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Life’s just too short!

     I know it’s been many times before, but you know life is just short to be worried about all the small stuff… it’s like missing the forest before the trees. We’re so worried about that next house, car or ”new thing” that we can’t see what’s important right in front of us!
    So the next time you want next big thing– look in front of you, it’s right there!

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The final curtain…

December 28, 2011 1 comment

Just this morning I heard of yet another of my bosses colleages had passed away. It brought visions of those close to me but yet “passed on”. And what of myself? How will it be when it’s my turn? We grow up so naive and oblivious to life’s continual reality picture show as one might call it.

I suspect when that final curtain calls for me, I’ll know it’s time… I’ll just take a bow and bid all farewell and good do…

Working with people from other cultures and global business.

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the things a global business would like to do when they go global is to capitalize on things like economies of scale and transfers of different technologies and information; this would include knowledge that could be gained by working with companies and businesses in foreign countries that you may be invested in.

As it turns out, I’ve been in a situation similar to this. I’m working in a foreign country and am supposed to be from a developed country (U.S.) and have what I think is something to offer in the local country– I think no one told the locals that! I could get into CVs and stats but I think I’ll spare you specifics. They’re [country] “on track” for world developed nation status (WDNS) in about 2020-2025 and could use the help, trouble is many locals seem not to care and the others think they’re already there.

Since my primary objective is to stay married and live happily ever after with my foreign wife– I’m not obliged nor am I overly enthusiastic about convincing them otherwise. Fact be told, I’m digging the great experiment!

Nobody can make it out here alone!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

When I was young, I guess you could say that I was a hard head. The more accurate saying that comes to mind is, “young and dumb and full of come”. I am also reminded that the average age of the Vietnam soldier was 19 years old; you see when you’re young, you think you can do everything.

As I got a little older, I found it was easier for me to take advice. I realized then that you can’t do it alone out here in this world! You could try, but you’ll quickly find it’s a lonely and angy place. Pearl Bailey once said, ” You will never find yourself until you face the truth”

Find yourself someplace to just sit down for a moment and hear yourself think. Ask yourself a few hard and honest questions, like “… do you love yourself and can you give yourself a break?” You got to be able to do that! That’s a start, cause you can’t do it alone out here! Focus on giving some love instead of taking all the time!

Remembering President Obama’s Inauguration

December 6, 2011 1 comment

I was looking back over one of my diary entries and ran across an intersting one from 20/01/09– President Obama’s Inauguration. In it he talked of irresponsibility and greed, doers and makers… and those who endured the whip,  plowed the hard earth, and fought wars. He went on to speak of the willingness to find something greater than themselves… values like honesty, hard work, loyalty and courage. And, most importantly, a new era of responsibility, new duties and defining our character! So what happened? Politics, that’s what happened!

When I step back and look at this one, I am soberly reminded of how fragile life truly is! For a moment there– one fleeting moment only, there seemed to be  hope for a new tomorrow; A hope for the future we’d only dreamed about previously– the real American Dream cause this ain’t it! … and there it went, just as quickly as it came– hope!  Bolting across the sky like Hailey’s Comet, never to be seen again in our lifetime! What to make of it?

We still have an opportunity to send a message; AMERICAN DREAM NOT FOR SALE! We have an obligation not only for ourselves, but to our children and their children. Don’t let the dream perish. “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called sons of God, …[and] they shall inherit the earth…”(Matthews 5:9 and Ps 37:11). Get out the vote, be energized and in every corner, let there be light!

The more you know…

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems you can never learn enough! As many times as I’ve been told something like this, I’m still amazed when I learn something that’s new and really useful.

I had been struggling with some colleagues in a foreign country I’ve been in for a number of years. Being retired Navy, I have a way “handling” problems and roadblocks; Don’t get me wrong, I don’t burn bridges, but I also don’t always tread lightly either. We used to say back home in the day, “…come strong or stay at home”. In this culture, you might as well swat flies cause you’d have better luck!

Look, culture (beliefs, attitudes, education, religion, etc.) is everything and it effects and/or pervades your work product and ethic! My father used to say, “An apple don’t know to do nothin’ but fall straight down from the tree”! When I was young, it really didn’t that much–but I tell you now, my father’s really a smart man! Maybe he knows how to cut down an apple tree?

Malcolm X killer released

Most of the new generation– I guess they call them “Generation X”, probably don’t really know the “whole story” of struggle and probably don’t care unless it’s in a video (sorry, but the truth is a &*%$#). http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/killer-of-malcolm-x-granted-parole/

Learn some history, your parents and grand parents paved the way, so some respect with an eye towards the future… or be prepared to repeat it!

Here’s a few books for your reference: Eyes on the Prize, America’s Civil Rights Tears 1954-1965 by Juan Williams; In Struggle, SNCC and Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson; Race, Reform and Rebellion– The second reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990, by Manning Marble; Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970.