Dogs seem to know the secret of happiness…

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

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...
Breaking out of the “I have to” pattern

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

“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...