The impetus for this post you ask?
I'd like to think that it was all the things going on in my life at this point in time, but I think it's just the fact that I'm proctoring a mid-term exam and I'm bored...
Well, there are actually a lot of changes going on. Catherine's got a new position at the University, the house is going through some major renovations, and the boys are about to celebrate their birthdays. Chris is turning 10 tomorrow (big double digits) and Alex will be 7 on Friday.
All that, and with the new year starting not too long ago, there's been a lot going on in my mind - mulling over choices I've made in the past and what might unfold in the future - results of the choices I make.
Here's an abridged list of some of the values I and Catherine have worked to instill in the kids:
- do and try your best at whatever you do
- if you feel wronged by someone, at first, assume they had good intentions
- talk nice, be nice
- don't come to breakfast in a bad mood
... the list goes on. With all these "lessons" I also find that I sometimes have to remind myself of the values I'm trying to teach the kids.
I've been mulling over one of these "wisdoms" lately ... taking charge of your own destiny.
Not to preclude asking for help or assistance when you need it, but in order to make things happen, you've got to ... make things happen. Think of the "butterfly effect" if you will. Over the years, I've gotten more comfortable at being (respectfully) tenacious, but there are times where I have found that maintaining the status quo can get ... comfortable.
Over the past couple of months, it's been a mini-renaissance for me ... re-energizing, getting the word out, picking up the phone, pounding the pavement, re-connecting with people. Generally, trying to make more possibilities for myself.
It's not that I don't enjoy the work and clients that I've been dealing with - quite the opposite! I've absolutely love working with the folks I'm lucky enough to have on my client roster. I'm just looking for even more - more cool gigs, more cool people to work with, more cool sounds to make ...
Dividends from the efforts are starting to appear ... back to making some more ripples in the pond.