Just over two years ago I had never been to a TED or TEDx event, even though I already had friends speaking at them and watched the videos with a notebook in hand. In the spring of 2011 I had attended a viewing party of the global TED event and met a number of people that I knew I wanted in my thought-circles. Continue reading
When I miss my friends and family back home…I email them. I Facebook them. I call them. I meet up with them when they travel in the same place I am.
I tried, for the first ten months or so that I was traveling, to get people to Skype with me. Some were willing, others not so much. At first I spent a lot of time being frustrated and…well…angry.
Must *I* always be the one to meet people halfway? Continue reading
Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
I don’t know how I didn’t walk into more people or buildings as I wandered around the streets of Prague with my eyes toward the sky, oblivious to my surroundings.
The old city and nearby metro areas are like a throw-back to another time. Huge stone buildings overwhelm narrow cobblestone streets and people bustle by you speaking any number of random languages to their companions or into a Bluetooth earpiece. A perfect collision of years past with modern realities.
Especially for me. It was my first time in Europe.
As I walked with my group of friends, hustling to dinner, we turned a corner and stumbled onto what appeared to be a castle in the Old Town Square lit up in the dark Prague sky. I stopped cold and took in the scene around me.
Beauty like that should give you pause. Continue reading
It’s a pain carrying around bullshit day to day.
Remember the story of that guy Atlas? He had to carry the weight of the world (universe) on his shoulders?
I mean, he’s a mythological figure and all…but you get the idea.
For the first time in years, I’ve struggled settling into goals and plans for 2013. I spoke with a number of peers and friends who were all diligently reviewing their 2012 year-to-date progress, dreaming big for the upcoming year, and calculating their projections for 2013 goals. Continue reading