david’s blog

Simplicity – the ultimate sophistication

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci When I purchased a new Apple iMac earlier this year, I didn’t look at the tiny instruction booklet that came with the computer. I simply plugged in the computer and turned it on. The computer then walked...

Dogs seem to know the secret of happiness…

A friend once asked me, “Why do dogs stick their heads out of a window in a moving car?” I thought for a moment then replied, “Because they want to and they can.” I can think of any number of reasons why I shouldn’t and wouldn’t stick my head outside of a window, but...

The number one thing holding you back: YOU

"Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt." – William Shakespeare in Measure for Measure A few years ago when I was still living in Reston and working in corporate America as a business analyst, I was not very happy...

Breaking out of the “I have to” pattern

“There is only one thing you have to do in life.” – Brad Rex, race announcer Brad Rex, who I jokingly refer to as my “uncle from California,” dabbles in a lot of different things: cycling, rowing, race announcing, sailing, environmental restoration, etc. Since meeting...

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – an African Proverb Or, put another way by John Shedd, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” As a former Navy officer, I can appreciate the analogies to ships and seas, but what struck me...

The death of my Princess (my Dalmatian)

I think about death a lot now. What does it mean? What happens when we die? Is death an end? Or is it simply a transition to a new beginning? Or do we come back to life as someone or something else? We had our Dalmatian, Princess, put to sleep last Friday. She's had...

What we can learn from the Navy SEALs: What it means to be ELITE

With the killing of Osama Bin Laden and earlier rescue in 2009 of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates as examples, Navy SEALs are arguably the military’s “best of the best” – the elite military force that gets called upon to do all the tough, clandestine...

Learning to climb because I’m afraid of heights

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” - Anaïs Nin I started rock climbing because it’s new and because I’m afraid of heights. Walking over to the edge of “something” with a drop off (like a bridge or scenic overlook) makes me feel very...