Ten. It’s just a number, isn’t it? The concept of “ten” may mean a little bit, or it may mean a lot. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a number. We need to provide some context in order to evoke scale and emotion. That context can make the number “ten” significant, minuscule, or something in between.

I contend that it’s not what any of us were doing at any particular moment ten years ago that matters. Rather, it’s what we’ve done since then that we should quietly ponder. Right now (seriously, RIGHT NOW) look back at your life over the past ten of any particular time unit – days, weeks, months, years, whatever. If you don’t see that you’ve both accomplished something significant and made yourself better in some definable way, then you need to try harder. We as a society need to start paying better attention to that barometer of progress. We as a society definitely need to try harder to make progress.

Me? Ten years ago today, I went to work. And ten years ago tomorrow? I went to work then, too. I went to work a lot over the past ten years, too. (Of course, so have a whole lot of other people.) Exactly where doesn’t really matter in this post. Exactly what I was doing doesn’t matter, either. I, and the people that knew me during that time, know the answers to those questions, and they’re the ones to whom it matters. We each had something to do, and in some way, shape, or form, we each did our part.

What have you done lately?

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