April 28, 2019
Another installment is due today, and once again, I’m sitting down to write it on its due date. I need to schedule more regular writing time. This has been a wild couple of weeks…good, but wild.
My pro-reading is still focused on Covey’s The 3rd Alternative. The end is in sight. I’ve passed through “The 3rd Alternative and the Law” and am well into “The 3rd Alternative in Society.” I’m getting there.
I finished Ezekiel and have moved on to the Book of Daniel. While making my way through Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, I got well into “Song of Myself,” and found my favorite passage:
They were the glory of the race of rangers,
Matchless with horse, rifle, song, supper, courtship,
Large, turbulent, generous, handsome, proud, and affectionate,
Bearded, sunburnt, drest in the free costume of hunters,
Not a single one over thirty years of age.”
(Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1991.)
I was challenged to add Sun Tzu’s The Art of War into my reading rotation. Challenge accepted. I’m about ½ way through.
Other Learning Opportunities
These 2 weeks has been loaded with other training opportunities. I had a good Roundtable meeting with some of my supervisors. I had a great preliminary policy briefing with a group of 4 new Academy grads. I had the 3rd Session of this year’s Leadership Development Academy. I was fortunate to have my friend, mentor, and executive coach join us remotely to work with the class. On Saturday, I got to attend an amazing jiu-jitsu seminar with Professor Demien Maia. During the 2nd week, I had an eye-opening meeting with a college classmate, who is involved in major social media advocacy, around opportunities to leverage media and messaging for larger impact. There were many opportunities to learn in the past 2 weeks.
I’ve done a lot of writing for work lately, but pretty much no writing for fun or progress. I need to work on that.
There has been a lot of fun to be had lately. I got a couple of good ruck hikes in. I managed to pick up some extra jiu-jitsu classes. The Seminar with Demien Maia was awesome! It was inspiring and game-changing. That evening, C and I were blessed to be guests at a Passover Seder, at one of our local Temples. It was moving. On Easter, we hiked Monument Mountain, before having Easter dinner with my parents. On Thursday, we were invited to attend a celebration of community unity. After the reception, we had a great dinner and night out with some close friends. All in all, a great couple of weeks.
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*