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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Words

Words have the ability to destroy, as well as to heal.  They have the ability to empower, as well as to enslave. The right words have the ability to draw a precise picture in our minds, or muddy up a situation we thought was abundantly clear. Words always have an effect of some kind, but…

Like an Elephant in the Catskills

There have been times in my life when I felt just like an elephant in the Catskill Mountains. As you can imagine, it is very rare to find an elephant in the Catskill Mountains, unless you were to venture into the Catskill Game Farm. Unfortunately, I learned that the Catskill Game Farm closed in 2006,…