Learning to love order and gaining freedom in the process

Order is not my strong suit. Add process and my eyes glaze over. At least, that’s what I thought in my younger days. Yesterday I read a quote from Winston Churchill that resonated with me: “In the first 25 years of my life I sought freedom. In the next 25, order. And in the last 25 I learned order is freedom.” Funny enough, though, for the last 25 years it doesn’t feel like I’ve been chasing structure. I do struggle to find it. And when I do, it’s fleeting. Maybe that’s why the universe favors entropy? At least that what … Read More

2015 – A Year to Remember!

Last night, my wife Jean and I celebrated a nice, simple New Year’s Eve with Jean’s sister, Denise. Jean made a wonderful salmon and beet salad that was a thoughtful diversion from the heavy, butter laden dishes consumed on New Year’s Eve’s of the past. Going around the table, we each talked about some things that we wanted to accomplish in 2015 and I ended my list with, “and I’m glad that 2014 is in the rear-view mirror.” It was here that Jean looked at me and said, “For 2015 I want to have it end where we don’t say … Read More

What Drives People to Change?

In my experience, people change for their own reasons. For the most part, there are three primary reasons for why people make a change. While these three reasons may be different, they are not mutually exclusive. Change is forced upon them by a competitor. Change is created by an internal desire to achieve an outcome. Change is required due to obsolescence. This past week I had the pleasure of spending the week with a Sightpath Sales Representative traveling in his territory and visiting with both current and prospective clients. Our clients are eye surgeons and their related facilities. I’ve written … Read More

Refill Guy

I am always amazed at how many times during the day I have the opportunity to refill things around me.  Sometimes it’s physical, often times mental and certainly spiritual. Physical things are easy and, while sometimes irritating, quickly accomplished.  Things like, the dogwood container is empty, the coffee maker water canister is running low, the toilet paper dispenser has a cardboard tube on it and various other mundane daily tasks that need to be done. What happens when there are refill needs for other people, or even myself, that are not so easy to see or replenish?  Things like a … Read More