X S

I am 54 years old and have been lucky to visit Ketchum, Idaho at some point during each one of those years.  This is some of the most beautiful country in the world nestled between several amazing mountain ranges.  This state has 30 mountain peaks that exceed 10,000 ft and most of them are within 75 miles of this lovely community.  The place has world class skiing and endless hiking and biking trails for summer usage.

It is also home to some ridiculous excess.  There are currently 165 homes for sale with price tags of $2M and up.  For a cool $19.5M, you can have 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 15,000 feet, and 12 acres.  While hiking and biking in the area I see so much new construction that one would think there was nothing for sale.  On July 10, 400 of the richest business moguls will arrive, one plane at a time, for the annual Allen and Company conference.  There are so many jets, that the tier two of the tier one have to park their rides in Twin Falls or Boise.  Can you imagine the shame?  There is surely someone moping because they have a plane, but did not get the golden ticket invitation.  Perhaps they will make the cut next year.  Yesterday, I read a story about Floyd Mayweather dropping $18M so the “billionaire watch” can bling on his wrist.

I am not opposed to people having nice things nor do I believe that my life is bad because someone else has more material success than me.  I just wish that people would use their stuff instead of collecting stuff.  When I ride my mountain bike I see empty house after empty house.    Most of the activity is usually lawn maintenance crews, window cleaners, or security.   Many homes are swarmed by contractors making something better.  Shinier.  During the big dog conference, there will be over $15B of private aircraft sitting idle and gathering pollen on the various Idaho runways.  After four days of rest, they will return to their next resting spots.

A good friend of mine has some excess space in this community and he rents it to me for $30 per night.  We all have some type of excess in our lives.  Mine is a rare commodity of time.  I often wonder how I could better use my time to help my friends and family.  My Boise home is often empty during my journeys, so  I am opening the space up to friends.   Teenagers have excess energy and youth.  80 year-olds have excess wisdom.  Try to spend a bit of time today to identify what in your life is excess and how you can better share what others may lack.

After you wring out the X S, you will be one step closer to finding out who you really are….