Interpreting Meaning: Choosing Your Path

How do we become more well in our professional and personal lives? Does taking control and making purposeful choices make a difference? Is that always possible?

Something I’ve always liked was reading quotes--from authors, business owners, academics, mothers, researchers, comedians...there’s no end to the sources of interesting ones out there.


Some of them are infuriating, some inspiring, some make you wrestle with your own biases, opinions, or perceptions.


My current writing initiative is exploring quotes I find interesting and fleshing out my own interpretation of and experience with the matter at hand.

The first of my articles is based on a Tom Robbins’ quote:

“You've heard of people calling in sick. You may have called in sick a few times yourself. But have you ever thought about calling in well?

It'd go like this: You'd get the boss on the line and say, "Listen, I've been sick ever since I started working here, but today I'm well and I won't be in anymore." Call in well.”
--Tom Robbins

Here is the link to my article on the topic, where I explore the idea of reappraising risk and ownership of one’s personal choices.

I’m personally a risk-averse person. I want to win the lottery, but can’t bring myself to buy lottery tickets because the odds are so slim. I consider all the “what if’s” of just about everything, from traveling, to career changes, to weather warnings.

All this to say that I’m a fairly calculated person. But I also have a disposition towards being creative, and change.

I’ve benefited immensely from (and enjoyed) my academic and professional experiences. But I’ve also gained a great deal of insight and confidence from striking out on my own. I like the accountability and the wonder of living a little off the beaten path.

Someone said to my husband recently that you have to be willing to live on the edge of your comfort zone to grow. Living life a little differently than we thought we would, living more simply but living with ownership, has great potential.

If the article leaves you with something to say, come back and post your thoughts. There’s a wealth of perspective on the topic and everyone’s experience is different. I'm interested in what you think.


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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Tricia (Friday, 01 September 2017 17:10)

    Fantastic article. So glad that I got well and looking forward to a time when everyone is well, happy, and doing their own thing.

  • #2

    E. Svenson (Friday, 01 September 2017 20:40)

    Not only inspiring, but an interesting (and accurate!) social commentary.

  • #3

    Kaylene Brueckman (Sunday, 03 September 2017 05:51)

    As always, your writing is relevant and so on point. This piece is the perfect affirmation for all of us on the path to coming full circle and becoming well. Good work!