Eleven more days until I run in Disneyland's Tinkerbell Half Marathon. It will be my third, and won't be my last. My goal is to run at least 6 this year.
I've really been looking forward to the Tinker Bell Half...My obsession with Disneyland is unrelenting, and let's face it, no one does it like Disney does it.
What is it that is so captivating...even as an adult? It's the same reason that we pay $5 for a coffee at Starbucks.
It's the presentation, the delivery, the ambiance...it's the Experience.
It was the beginning of December, and it was pouring rain. Dylan and I ventured out together for some local errands. I knew Christmas had arrived at Starbucks, and I was determined to stop in. Wild horses couldn't have stopped me.
We hustled in through the rain and found ourselves in the warmth and intoxicating smells of freshly made coffee and cookies. Holiday tunes were playing, and the shelves were decked out in red and gold. We waited in a very long line. We didn't care. I was head over heels for pumpkin spice, and Dylan was salivating thinking about his big snowman sugar cookie. We found a couple seats by a window and smiled with delight at each other. The wind was blowing outside, and brightly colored fall leaves danced in the street. It was perfect. The successful coffee empire helped to create this moment for us.
We don't mind the wait times and ignore the cost...We love the way it makes us feel.
Disney sits in this same Forbes classroom. Even if I imagine how wonderful my race weekend will be, Disney will top it. The Disney experience is like no other. Wishing on stars, tomorrowland, Adventureland...it's all about dreams and making them come true.
I love everything it stands for.
Most of us are drawn to businesses and people that create this positive experience.
How many people do you know that make you feel like this when you're around them? Do you do it for others?
Creating the experience for others can be even more rewarding.
It's happiness. It is effortless and genuine.
Whether it is in a cup, a parade, or a friend's face, it is magical.