A Love Supreme

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice”

There are a great many challenges that have presented themselves to me in the past 4-5 years of being self-employed. Many of these challenges are situations more commonly thrown at somebody veteran my age by at least 10-20 years, with seasoned years of experience to know how to respond to these situations. From responding to difficult choices and opportunities, to writing formal cease-and-desist letters to large companies, I’ve picked up many pieces and have put them to good use.

That being said, it would be nearly impossible to expect that one would always get it right; absent of mistakes or miscalculations. There are a good number of situations where – looking back from the present – I would have played the dealt cards differently. However, we simply learn as we go and are not granted the gift of time reversal. Our choices must be made in a going-forward motion, with knowledge and wisdom, from the past, used to channel and direct their disbursement.

This afternoon, I received some intense encouragement from a friend, Neethi, who effectively picked me up from a moment of intense discouragement. When you know yourself from the inside-out, you are aware of your proficiencies, talents, and abilities…as well as the deficiencies and areas of handicap. She encouraged me to not “look at the numbers” on paper that show a measure of worth, from resume accomplishments to cumulative GPA scores. As she was the primary reason behind me returning to school, it had a great impact to hear these words of evaluation.

“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”  John Coltrane

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