January in Pasadena is cold! Temperatures hung in the 30s for the parade. NBC’s broadcast studio is in the background.
Increased security caused parade-watchers to rise well before dawn and walk several miles beyond multiple barricades. Excitement rose with the sun as strangers from all across the land huddled together in the spirit of anticipation. “This is my fourth year in a row,” the woman next to me from Indianapolis said. “I haven’t missed one for 62 years,” the man sitting in front of her bragged.
We didn’t keep score
Even though the Iowa Hawkeyes suffered in defeat, we didn’t count the touchdowns or the miles we walked through the streets of Pasadena. Our alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College, will never get to the Rose Bowl. So we decide to “represent” the Gusties all day…just for fun.
The experience was everything we hoped. It was joyful. Invigorating. Exciting. A bucket-list celebration for the ages, and we are grateful.
Good leaders balance the humility of servanthood with the joy of living a good life. And they spread positivity by savoring every moment that feels wonderful to be alive.
Please share with me: what are you celebrating today?