Make ‘Em Laugh.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “When Childhood Ends.”

Having been born with Spina Bifida one could argue I had to grow up immediately from birth. I was born with a hole in my spine. That is what Spina Bifida means in Latin (Split Spine).

My first surgery of life was at one day old. Since that time we have lost count of how many surgeries I have actually had. We figure it has to be somewhere around forty.

Now, truth be told, I have hardly ever gone to any surgical procedure looking like an adult. I am usually a panicked, crying mess. I don’t do well with surgeries ever since I had an out of body experience with one. I may write more on that someday, but for now let me return to today’s post.

My point to this is there are a lot of people who go through things nobody may have any clue they are occurring. I have dealt with hospitalizations from day one. Someone else may be experiencing some type of physical or mental abuse. Still someone else may be dealing with not knowing where they belong.

All these things and so many more can happen at any age of childhood too. There are millions of children in the world who go through hard experiences. Hunger, homelessness, abuse of many types, even a life-changing birth defect, all of these can cause a child to have to grow up more quickly than they should.

The Bible says we all must put away childish things. Although, some children must put away their innocence and childhood earlier than others. Some adults have a hard time when they have to grow up so fast that they may slip back into childhood from time to time. That is definitely me!

I am an almost-forty cartoon watching, run through sprinklers, wanting to relive my childhood in tractors guy. I guess when you boil it down, some of us never really do grow up. And guess what, that’s okay! I don’t think a person should ever lose the ability to be a child and play. Growing up doesn’t require losing fun! So, be an adult, take responsibility, but at the same time never forget to be a kid and laugh throughout life.

Live A Life Of I.M.P.A.C.T.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pay It Forward.”

I try to live every day by this acronym. I Make Positive Actions Come True. When we live our lives in the servanthood of others we will have no problem paying it forward in all times and in all ways. Are you living a servants life? If you make positive actions come true for others, you are.

So, how does one do that? There are countless ways. Pay a bill. Say a kind word. Be a listening ear. Take a friend to lunch. Go the extra mile. Find a way when there appears to be no way.

All of these and so many more ways to show compassion and caring and paying it forward in today’s world. Sadly, not many people do.

I want the acronym I.M.P.A.C.T. To become a worldwide phenomena. Use this acronym and these words in all of your actions and soon every single thing you do will be paying it forward to another person and you will be living with a servants heart.

We Must Know Our Past, But That Doesn’t Mean We Should Go There.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Reach.”

Life is full of opportunities and experiences. The Latin word for experience is “Eventus”. That means an event. One time. Don’t go back.

Everyone has things in life that don’t work out. Jobs, careers, relationships, “Eventus”. Today’s daily prompt asks us to talk about an “Ex” that we would take back, or go back to. Why? The event is over for a reason, why revisit it?

What if by revisiting an ex situation or relationship, or job you are forfeiting something better that was to come along? Why do we live in a world that likes to stay stuck in the past?

Yes, it is important to know the past and learn from it, but that does not mean you should ever want to revisit it. Make new opportunities, create new memories with new people and new careers! Is there something that you have wanted to do, but have never done? Go do that! Do not revisit old things from the past.

Ready Or Not?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Night and Day.”

I am the guy who can talk almost anyone into almost anything. Some might say I can con my way into or out of things. One of the things I am best at is interviews.

Now, by no means do I get every job for which I apply, But, there have been a couple times when I interviewed and got a job that was definitely above my comfort level.

The first time I did this was after I graduated from college in 2005. The time to start paying loans was fast approaching and I needed a job with a future. I interviewed for a position that dealt with monitoring alarm systems all over America for businesses and homes. I faked it until I made it, an impression that is. I had no clue what I was doing for the first few months, but there were those who believed in me and groomed me into the job.

Then one day, one of those who believed in me asked me to start training for a lead position. At that time it didn’t really amount to much, but it was good training. Then, after I had been at the job for a couple years the opportunity arose again. I did more training the second time around, but a call came in from my alma mater. They needed an admissions representative and since I had graduated I interviewed and killed it in the interview! My supervisor even told me that she had her mind made up within two minutes of the group interview. I made everyone else disappear.

I did really well as a student at the school, so I thought this would be the perfect career for me. I didn’t realize what I was getting into. The college admissions landscape in 2008 was under some big changes! I wouldn’t be able to just sell the school and get everyone I talked to in, let alone stay in school. 

When I was a student, sure there were times I called my dad and said, “I want to quit! It’s too hard! I can’t do it!” But, he always convinced me to stay and see it through. 

This time, there was no stay and see it through. May 20th, or thereabouts, I was called into my supervisors office. There was no talking my way out of this one. Enrollments were down and I had the lowest success rate. Graduated near the top of my class, and now, same school I was on the bottom. Even though I was no longer the most recent hire, I had the lowest enrollments. 

Success one day, being laid off the next. But, it opened up opportunities I never thought I would have. After that experience I became a photographer at The Science Museum Of Minnesota. That was a temporary assignment, but it gave me a chance to put something on my resume that has never been there before. 

After that, I became a research caller for a company that published advertisements for wealth managers around The United States. I did really well at that and I was promoted to a new position that was still in the planning stages of how it was to be run when I accepted it. I was not ready for a position where we all had to figure it out every day as we went along, so I quit. 

That moved me into a few other positions that did not work out. I moved back to the area where I grew up. Sometimes we need to circle back around to the beginning to find where we belong. I met my bride here. I found a job I am good at, which I also had to back down from when it was first offered to me. I have been with this company almost five years and promoted twice, but backed up once. The second time has been going much better. 

There is no shame in circling back and taking another run, or even going in a new direction. As long as you are moving and trying, you are never a failure. Ready or not, keep on moving! You never know where you can end up rising to meet your goals. 

Comfortably Spontaneous.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Comfort Zone.”

I am a mix of the two. I am such a hard one to figure out, I sometimes even have trouble knowing myself! I know that probably doesn’t make any sense, but it is true.

For example, last night I had to make a late night run to Walmart. They are finally doing the curbs, gutters, driveways and sidewalks on our street and this process may make me immobile for up to five days. Meh, so I get a little vacation. But another side of me is saying, but what about missed work shifts? The company I work for says it is a disability allowed absense, but my work ethic is saying, “fight through it! Be prepared!”.

See!! That is me! I am an enigma, wrapped in a worrisome warm burrito! Now, THAT is a visual for those who know me! I am comfortable being prepared, but also when things come up, I tend to say, “meh! Will this really matter in 100 years?” At least, that is what I try to accomplish. My bride will tell you that it often does not work out that way. I am a scatter mouse! I panic. I over analyze. I chomp at the bit to get things done, and I also sit around for days and do nothing but write or read. That’s today. Although, I do have some silverware that is beckoning me to be washed, so I best get to that. Calmly planning, that is me.

A Day In The Life.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Storybook Day.”

Wouldn’t it be fun to spend the day in the lives of a fictional character or two? Personally, I have two separate groups I would like to meld into one great day party! The gang from The Wizard Of Oz and the gang from Alice In Wonderland.

I have always been fascinated by these two action stories. Is it because I fancy change? Or is it because I enjoy excitement and danger? Maybe a bit of both.

Within both classic pieces of literature we read about action, adventure, conflict and change. In The Wizard Of Oz everyone goes through their own changes, from courage, to a heart, receiving knowledge and finding out where home really is. In Alice In Wonderland we see the same characteristics in Alice as we do in Dorothy. Both believe they need to leave home to find something. We see in the rabbit that he is hurried through life, but stuck at the same time. Sound familiar, scarecrow?

Both novels deal with insecurities that are found within the human spirit, so why not link them? I have not plotted out an exact storyline as of this moment, but wouldn’t it be fun to read of the Adventures Of Alice And Dorothy In The Land Of Oz As They Travel Down The Yellow Brick Rabbithole? That is, of course, a working title.

Imagine if Dorothy and Alice go through their growth changes together. A little potion from Alice and a little imagination from Dorothy. They could battle The Wicked Witch Of The West AND The Queen Of Hearts together!!

Their friends could be a support group for one another as well. Tin Man could teach the rabbit to slow down and stand still for a while. Lion could teach Cheshire Cat to stop hiding from his fears. Mad Hatter and Scarecrow could dance around and bring joy and tea to one and all!!

In the end, we would hopefully realize that all of our stories are linked together in an intricate web between the yellow brick road of Oz and the twists and turns of the rabbit hole. And if we could all just work together we could all change for the better.