Mission Accomplished

There can be unintended consequences to any action. But a well thought out strategy that takes into account the possible reactions to every action taken to achieve a clear mission, is likely to succeed.

And then there is action for the sake of doing something…

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton

Inhale Action, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Reaction, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Strategy, Exhale Distraction…
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Loyalty

To the extent that you can learn from leaders unfit for leadership, the current administration is a potential goldmine of lessons in how NOT to lead.

I’ve been struck lately by the theme of loyalty; loyalty demanded by #45 to him from those responsible for leading our country’s institution. Their loyalty, of course, should be to the institutions they lead and to the American people.

That not withstanding, loyalty is a lot like respect and trust; it has to be given by the leader to be received by the leader.

Inhale Lessons, Exhale Indifference…
Inhale Loyalty, Exhale Corruption…
Inhale Leadership, Exhale Incompetence…
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Checks and Balances

I believe the confusing, even contradictory behavior of soon to be former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has been a contributing factor to the historically low numbers of Americans who trust our government (18 percent). Maybe it was too much to expect someone who publically criticized candidate Trump to continue that criticism after the 2016 election.

But like the record number of Republicans who won’t seek re-election, he seemed to have abandoned his values to support #45’s agenda, leaving many Americans to wonder who is willing to hold this president accountable.

“Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 ASV

Inhale Values, Exhale Expediency…
Inhale Consistent, Exhale Erratic…
Inhale Moral, Exhale Evil…
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Delayed Gratification

I would love to listen to an Alabama Football coach recruiting new players. Year after year, they manage to convince elite 5 and 4 star athletes to commit to a “process” which requires them to compete for the positions for which they were recruited. Sometimes it takes a couple of years for a highly recruited player to break through to starter status. And when they do, they’re possibly even more engaged and hungry.

“We create a standard for how we want to do things, and everybody’s got to buy into that standard or you really can’t have any team chemistry.” ~ Nick Saban

Inhale Culture, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Commitment, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Consistency, Exhale Complacency…
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Yes…I Think I’ll Have it All

I love seeing so many women run for office this year. I know a lot of it is in response to the regression of our politics to a time of second-class citizenship for women and terrorism toward people of color.

Senate members at a baby shower for Sen. Tammy Duckworth in March.

I believe the ability to make that sacrifice is the result of willingness by men and women, husbands and wives to seek out roles that conform to their individual and collective needs versus along strict “shoulds” and “should nots” according to gender.

And isn’t the freedom to choose who you are and how you authentically navigate your world, the only freedom worth having?

Inhale Want to, Exhale Should…
Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Gender Roles…
Inhale Momentum, Exhale Regression…
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Wife, Mother, Leader… Choose Two!

The United States continues to perceive leadership as the almost exclusive purview of men, insisting that for women biology is our primary, even ONLY destiny.

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

What I experienced and what I saw in my military career was that women with children could be wives OR they could be leaders, but it was rare to see a woman fulfilling all three roles successfully for any length of time.

But one leader at a time, that reality is changing. And I am here for that change!

Inhale Purpose, Exhale Presumption…
Inhale Destiny, Exhale Dogma…
Inhale Fluidity, Exhale Rigidity…
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Revisionist History

I guess if the people who looked like me had a history of genocide, oppression, subjugation, discrimination, terrorism, etc., I too might try to suppress the past.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6 NIV

Inhale Fact, Exhale Fabrication…
Inhale History, Exhale Hatred…
Inhale Reality, Exhale Revision…
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Presumed Innocence

I found myself distracted by the actions of the judge conducting the trial I participated in recently. I watched a judge that seemed be so meticulous in questioning potential jurors but who could barely contain what I perceived as his contempt for and impatience with the defense.

As the jurors found out after the verdict, this particular defendant had a pretty extensive list of crimes. But if the jurors are to presume a defendant innocent of the crime for which he or she is on trial, shouldn’t the judge also be perceived as impartial?

Inhale Impartial, Exhale Prejudiced…
Inhale Intentional, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Innocence, Exhale Presumed Guilt…
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Civic Duty

I had my first civilian jury duty last week. I WANTED to serve, although just for a short case, and that’s exactly what happened. I haven’t been able to format my experience in a way that fits this space but I know it was vastly different from the other jurors because of how we responded to the information we were give.

The trail reinforced for me the need to have defendants judged by their peers. And since we live in a country that incarcerates black and brown people at 5.1 and 1.4 (respectively) times the rate of whites, to me, that means more people of color need to be in the jury box.

Inhale Civic Duty, Exhale Excuses…
Inhale Fairness, Exhale Prejudice…
Inhale Justice, Exhale Systemic Injustice…
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Must. Have. Sun.

I’m pretty busy in this semi-retired phase of my life. So much so that I had to re-arrange my recent escape to FL a couple of times and still ended up leaving chilly Chicago two days later and coming back a day earlier than I had planned. And I missed some events while I was gone that I would have attended had I been in town.

But I’ve learned that my ability to live in this city I love requires me to leave Chicago for a warmer climate at least once in the winter. And so I did. And it was glorious!

“Days full of sunlight make people feel better and have more energy, but it also increases the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is associated with improved mood.” ~ Carey Bligard, MD.

Inhale Warm, Exhale Frigid…
Inhale Relaxed, Exhale Freaked Out…
Inhale Rejuvenated, Exhale Frazzled …
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