Gold Rush Days is a weekend-long event held in historic Old Sacramento with lots of vendors, Old West-themed events (both historic and anachronistic) and more. The streets are closed to motor vehicle traffic and covered with literally tons of dirt.
We also went on a wagon ride, saw a plethora Gold Rush era reenactors, visited the old historic school house, ate some delicious food and met some terrific people. On the wagon ride we were passing in front of the cannon when it was fired. Okay, it was about 100 yards away but it was still extremely loud and startled more than a few people, including my daughter! Over all, however, the day was a great success.
I want to give a special shout out to some first class business owners we met:
- Danny at Danny’s Mini Donuts for awesome donuts and pies.
- Malcolm at The Penny Farthing for great conversation (about the meaning of “penny farthing,” opals, and wonderful antiques).
- Annie Oakley (cousin of Dilly Dally the Clown) for the exquisite balloon horse.
- Lisa at Chefs Olive Mix (also on Facebook) for outstanding customer service and the most amazing flavored balsamic and olive oil on the planet!
One of the things I took away from the day was how much our society has changed in just over 100 years and yet how little human beings have changed in terms of our psychology. In the Gold Rush era letters were carried by stagecoach (and later by young men on horseback) over thousands of miles, only to be replaced by the telegraph.
Today we can instantly communicate with people on the other side of the world via video teleconferencing. Despite advances in technology, however, people today still deal with the same mental and emotional struggles as their ancestors. Doubt, fear, and self-confidence still rob people of the success they deserve. In some ways technology actually exacerbates the problem. We’re bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information, most of it negative and intended to instill artificial expectations and shape our beliefs as consumers.
At the same time, however, we can use technology to our advantage. If we decide to focus on the positive and engage in personal growth, our resources are virtually limitless, especially in contrast to the days reenacted during the Gold Rush Days. We still maintain the ability to choose what we allow into our minds. We can limit our TV viewing, reading, music and other media to those things that will enrich our lives…if we choose to. We’re closer than ever before, despite any distance between us, yet we can still choose who we associate with. There are more choices to be made today than ever before but they are still our choices to make.
Proverbs 4:23 cautions us to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Choose carefully what you expose your mind – and your heart – to. You are the final arbiter of what you watch, read, listen to and who you associate with. These are the things that will affect your beliefs more than anything else.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Enjoy your family and enjoy your life. And above all else, guard your heart.
Originally published on JoinMeForSuccess.com