On bugs, sense of purpose and our hopes for #RETSO

Where we live, we have these bizarre grasshopper-like creatures that climb out from their nests in the ground during the last week of March.  These buggers go from itty bitty nothings to grown up and flight-capable in a span of the journey through a few inches of soil.  They spend the rest of their short life-cycles making themselves pretty with brilliant colours to acquire a mate and make other itty bitty nothings that will come out in March of next year.  Watching these little critters alight on a specific plant, deliberately, knowingly – as if they’d been doing just that their whole lives got me thinking on the power of the sense of purpose; at least when it’s based on a biological imperative, one they can’t be deviated from, one that seems to be hard-wired.  I wonder, if we ripped out their plants by next year and replaced them with something else, would they still hatch in our yard?  Would they care that their world has changed, or still manage to pull through?  Better yet, if we planted some brightly coloured sweet-smelling flowers next to their plants, would they get distracted from their path?

My weird bugs and their lifecycle, photos by Jon Hardison

Sometimes I think we are alive for far too long not to forget that our time is finite.  It always seems that there are too many tomorrows waiting patiently for us to make up our minds about who we are supposed to be, or what we are supposed to do.  Which branch are we supposed to alight on that will feel just right?

At almost 40, I am realizing I have no idea where that branch is for me.  Sure there are a few things I know with certainty – I am still in love with my husband, and we have amazing kids.  I also know that I genuinely enjoy what I do for a living.  And yet, what if my life cycle just got shorter?  I don’t have a bucket list.  I feel far too young to want to make those kinds of plans.  I am also realizing lately that I am not as brave as I once was.

There are a few projects out that have been in various stages of development for a while now (for us, not our clients), and yet never quite got to see the light of day.  A few ideas that demanded that we take the plunge and execute and release to the world, but I’m finding we are easily stuck at each of the many “what if’s” that inevitably arise with any new venture.

In a few days, we get to go to #RETSO where we’ll meet some amazing people face to face for the first time.  I am hoping that drinking at the well of their collective wisdom will point a bit more clearly to that all elusive branch for hubby (and my business partner) and I.  I am hoping, too, that we’ll have the courage to take the leap.

Have you found your branch?

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3 Responses to On bugs, sense of purpose and our hopes for #RETSO
  1. Debbie Kirkland
    April 12, 2012 | 12:33 am

    This is a very special conference. It was the Tipping point of all the changes I made I my business four years ago. The relationships made here with like-minded, and brilliant people set the bar for where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to do with my business. Saw you tonight, but you were busy, will look for you the next two days.

  2. Inna Hardison
    April 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    Carol – I’d never doubt the existence of soul in any circles:-) Thank you for your kind words though and I definitely find me at RETSO. I’m easy to spot (with an almost shaved head and all):-)

  3. Carol Farrar
    April 10, 2012 | 1:28 am

    Inna, you are proof that soul still & will always exist in this realm…called Real Estate. I look forward to meeting & conversing with you this week.

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