, full of people running on the paths, yellow taxi cabs driving by, horses trotting along. I thought about all the hundreds of people in that park, some in love with the trails, some hating the run they were on, some reading their favorite book, some cramming before their night class. Right below me, people were living their lives whether they were enjoying every second of their time or not.
My colleagues and I met with this man while taking in the scenery and I couldn't help but think of how much I would have missed had I headed straight home to watch another rerun of Law and Order. The man had an incredibly open mind and welcomed our organization. He had stories to share and advice to give. It was a great meeting, but more than that, it was a wonderful experience. You never know where life is going to take you, but sometimes, the ride is more than worth it.