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Chapter 5: Bob’s Collision with Reality
Bob hung up the phone and stared at the line-two button. The light was out; the call was over. He sank deeply into one of the plush conference room chairs, rocked backward, let his head fall back and stared at the ceiling for a moment. Then, he leaned forward and put his elbows on his knees, his face in his hands, and began talking to his outrageously expensive shoes.
“This is unbelievable. I can’t believe this is actually happening!”
“How am I going to tell my family?”
“What will I do about the houses and the cars and the kids’ private schools? What will I do about everything?”
Had he looked out the window, he would have noticed a gleaming Gulfstream jet on its ascent and heading west, away from him, over the Pacific.
End Chapter 5
Main takeaway: If you refuse to pursue a new adventure in life when it is time for you to do so, you will usually experience one of two things: your current world as you know it will “dry up”, become boring and you will feel a sense of restlessness (and many of the other feelings that Bob experienced in the first chapter) or, the world will somehow find a way to kick you off your current path and force you to embark on the new adventure that is meant for you.
- Have you every felt that your “spiritual or psychological center of gravity” has been, or is being, transferred to a new place and that it’s time for you to try something new, or do something differently?
- Have you ever felt, “Is that all there is?”
- Of the four following emotions: joy, sadness, anger and fear – which do you experience most often when considering your career, marriage, important relationships, and life in general? What are these emotions telling you about these various “adventures” in life?
- What new adventures are on your horizon, or in your near future?
- What adventures are long overdue?
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