It all starts with the first sun-tanned days and sultry nights. That exuberant sense of wonderment, of infinite opportunity, of romance and playful freedom that is carried along in the joyous aroma of summer. Of a summer about to bloom. Of one stretching out as far as the eye can see, making everything seem possible and perfect.
At some point in all of our lives, a love is mixed into the brew. We meet, fuse our bodies under the Milky Way, kiss on the beach with an exhilaration cast under the spell only June, July and August can radiate. We swear it is forever. We are convinced it is undying love.
In most cases, it is cold and withered when the last lifeguard leaves the beach. It may endure, of course, but in love, business, all of life, I am always mindful of Isaac Newton, specifically his law of science\love\commerce that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
As the summer moon transitions through its strawberry phases, the champagne exuberance of Memorial Day gives way to revelations that the perfect love is hardly without flaw. The business relationship that would be a heady and seamless collaboration is just another partnership frayed around the edges. What begins with an explosive sense of perfection, of absolute ecstasy, is almost always headed for a head-on collision with the high speed roller coaster of life.
Given this reality, what do we do? Refrain from the joy based on the knowledge that it is likely fleeting? That it may morph before our hearts and minds into pain, disallusionment or even sorrow? Of course not. To do so is to reject life outright, for it is always a ride that– if we are willing to embrace it with arms and hearts wide open– gives us far more than it takes.
At first pain\loss\defeat, losers recoil to the illusion of a safety zone. The winners, the adventurers, greet another summer with the highest expectations and go back into business convinced this time they will succeed.
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