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bridging the divide

I very rarely watch the news. I stopped that practice about 15 years ago because I grew tired of hearing bad news and the rhetoric. I rarely listen to live radio, even if music-based stations. Thank you to options like spotify and audible for providing me ear candy for if and when I choose. Yes, I am pretty active on linkedin. My justification is that this is a platform where a lot of "my people" from the medical device industry frequent and hangout. I axed my facebook account about 10 years ago. However, I did decide a few months ago to reactivate a facebook account. One primary motivating reason for doing so was to reconnect with people as I explore a real estate venture. For the connections, I'm grateful for a platform like facebook. And it's clear,...

daily design

I've been thinking quite a bit over the past few weeks about my daily design. There are quite a few folks who are huge fans of implementing structure throughout your day, specifically about the morning routine. Presently, I'm sort of debating with myself about this notion. There have been times in my life where I did explore quite a bit of discipline and structure into my morning routine. One of those initiatives I explored for a bit was Robin Sharma's 5AM Club. At that time, it was kind of great. At that time, I was very much an early morning person. I used to relish those wee morning hours, getting into flow, and getting quite a few things done before many were awake. But after a few weeks, the 5AM Club was...

2020

2020! Best year ever! How many are making that statement? Yeah, I know. Conventional wisdom would have you believe that 2020 might have been the worst year ever. In most cases, conventional wisdom is just wrong. And for 2020, I believe conventional wisdom is absolutely wrong. Has 2020 presented new and sometimes unusual challenges? For sure. 2020 has been an amazing year! Maybe the best year. (Yes, I 100% believe this.) Of course it's a matter of perspective. For me, 2020 has provided me the opportunity to become closer with my family. Spending more quality time with my kids. More quality time with my fiancee and her kids. We've cooked family meals way more often than in years prior. And yes, we are still supporting local restaurants (and breweries) with carryout. We've actually traveled more. Visiting several new places, along...

aftermath

For the past several years, Christmas time arrives quicker than it seems like it should. Then it passes so quickly. For many in 2020, this was the most unusual of holidays for obvious reasons. I'm grateful that I got to spend time with my family, especially my children. Yes, they are both adult aged now. Yet Christmas with them is important to me. It's not about the gifts or the food. To me, it's about the quality time. And as they continue to get older, the quality time opportunities with my kids is a lot more sacred and appreciated these days. Grant me the wisdom to realize this each and every day. The great irony of this, at least to me, is that I suddenly can imagine how my parents might feel more...