A friend reminded me of Steve Job’s “Connecting the Dots” Stanford graduation speech yesterday. She shared, “In hindsight things are 20/20.” I began to reflect on that this morning and started connecting many dots. Have you ever experienced this? Have you ever wonder “why” in your life? Have you ever been blown away in astonishment by making a connection to a previous thing?
This week I spent some time with my grandparents. One night after dinner my grandpa wanted to take us out for a quick ice cream cone at McDonald’s. On our 5 minute drive down the street, it hit me instantly. Maybe you’ve had that feeling where you just met someone and you instantly know “this is the one!” The feeling was similar. It was a feeling of wow “it makes sense… now.”
At the dinner table, before this miraculous McDonald’s run my grandfather shared a story. He shared how when my mom was a kid it would be after dinner and he would say, “Ok kids lets go down the street to Baskin Robbins.”
Fast forward twenty years, I was in 3rd grade and his daughter, my mom, would take me (what seemed like everyday) after school to get an Oreo McFlurry on the way home from school. If I was extra good, we’d go to Dairy Queen and I’d get a Mint Oreo Blizzard!
It was in that 5 minute drive where the dots came together. One of my favorite memories of my mom was that special trip we’d make to McDonalds after school for ice cream. Now, I was making the connection from where it all stemmed from. My grandpa!
What is the thread through all of this? Ice cream!! Sure… but the bigger picture here is love. How my grandfather loved his kids and created memories. Those memories became part of my memories. The dots connected.
What if this ice cream story was a different story? Maybe sometimes you wonder how did I get to where I am today? I’m not sure where you are but what I would suggest is allow yourself time and space for awareness. Allow your mind to be free and allow it to embrace connection. Thoughts become things. I challenge you to uncover why.