I’ve written seventeen posts this year which chronicle my thoughts and what I’ve done. I’ve also read a number of books and noted them with a combination of sketchnotes (on a new page here) and quote posts on Instagram. I also started another blog page to publish a hand-drawn chart a day. All of this adds up over time and I’ve been at it for five years. Looking at my blog admin page, I’ve got 220 published entries (this will be 221 – whatever it takes!). That’s cause for reflection in itself because it covers so much ground. My writing in 2012 and 2013 helped prepare me to deal with the struggles of 2014 with my father’s dementia and a complicated job transfer. 2015 and 2016 largely chronicled dealing with his illness and eventual passing along with some personal growth. 2017 was much more about me dictating the next step at my own pace.
This is what grew from that picture. If it looks a lot to you like chapters for a book, that’s what was intended. I’m confident there’s more than enough material to pull from for refining and repackaging into something coherent which can help a lot of people. Many of us are on career paths which will stagnate, grow boring, or even vanish without conscious initiative. With some thought, it’s like running in zigzags to escape an alligator – you can point yourself in a direction and take steps to get there with some urgency. Look for me to provide updates in 2018 as my new project comes together.
- You’re Not Going to Change Anyone’s Vote – Look for people’s traits and values before you judge them on a position. Try to ask about their vision for themselves and the country rather than debating facts and calling names. You may have enough in common to debate rather than scream.
- Aiming for Less than 180 Degrees – It’s possible that people are looking at the same situation and have similar values but see something very different. This happened to me recently and breaking down what some of my friends saw vs. what others saw helped us have a dialogue. It was heated at times, but much different than name calling and vowing to never talk again.
- I’ve written about Digital Divisiveness since Newtown. Have a look and remember to be introspective. If we simply respond to shocking headlines and don’t think about a situation from multiple angles, then we really are sheep.