JUMP! – Get Unstuck, © 2010, Robert S. Tipton, All Rights Reserved, Alden-Swain Press

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Chapter 10:

What’s Wanting to Happen?

Thursday: Exactly 12:00 p.m. MST
(Franklin Falcon’s Office, Loveland)


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It was exactly 12:00 noon when Ernesto walked into Mr. Falcon’s office.

He looked different than Ernesto had remembered.

The Franklin Falcon he had met as a fifth-grader was an imposing person—not tall, not muscular—but nonetheless big in an energy-related way. He radiated. He was the embodiment of passion. The man Ernesto saw before him that day was not, at least not at first appearance. Franklin Falcon, however, was a survivor, and his slumped frame and weary eyes transformed as he regarded Ernesto standing in the doorway of his office. Rising to his feet, the glow in his face a mask to the stress underneath, he strode to meet Ernesto and embraced him in his characteristic “kiss on each cheek, and then a vigorous two-handed handshake designed to test the connecting tissues in every joint between your wrist and waist” manner. Just meeting the man for the first time put one on notice that you were in for an experience, not simply an interchange between two people.

Again, the thought of Mr. Falcon ultimately being a survivor reconnected Ernesto with his own past. As such, more images from his time in Iceland materialized, and the trials he’d experienced started flowing through him again. The fact that it was snowing hard today brought even more power to his memories of surviving LangjÖkull Glacier. The key to his survival? Adapting as quickly as possible to his new situation. The past was just that—the past. Ernesto had to look around, understand, and accept his new
situation—and then establish ways in which he would be able to succeed.

Now. Here. Not back home in Chicago; not even in his hotel room at the FosshÓtel in Reykholt. Mr. Falcon’s greeting snapped him back to the present.

“Ernesto. How wonderful it is to see you again! When Betty told me that you’d asked to meet with me today, I have to admit I was surprised—and thrilled.”

“Mr. Falcon, it’s so good to be here. I’m glad you were able to meet with me, particularly given the fact you’ll be headed out of town shortly for an extended vacation.”

Franklin’s eyes shifted slightly to the right and down, breaking contact with Ernesto’s. An awkward silence ensued, the first of several they would endure over the next few days. Stammering something about lunch, Ernesto looked at his watch and said, “Betty made reservations at the Black Steer; she said it was one of your favorites. We probably ought to get moving; the weather isn’t the best today.” Normally it would be only a ten-minute walk from Falcon’s offices to the restaurant, but the blowing snow made walking unappealing. “I can drive. My car is still warm from the trip up from Denver.”

“Oh, yes. Well . . . that would be nice. Thank you.”

Ernesto put the Toyota into gear and slowly backed out of the visitor’s space. His mind was “pinballing” through the various questions he’d mentally prepared to ask Mr. Falcon, but he found he couldn’t sort out the best opening question. Instead of trying to force the “right” question to come, he decided to trust his instincts, to open himself up to “what wants to happen,” and to stop pushing forward on what he thought “should” happen. This was another of the key lessons he had learned in Iceland: to quit trying to “make” things happen. Instead, look around, open yourself up, and focus on what wants to happen. If you do that, you can make plans that have a far better chance of actually succeeding. This thought calmed him.

They drove in silence, found a parking space on the street in front of the Black Steer, and made their way into the restaurant.
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