If I Knew Then What I Know Now

One of the blessings, or curses, of publishing your own thoughts in a public forum is the ability to go back and reread these scattered tidbits months or years, or even decades, later. You can almost follow the trail of thoughts, like breadcrumbs back through your evolution of thinking. I recently had the opportunity to do this, and ran smack dab into a 180 degree turnaround in my way of thinking. Ruh roh. As a printer who also likes to write, I publish pieces in some industry-related periodicals from time to time. One such piece, written 2.5 short years ago…

Come and Go Blues

Have you ever thought about the people who populate your life? I’m talking about ALL the people, those you’ve known from your earliest memories, to your most recently-created friendships. I was thinking the other day how some people we get to “keep” throughout our lives, and others we only get to “borrow.” While family members are some of those whose relationships will often last a lifetime, I’m thinking more about friends and acquaintances. Are you lucky enough to still be close with your first childhood friends? Have you created bonds with others as you have matured? How long do those…

I DON’T NEED NO DOCTOR

What’s that expression, “Doctor, heal thyself”? You ever walk outside of a hospital and see the medical staff standing in clusters surreptitiously smoking cigarettes, and think to yourself, “Are you kidding me?” Of any humans on the planet, these people should see the deleterious health effects of smoking, and yet, here they are, publicly demonstrating their contempt for the known consequences of this behavior. While I smugly think, “I would never engage in a behavior that I knew for a fact was unhealthy,” I’ve come uncomfortably close to the metaphorical meaning of this phrase recently at work. The desire to…