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What’s Your Mantra?

I was asked this in a recent job interview. I paused and blurted out, If you’re not growing, you’re dying. I saw this years ago at a trainer’s desk and it resonated. This probably explains why I like “Who Moved My Cheese.” Last night, I was participating in a leadership retreat and we were asked to create a symbol that represented ourselves out of Play Doh.  I opted to create a ladder.

While I believe in trying to try to improve myself in many respects, learning more about the Bible, career wise and exploring my interests.  I also like to take people along  for the ride with me or share what I’ve experienced or learned.  So, the ladder isn’t just about me.  I’ve had people help me up the ladder and I’d definitely like to do the same.

My mother felt the need to check me this week with regards to my passion about moving up career wise.  I get it, I need it every now and then.  I  have a great manager who is supportive and wants to equip you to do your best.  More importantly, she makes it known that there is life outside of the job.  I feel like for the first time that I’ve landed in a position that can lead to a career that I can be truly passionate about it.  It’s not to say, I didn’t care about previous positions, it’s just that there wasn’t identifiable career progression.

All that said, I’ve going to avoid turning on my work laptop for today at least. I’ve gotten a ticket to see a Spring quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese for next Friday.

I’ve been contemplating what big trip I want to take this year.  I’ve been tempted by Paris, despite the fact that I was just there last April.  There’s a part of me that’s tempted to go somewhere I’ve never been before.  Then a package for Bangkok popped up.  It has a lot of appeal.  I asked my dad before he passed away, what was his favorite place in the world.  He was retired Air Force.  He paused for a second and said Thailand.  So, with that I added Thailand as a place that I have to visit before I leave this earth.

Maybe, Bangkok it will be…