In December, I was given a copy of Dan Brown’s novel, Deception Point. In it a NASA satellite which discovers a “rare object buried in the Arctic ice, the floundering space angency proclaims a much needed victory.” I’ve not read any of his previous work which includes Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.
The author’s note read, ” The Delta Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Space Frontier Foundation are real organizations are real. All technologies describe in this novel exist. Delta force, Space Frontier Foundation (whose board I serve on), and NASA. Intriguing.
Without spoiling the story, I discovered out that the Space Frontier Foundation is part of a conspiracy. Awesome! I found myself grinning knowing that I was part of this foundation. Sorry to disappoint everyone, but this foundation is a really more of a conspiracy for good. Opening the space frontier might not be a mainstream idea yet, but we’re certainly not trying to hide in the shadows. The group could actually benefit from having more exposure. It was fun though to pretend that I was part of the story.
Have you ever placed yourself in a story whether it was a movie, book, or somewhere else? I found that imagining myself buried in the pages of the story useful to identify ways I might handle the situation depicted by the author.
One extension of this idea might be to imagine a potential challenge and visualize how you might behave, react, think about that situation. For example, what if you learned you needed a life saving tomorrow and had no money to pay for it. What would you do right now – today?
Do you live your life with a sense of urgency today that helps move you closer to your goals and aspirations? When I’m working through a day where lack of focus, frustration etc are significant obstacles, I’ll imagine that I have a mission critical deadline the next day or something that might be even more urgent. Even though it’s imaginary, it redirects my attention to what is important. Important today could be exercising, playing with more your children, or writing down what you really, really want in life.
The main characters in Deception Point at various points in the story must make decisions which directly test their own respective, internal compasses. Rachel Sexton, the lead characters, is a federal government employee is stuck in the middle to decide if her allegiance is fixed to a sitting President of the United States, her father a powerful sitting Senator, her boss who heads a powerful agency, or to the truth no matter what the cost.
When you face the big questions, how do you hold up and what do you do? Do you take on the challenge, run for nearest cave, or simply look up hoping an answer will fall on you?
We all face challenges, hurdles, and speed-bumps, that seem to keep us from reaching our highest orbit. It sounds hackneyed, but it really is how we approach the perceived challenges.
I will be hosting a teleconference soon where we’ll discuss ways to overcome some of these hurdles. If you’d like to be kept in the loop, make some digital magic happen here.
The Space Frontier Foundation which takes on a fictional role in the book affixed their own page in the front of the book which read,
The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.
Our goals include protecting the Earth’s fragile biosphere and creating a freer more priopserous life for each generatioin by unsin ghte unlimited energy and materail resources of space.
Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprese and lead a united humanity into the Solar System.