Category: Challenges


Baby Steps

There is a gospel singer I listened to when I was young, who expressed his life motto, oh way back in the 1990’s. I believe he got it from his Pentacostal preacher father. He said, “Do the next right thing.”  Apparently the saying has been a widely used phrase for a very long time. Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, who knows who originated the words? The Stoics probably mentioned it 2,000 years ago. ( It seems wise on its face. You know, better than, “Do the next dirty, rotten, scandalous thing you can think of.” I have a...



              I recently stumbled across these words by Tibor Kalman, “I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That’s what we really pay attention to anyway. We don’t talk about planes flying; we talk about them crashing.” Tibor was a graphic designer known for several Talking Head album cover designs and an innovator in his field. He seemed spot on in describing, “What we pay attention to.” Planes crashing instead of flying? Classic news media focus as one example. It does seem to be a negative take, but I think he was highlighting something...


Fear of Pain

I’ve had three C-Sections in my life. One thing the doctors said about recovery was to take pain medicine before the pain hit hard. During those recoveries, I learned that pain meds, in and of themselves, do not help the body heal. In the C-Section case, they take the edge off so a girl will be willing to sit up and walk around. The movement of the muscles is what helps the body heal. Those were years ago and thankfully I’ve not had to have any other major surgeries, or been injured. Just recently I did have a very minor...