Meaningful Selfies

Today I decided that I was going for it – although I’ve been doing a lot of that over time.  It’s something I’m sort of known for doing, by those who really know me.  Sometimes “it” has been more complicated, while at other times quite simple. Today the mission fell into the simple category –…

I Am Willing

Too often we ask, “Why did this fail?”  Situations – often very similar, come up short.  Not because of what we do, but because of the questions we ask ourselves ahead of time and throughout.  After all, we’re all programmed to win, and to achieve greatness – our mind goes into auto pilot, even in…

What’s Love Got to Do With it?

What’s Love Got to Do With it?  Everything! On this day that we focus on love, may we remember that it should be a focus for us each day.  Loving the people in our lives – warts and all, despite their imperfections.  Loving ourselves, despite our flaws – without being too hard on ourselves, while…

Stones

When we look ahead to the things that are most important to us – the goals that mean everything to us, it sometimes seems overwhelming and daunting.  Can I do this, or is it too big for me? So we often do nothing – looking at something so large, and doubting ourselves. But the enduring…

To Sunsets and New Beginnings

I usually have a difficult time determining whether a picture I’m looking at is showing either a sunrise or a sunset.  Without being able to tell whether the sun is closer to east or west, I tend to be a little biased towards sunset, since I’m more of a “night owl,” and enjoy more sunsets…

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…