Started reading Gordon MacDonald’s Mid-Course Correction tonight. He talks about “vital optimism” and how reality comes along and chips away at the myth and erode our dreams, until…

From living life built on great expectations, we gravitate toward a life built on little more than obligation.

He includes this poem from Ed Sissman…

Men past forty

Get up nights

Look out at city lights

And wonder why life is so long

And where they made the wrong turn.

It is a tough and dangerous thing to get to that place where the optimism ends, never to be recovered.