I sat in a small meeting room with white blank walls, crammed around a conference room table with several managers in a former job when I first heard the line. It came from a bald, beady-eyed bureaucrat, “Well this could be a rocking chair moment.”
I paused and assumed I knew what he meant but had to clarify, just to be sure. “What is a rocking chair moment?” I asked.
The bald, beady-eyed bureaucrat seemed to sit up straighter and proudly proclaimed, “Why it is a moment that defines who you are, your career, the moment you will talk about in a retirement home, in your rocking chair.”
I probably should have stayed quiet but I looked him straight into his gleaming beady eyes and said, “None of my rocking chair moments will happen within these white walls. My rocking chair moments come from my family.”
We can define our rocking chair moments. We don’t have to let others define them for us. My husband and I have made career and lifestyle changes that have involved risk and commitments to ensure our rocking chair moments are family focused and not based on accolades from a corporation.We love our industries, business and achieving goals.
But our rocking chair moments?
Our rocking chair moments come from our children, the experiences we have with them along with our extended family and friends. These are the moments we will sit back and reminisce about someday we hope. Today, our girls were not feeling well most of the day with fevers but for a short moment with the aid of Tylenol, we were able to all be in the barley fields, waiting for it to dry down just a bit more before being harvested. My parents, three siblings, their spouses and our friends that work on the farm were all there. My sister captured the above picture of my husband, Nathan and me along with our three children, Hunter, Anika and Elizabeth.
This was a rocking chair moment.
What is a rocking chair moment in your life?