I was asked to re-publish my first Musings column. Here you go:
‘Mark’s Musings’: March 21/03
it was a great day for my walk this morning . .
the river is flowing . . the geese are crapping in the water and short old oriental people are out walking along with cyclists going too fast and runners dot the landscape
but you know, there are no oil wells on fire, no one is wearing camouflage, the rumble of traffic was commuters on their way to work in their SUV's, not the roar of 70 ton tanks !!
life is good this morning
we are safe & well
the challenges of this day are few compared to the situation of many . . .
happy spring . . .happy Friday ..
4,784 columns later – so much satisfaction – responses, support, friendships – no longer just strangers/names on lists.
We share. Daily. Interesting, magical responses, connections – thoughts, ideas, reactions. Many have called, written or reached out to meet. My very large virtually fantastic wheel of many spokes.
Better work, better connections and satisfaction followed. Not just as writer-working-his-craft, but as one person living his life, knowing there are readers who care, who want to be spokes of this marvelous wheel.
With eyes, interest and thoughts, they show up, daily. How can I not show up for that?
We don’t get equal measures in return for risks we take. Easy to fear that risks will bring fear, pain or failure. No guarantee.
Two things are clearer than ever. First, risk/testing ourselves brings fantastic rewards unto itself. Second, rewards don’t connect in magnitude. Or time-lines. Sometimes, they overwhelm.
P.S. I was planning to make an announcement this morning (on my new project) but I’m pushing back the launch for one week … not to make it perfect, but to be ‘more ready’. Exciting! (stay tuned for next Wednesday …)
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 6C/43F, clear and calm – perfect fall chill, crunchy leaves everywhere but the trees are still holding the majority, but not for long. Full moon still hanging high, Gusta thrilled we were late because she could sniff so many commuter cars parked along the street and wish she could chase their owners who are sprinting to catch their train …