Tina Lewis Rowe

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Make Your Predictions For 2011 And Beyond

John Waterhouse-The Crystal BallWhat Do You Predict For The Coming Year? Five Years? Decade?

Try this as an interesting activity for yourself and your friends and family: Give them paper and an envelope (fancy paper is fun but not necessary). Have them write predictions for themselves, others, the country, the world or anything else they want to predict about. You may want to limit the time allowed to develop predictions (that tends to keep it a bit more light-hearted and less somber work). Then, have them seal the envelopes for opening a year from now or longer.

For a real test of patience, suggest they give the envelopes to you to be returned five or even ten years from now. That might seem too long, but if you can manage to resist the temptation to open them early, you’ll enjoy them tremendously later–although they may create some melancholy as well. I know that for a fact.

Predictions made in 1971: In 1971, Detective Ed O’Dea, Detective Rand Hendrickson and I were talking about what we thought would happen in the future. Ed had a rather dismal view (he was a nice man but pessimistic about everything) and I said he would be wrong. So, we wrote our predictions for 2001 and I said I would keep the envelope. I honestly hadn’t expected to keep it. I think all of us thought of it as a joke for the moment.

Sadly, both Ed and Rand passed away long before 2001–Ed of a heart attack and Rand from a brain tumor. But I still kept the envelope and I didn’t open it until mid-January, 2001. 

Ed’s predictions: These were based on his feelings about how the country was going to heck with all the Hippies taking over Denver and the rest of the country. “By 2001 the United States will have gone the opposite of now and we will have a police state with lower crime rates, more prisons and more respect (fear) for authority. It will be bad for the country, but it’s because of what we’re allowing now. Also, I predict Steve Kern will be Chief of Police by 2001.” 

(Steve Kern was a detective who worked with us. He became a Division Chief and was a fine man always, but he didn’t become the Chief.)

Rand’s predictions: “I’ll be retired by then so I won’t care what is happening on the DPD. I’ll retire as a Lieutenant and move to the mountains. I think  the U.S. will still be fighting in Viet Nam until 1980, then have to leave without winning.  I predict all cars will be electric by 2001.”

(Rand became a sergeant before he left the police department in the 1980s to work in another career.)

My predictions: “By 2001 I’ll be having fun somewhere, probably in Arizona. I’ll have a successful career here and make rank, then write about my experiences. Denver will double in population. Mike O’Neill will be the Chief of Police by 1990.”

(Mike O’Neill became a Division Chief and certainly would have been a great Chief of Police, but didn’t get to that spot. Denver is still in the 500K range in population. I’m not in Arizona, and although my life is satisfying, it’s not “fun” as I envisioned it then.)

Predictions for 2011 and beyond: I’m sorry to say none of our predictions were cosmic in significance–although that is partly because we literally jotted them down in a few seconds on a scrap of paper. Tomorrow I’m going to take the time to make some personal and non-personal predictions and put more thought into them than I did in 1971.

Give that a try for yourself–and get your family and friends involved. Each person can keep their own envelopes or someone else can be designated as the keeper. I’m glad Ed and Rand asked me to keep theirs because I enjoyed reading them!

So………….what do you predict for a year from now? Five years? Ten years? What do you predict for your family? What do you think a car will cost in 2020?

Predictions for 2041: To show you how optimistic I am—I’m going to predict for 30 years from now and am looking forward to opening the envelope then. Well, maybe with some help from my boyfriend at the time!

December 30th, 2009 Posted by | Life and Work, Personal and Professional Development | 11 comments