Today in DC, Washingtonians experienced a rare, and awe-inspiring treat – the Shuttle Discovery (from my childhood) was flown, piggy-back on a 747, over our nation’s Capitol before arriving at its final destination in the Smithsonian.
Many of my Facebook friends were able to witness this event and uploaded pictures. My news feed was crammed with pics, comments and reflections on the inspiration this shuttle has had on all of us. For some it’s the remembrance of America innovating during a Cold War, for others it’s the mystery of what is out there yet to discover.
Every time I watch Star Trek (which, yes, is often :P) I am reminded of an ideal view of the future that Roddenberry had – a future where the world was united and at peact. A world focused on one goal – to expand it’s knowledge and appreciation of life everywhere and to evolve as a species to the next level. Whatever that level would be.
The only way that future has a chance, is to focus on outcomes, not tactics. Good tactics are born from a relentless focus on results.
Since JFK took us to the moon, I’m reminded today of Kennedy’s quote: “For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”