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Contemplating Life’s Rhythms


I’m taking a few days off to recharge my batteries and freshen the brain before we jump into the hectic fall routine of deadlines, conferences, and budget planning.

Here in Washington, daytime temperatures are barely in the 70s, and the nights are dipping into the 50s. Without even looking at the calendar, I can sense we’ve moved into September. School buses are back on the road in morning rush hour. The hordes of tourists posing for pictures in front of the White House, down the street from our offices, are beginning to dwindle. My backyard is sprinkled with fallen leaves.

“Changing of the seasons.” I’ve always liked that term. It suggests a certain predictability, the dependable rhythms of life. The heat and humidity of summer ultimately give way to the coolness and color of the fall. It happens every year. And yet there is change too. Things don’t stay the same. That’s what makes life so interesting.

Here are my resolutions for this weekend: Enjoy friends and family. Take special notice of my surroundings—the color in trees, the nighttime skies with a full moon, the graceful shape of a front porch. Bicycle every day.

And when I come back next Tuesday? I’ll think about that later.

Bob.jpgThe preceding is a guest post Bob Ottenhoff,  Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. With an entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus, and a quest to make an impact in the world, Bob has the ability to take an organization and lead it into strong performance, sustainability, and industry leadership.

Topics: Just Because Washington DC