Don’t Miss Your 2017 Defining Moments

Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick
January 4, 2017

2017’s New Year Message

Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

Wendy and I were watching a sappy Hallmark Channel T.V. movie the other night about an orange cat bringing together two unlikely people to form a beautiful new relationship.

It was fun to watch, but a line in the movie really struck me. As the attractive female veterinarian was having lunch with the handsome young firefighter, she asked him, “What have been the defining moments in your life?” Wow. Talk about the fast track to get to know someone. 

After clearing away the blank look on his face, he told a brief story of a firefighter crashing through the window of his bedroom when he was seven years old to save his life. 

After the movie was over, I thought about how I would answer that question. What are my defining moments? But first I had to figure out what a defining moment was. As near as I can tell, it is an event in our life that marks us. It lays down internal wires that change us internally and provides the catalyst to take a new direction in our lives.

When I was 5, I hit a baseball, which my dad pitched to me, over our backyard fence. It was the first time I remember him saying, “I’m proud of you.” I sought to hear those words again for decades. I remember in my adult life the first time I heard my dad speak on the four levels. Look at what that event has done to change my life. 

What does this all have to do with 2017? I suspect and hope that there will be one or more defining moments in my life. My challenge is to make sure I don’t miss them and to do something positive as a result of my new internal wiring. 

My encouragement for you is to live 2017 with tenderness towards others and boldness for your mission. Put yourself in positions to have good things come your way. Then, listen and watch for those surprises – those defining moments. Some are in-your-face obvious, and others are as subtle as a soft spring shower. Best wishes and a happy life-changing new year.

Jim Kirkpatrick

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Your 2016 Moment of Truth is ComingCreate Your Own Moments of Opportunity in 2016Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level
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