Are you slumped in your seat as you read this column? Are you leaning forward or sitting back in your chair? Are you excited because it''s spring, or are you dejected about all the work you have to do? Can you remember a time when your excitement literally had you on the edge of your seat, leaning forward, eagerly anticipating what might be coming next? Spring is a time we associate with new growth. Picture a little flower in a meadow, leaning forward, stretching towards the sun, trying to grow. The flower eagerly soaks up every bit of the sun it can get, trying to grow and expand.

I think this is how we should treat our lives and our careers. Lean forward, soak it all in, and try to grow! There have been times in my career when I’ve been in a less-than-motivated state. I felt slow and lethargic as I would trudge through my day. I’d sit low in my chair, slouching so poorly that I could literally hear the chiropractor counting his money across town. I would spend my day leaning back, waiting for stuff to come to me.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live my life or my career with this attitude. I want to go to work excited, eager to see what’s coming around the next corner. I want to live my life sitting on the edge of my seat, leaning forward, soaking it all in, and trying to grow!

I think we can embrace this attitude with a slight adjustment in our perception. We have to realize that the world is changing and growing with or without us. The sun will shine, and the meadows will grow with or without that little flower. Are you coming along for the ride or not? Will you rise above the others as you grow?

I’m a firm believer in embracing new technology and concepts such as liquefied natural gas (LNG). This month’s General Meeting speaker, John Morgan, John M. Campbell & Co., will present some business and technical considerations for LNG operations—the future of natural gas. LNG is “the next big thing” in helping to meet the world’s future energy needs. It will make a huge impact on our economy and our industry. If you’ve buried your head behind your e-mails, slumped in your chair, thinking you can avoid this topic, you probably can. But I promise that the industry around you is soaking up the discussion and growing without you. This month, our Facilities and Construction Study Group is hosting a workshop on LNG. I encourage you to attend.

I recommend you lean forward and learn about new technologies and trends in our industry so you can grow. SPE works hard to help our industry grow through the dissemination of technology. You should take advantage of your SPE membership and the affordable, high-quality technical and professional programs available to you every month.

Lean forward and grow.