4.02.2008

Great Groups

One of my classes this quarter is 'Collaboration and Improvisation.' In the assigned reading for the class I found this little excerpt that really got my blood pumping. 



It is of interest to me because it is something I have been wrestling with in my own mind over the last couple of days. Rach and I were just discussing this very topic last night. I reached a point in my Naval career where the Navy was all. I was on the ship seven days a week, driving my team to completion of every task thrown our way, striving to improve every aspect of my system and my sailors for the good of the Navy. My chain of command loved it, my sailors rarely complained. After realizing I hadn't had a day off in over three months, however, I really noticed that my health was declining rapidly, I couldn't sleep at night and I was becoming irritable and really out of touch with what life is really about. 
I know the adrenaline rush involved in being part of something amazing and accomplishing things that no individual could conquer alone, but surely there MUST be a point when enough is enough and you should take time for your personal life and those you love. I use to write in my journal that I wished I could find something that would release the fire I felt within me. After years of searching, I am confident that my current path will accomplish this. Now I only hope that it will be a controlled blaze and not a wildfire.

2 comments:

dad said...

We spend our lives searching for what makes us happy and fulfilled and thats the way it should be. I am suspicious of those who claim to have found true happiness and saddened by those who have otherwise stopped searching, because they have accepted that they can go no further. But it seems to me that it is an ever-unfolding experience. With each new turn that your life takes, there is something more that can enhance your sense of fulfillment. Enjoy it to the max as it is brought to you and delight in laying the foundation for what will come next.

JoeyJoJoJo said...

Well said daddio. I had a rough day on Monday because I felt that I had forgotten some of these things, I had to take a full day just to remind myself of what is important to me in my life.