Huh! I have a real blend of thoughts running through my mind. . .
First, I appreciate all the dear friends who have wished me well, as I leave IBM. There seems to be so many different exciting things out there to choose from, I’m wondering just where I’ll start. The most tempting words come from friends who are independent consultants and are so happy living outside the corporate culture of the big corporate houses.
In a way the adventure on this stream of thought began back in May when I met a most likeable gentleman named Mike Israel. He is a Business Application Manager and over lunch he told me of how he had migrated from consulting life to the life of living as a corporate employee. He mentioned how things so dramatically change when you embark into the corporate world.
It does make you wonder doesn’t it, how culture can be a burden to some folk, and they though strong in ability find something stifling in the midst of the corporate scene. It makes one think we have much inventing yet to embark into the 21st century eh? Here we see ourselves so sophisticated, and yet our corporate cultures are old and salty.
It’s similar to the telephone industry. Aren’t you just loving the big debate around Google Voice, AT&T, and Apple, and now everyone is saying, “I didn’t do it!”. What a laugh this is, but the stark truth is that our ideas about communications are old and stale. Who can rescue us from this lethargy? Do we really have to wait for people to get all upset and angry before we go about reinventing ourselves? Hats off to Google for giving us fresh insight into possibilities.
My email box this week has just been full of too many Internet farces. I’m tired of the off cuff remarks that America should only be speaking English. Huh? How can we be so dull of character to think everyone should be like us? My life is so rich through my studies of Latin, French, Greek, Hewbrew, Italian, and Portuguese. We need to be ashamed of our stick-in-the-mud attitudes. I realize we are feeling the discomfort of a fast changing world, but we can’t put our head in the sand like an ostrich, eh? Also along this same line, is the silly email about how things were so wonderful when we were kids. Oh yeah? A key learning for me in the past year, is all about living in the now. Yes, I’m fond of memories, but balance is also about finding the silver lining in my present place. It’s been written that one should find happiness in want and in great blessing, so let’s live in the present and in the now.
It’s encouraging to see some signs of recovery eh? Glad to know the housing market jumped this summer and some things are on the move. Hey, we’ll take it! Sorry to hears the CARS program has so soon ended, this seemed to be a cool stimulus in spite of the way the program was to be run. Just hope those dealers get their monies are not left holding the bag.
Oh and let’s dream too! Some friends want to go crusing in the Baltic next summer (2010). That sounds so cool, more things to see that I’ve never seen! The world is a great place. My work at IBM has taken me to some awesome places too. Some of my work locations have been: Switzerland, Shanghai, Singapore, Barcelona with many side trips. Hehe, but as stated about that is the past, the future is here today, so I’ll dream about the Baltic Sea. Ahhh, you can dream too!