I made two commitments to myself this new year. One is to admit that I am a writer (I think ...
Through the last couple of weeks of December, I experienced an odd (but I can’t imagine unique) sensation. As the days slipped forward toward the inevitable new calendar year, I sensed the uneasy presence of dueling desires.
Every single day, we’re confronted with countless choices. Many are routine or seemingly trivial. Some of my own frequent decisions go like this: Which pants should I wear (should I even wear pants today)? Do I feel like listening to Black Sabbath, Al Green, or some Claude Debussy on my commute? Now that my day […]
I often think and write about life as a journey. Today I consider another mindset. Our lives are meant to be creative and experienced in the moment.
Today was a day for me to get some much-needed nature therapy. In the summer months, I struggle to get into woods because of the hellacious Southern heat and humidity. And August is truly one of the cruelest months. However, yesterday, I experienced a panic attack that took me by surprise. My daily medication usually […]
Think back for a moment. Can you remember what it was like to be 18 years old? Even though I currently deal with occasional bouts of Stage IV CRS, I vividly recall just how much I wanted to escape my claustrophobic small town rural life of central Appalachia, grab my independence with both hands, and […]
All I can say to this bit of inspiration from Steve Harvey is…damn right. Jumping off the cliff – even knowing you have a parachute – is scary as hell. And I’ll be absolutely candid. I’m still falling, tugging at the ripcord. I’ve been torn up and beaten up on my way down. I’ve experienced things […]
Eventually it happens to all of us when we enter a new organization. Sometimes it takes a few years. Sometimes a few months. For the least fortunate among us, only a few weeks. I’m talking about the waving of a red flag signaling our first WTF experience in our workplace. It’s usually accompanied by a […]
There I floated on my bright yellow raft, not too far away from the dock. It was the first morning of our summer lake vacation and was starting to warm up into one of those typical late July hot southern days. But instead of feeling the peace of being on the water and the relaxation […]
If we’re to be the hero of our own movie (and we better be) then we’re going to need a theme song to match.
This post might serve as some indication as to the type of week I’ve had. One where the veil has been pulled aside to further clarify some observations that I’ve noticed in my long and winding career journey. 1. Our organization is not our family. This very notion that my organization is a family has always made […]