I don’t know what measure people use to decide whether they have had a good day or not is, but I do know what I use to measure mine. My measure is different than it once was. I used to think that a good day was a day that involved lots of fun. While I still believe that to be the case, I know that my measure has evolved.
A good day can be altered in a flash with a phone call, a smile or some other act of daily living. A good day might be a day in which very little happens except perhaps a good book and a few cups of iced tea on a beach somewhere or it could mean a day where a desired project is finally completed. There is one thing that I have learned as the years go by and that is that doing good almost always makes you feel good.
Working with good people also can be the thing that makes every day a little better. If you have a team made up of individuals who respect one another’s talents and who give that respect back in return, the results can be stellar. Over the past few days, all the people who have worked on the museum have had one thing in common. They all wanted to get the museum done, but not just done…they wanted to get it done right. I have the pleasure of knowing Sharon Anderson, Robin Lowe-Irwin and some of the others who worked tirelessly on the museum and I have to admit they are exactly the kind of people our community needs and then some. They are like magnets and they draw in more like-minded people. Some people make others do better, be better and want more from themselves. Robin and Sharon do that, but it wasn’t just them.
Robin brought in her talented husband Oscar who is used to working magic on a production set. Tip Anderson donated a cabin and lots of expert advice. The contractors did their best because they wanted to. Lyle Thomas did his best to get the project completed with limited funds and it was because of many people with big hearts and that can-do spirit that is happened. They took great pride in the museum and it shows. When a good example is set, it is hard not to follow suit. It is because of the heart and soul each person put into the project right through from the museum board members that it came out small scale world class.
Bob Wicks gave due thanks to all museum creators past and present and he kept on saying world class and he meant it. His vision was not just his vision, but a vision that became a belief that became real. If any of you have ever read the book “The Secret” you know it is all about positive thinking and how positive thinking can move mountains and make things you can’t always see right through just yet in your imagination become even more. The museum has become one of those.
When you fill a project with passionate people who care, the universe shifts for them. Positive thinking turns a pile of rust into a mountain of treasures. Our museum is a treasure built by people who are treasures.