Homecoming – the Way Things Were

Tony the Tiger in the Homecoming Parade – Olivet Nazarene University circa 1983

I hate to even admit it but it’s been 30 years since I graduated from my alma mater! 30 years! I remember thinking, while I was in college, that all these people coming back to homecoming, class of such and such, were OLD people! Now that I’m here . . .

I know it’s called “Homecoming” but it almost seems like homegoing, going, going . . .

IF WE TRY TO REST ON OUR LAURELS, WE WILL BE SORELY DISAPPOINTED; OUR LAURELS HAVE WILTED.

Who was the genius who thought it would be a good idea to get people to go back to days gone by when they’re more wrinkled, fatter, and balder?  And the foggy brain syndrome! To remember names of people we knew umpteen years before is more challenging than those chem exams! Thank goodness for name tags!

OK, I’m sounding very grouchy at the moment. My apologies.  I just want to go back to the way it was!

Here’s the point. We go back to our alma mater thinking the “back in the day” days will magically reappear through the people and places where we made all those great memories to begin with. Instead, we are met with grandparents and renovated buildings we no longer recognize having been converted to accommodate the booming student population.

My question is . . .  what do we expect? Time marches on my friend. And it is no respecter of persons. Have you seen Obama lately?

. . . IN BUSINESS AND LIFE, THERE IS NO ‘HOMECOMING’ – ONLY MOVING FORWARD.

In life or business, we tend to do that same thing. We create, generate, and propagate, thinking “We’ve got it!” – for all of time. But then we look up and realize, things have changed! If we try to rest on our laurels, we will be sorely disappointed; our laurels have wilted (or fallen from gravity:).

Keep yourself from holding on to what worked in the past because, in business and life, there is no “homecoming” – only moving forward.

How DO  you stay in the now? How DO you stay relevant? How WILL you “bring it” today?

Stay fresh, my friend.


The author, third down from the right, on Homecoming Court, circa 1983.
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