After getting laid off from a good-paying job I wallowed in a “woe-is-me” pit of despair for 3 months. I was 30-years old and trapped by the seduction of a materialistic lifestyle. I was lost! I made a decision. I stepped out of my comfort zone, which had become very uncomfortable. I took a risk and took action.
I packed my bags and moved to Florida with a goal of becoming an animal trainer. I had no experience or education working with animals. However, persistence, determination and passion led me to accomplish my goal within one year. Over the past 13 years, I have lived in 3 states and worked with: dolphins, sea lions, kangaroos, kookaburras, walrus, and beluga whales. Oh yeah, I also own a dog training business, The Problem Pooch. I have found myself!
Along my journey of life I have been asked by friends and family, “You’re doing WHAT now?” My answer is simple, yet not always understood.
Last Summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Emerson’s home in Concord, Massachusetts. I felt a tingle ripple from the base of my neck, down my spine, and into the back of my legs when I touched the gowns Emerson wore while delivering keynote speeches. It was like he whispered to me, “I know who you are. You are a writer. Write and leave your trail.”
I created this blog and I published a book, I’M IN.
Thank you Mr. Emerson!
Henry David Thoreau, like Emerson, was a Transcendalist and lived in Concord as well. I sat among the concrete memorials of his cabin in the woods, at Walden Pond.
A slight breeze flowed over my humidity soaked skin. It made my whole body shiver, like a dog shaking off after a bath. Thoreau spoke to me, “I know who you are. Look and See. Write my friend, just write.”
My ambition is to help people find and see wonder in the mundane. I want people to appreciate the seemingly insignificant gifts we have in life.
I’m doing my best Mr. Thoreau. Thank you!
I was led to Concord to “meet” Emerson and Thoreau by my wonderful wife, Cathy.
Cathy and I have been through a lot of trials and tribulations. It’s not always easy, but we are together. Each day is a new step on our journey of marriage. Sometimes we follow a familiar path, sometimes we leave a trail.
I was in a roomful of business networking associates when I first saw Jones’s DVD, Celebrate What’s Right The World. I had never heard of this National Geographic photographer turned keynote speaker. I immediately resonated with his words. He spoke to me; he knew my internal struggles! He challenged me to develop my own 6-word phrase to live my life by. I spent almost 5 years trying to piece together the right words. Eventually, they came to me.
I do my best everyday to do these things, to be this person. I don’t always succeed. But, I show up everyday and try to make today better than yesterday.
Throughout my life, I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with God. Thankfully, we are on-again. The Serenity Prayer gives me hope in the valleys of life. It also allows me to be thankful for the peaks in my life.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant