Overlooked Preflight Instructions

Last week I traveled to Houston on business.  It was a typical non eventful trip. Uber to MARTA to plane. And as always, my earphones went on as I got to the MARTA train station.  The city passed me by, as I listened to my playlist.  And conversations passed me by as well, since the…

Restarts, Crashes, and Falls

  If you woke up in the Atlanta area this morning, you were treated to snow flurries, frigid temperatures and a sense of optimism.  Not every New Years Day is this cold in Georgia, but we can always count on the sense of optimism that comes with a clean slate.  New determination when it comes…

Obstacles and Mountains

Trips taken at midnight, and calls taken at 4am.  Words delivered to lift upward, received as “drama.”  Ideas meant as solutions, sitting idly to the side.  Soothing words and tough talk.  Pleas to see a professional acknowledged – and only acknowledged.  Projects and dreams put on hold for a little while. But there are milestones…

Baggage

I can’t remember her name, but I can still see her face. After class she walked up to me and said, “I’m so glad you asked that question.  I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to ask.” The weight came off my shoulders, as baggage was lifted away. If you’ve traveled on an…

Pacing

They say patience is a virtue, but it has seldom been one of mine. In fact, some of my friends would describe me as a little “restless” when I have something in mind that I would like to accomplish. When it comes to telling time, I’ve always believed that the time is “right now.”  In…

Plus a Little Bit More

Each time I’ve ever visited Gwinnett Technical College, I’ve ended up leaving the campus feeling much more energized than when I first arrived. Today was no exception. I was fortunate enough this morning to serve on a panel of five judges representing the business community.  We were given the difficult task of choosing one winner…

The Weight of Uncalibrated Scales

For many, one day after a very contentious election, it feels as if the scales of fairness and justice have been placed back in the box, left uncalibrated and again forgotten. I say for many, because the vote was nearly split evenly on a night when the pundits and pollsters projected an easy win for…

Endurance

With such little time spent talking about actual issues during this presidential race, it’s almost certain that neither of the candidates could possibly claim a mandate victory. I’m fine with that. While I’m less than impressed with both candidates, I remain impressed with the resiliency Americans have shown over time. Let’s face it, we’ve had…

Tangible Signs

Feelings of doubt have a way of surfacing during the quiet times – during the still of night, or times when we allow our minds to wander a bit. And as expected, doubt appears during the times when we need it the least. It seems that during the times when we’re working towards tackling life’s…

Uncharted

Stories of persistence need to be told, not only for the sake of the one telling them, but also for those  who need to hear them. Why is it that we’re so interested in hearing about the person who gets knocked down three times, and gets up four? The stories give us examples of people…

Run Through!

As I upload this post on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I know how many of us are feeling. Maybe you are watching the clock and saying, “This week is nearly over!” Not so fast. If you know me well, chances are you’re expecting a baseball analogy to follow. Like all good baseball coaches tell their…

Entering the Fast Lane

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges. A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow…