Douglas' Journey to Define The Human Element
Throwing it back to Snail Mail, Post Crossing

Throwing it back to Snail Mail, Post Crossing

Concluded a great Peloton ride this morning, while catching up on email, I stumbled upon two articles from the New York Times that drove me back to my site. Articles:  NY Times: Why You Should Start A Coronavirus Diary   NY Times: Snail Mail Is Getting People Through This Time This year indeed has brought forth ebbs and flows, or waves. From being promoted last fall, annual incentive paid two days before the office closed in March, entered a city lockdown, hiding away in quarantine, an[…]
Meet my new friend, ThreeMonthFurlough.

Meet my new friend, ThreeMonthFurlough.

The three months of working remotely due to Covid-19 created an everyday challenging of recollecting the current day of the week. Today, June 8th is clearly a Monday, yet one unlike any I have ever experienced. Welcoming summer vacation 2020. Today my company implemented a global furlough program that means that many of our employees – including myself – will be furloughed until early September. The company has been incredibly compassionate, waiting as long as possible to announce the furloughs.[…]
Touch vs. Feel

Touch vs. Feel

A discussion about the senses earlier this week ran through my mind today. I reflect back on that afternoon; the smell of rain, dark clouds above and the sound of raindrops hitting the street. My friend reached out, quickly grabbing a leaf from each tree we passed. Not saving them, picking out a new one along the path. He described the rationale behind catching a small piece of each tree. What did he feel in each leaf? What made them different from the one prior? Had I felt a lamb's ear plant? W[…]
365 Gathered Truths

365 Gathered Truths

"True, that's some good food for thought," a fascinating phrase when I think about food to give me thought. Of course, it has a meaning of something too stimulating you to have a perspective of something or to think through something. Over the past two months, I have sought out ways to give my soul something to ponder, work through, understand perspective, determine what, if any is a takeaway which I can learn from. A means to drive stimulation in my brain, evoke a feeling in my heart (both posi[…]
Clarity?

Clarity?

Returning to Yoga last month has improved my physical but even more, my spiritual health. Each journey was concluding with food for thought leaving my mind racing. Yesterday, Tricia shared the intention, "Clarity." Clarity defined as; the quality of being clear, in particular. the quality of coherence and intelligibility. The quality of being easy to see or hear; sharpness of image or sound. With each movement, I continued to remind and reinforce, Clarity. The class ended, but the journey conclu[…]
Cinderella Moment, Important Bucket and Change

Cinderella Moment, Important Bucket and Change

(Composed; 2017-Dec-10 ) Damn? I have no clue where to start. Where am I? Where have I been? At the moment I'm on a KLM flight from Helsinki to Amsterdam. I can finally manage to say, we have been to HELsinki. Passing through the aisle at the moment, the young female KLM flight attendant. I extended a genuine thank you and shared how her smile is nothing but infectious and she is beautiful. Of course, only made her smile more. A genuine compliment can go so far, a smile lasts, laughter can make […]
The Magnitude Factor of 49, The Math – #Orlando

The Magnitude Factor of 49, The Math – #Orlando

First thing this morning Nick began updating me on the Orlando news before getting out of bed. Thinking to myself, the counts have to be wrong, and once it's confirmed it won't be that bad. Departing the city and the connection online to kayak was a blessing. The Magnitude Factor of 49 (excluding shooter), victims that lost their life in Orlando early this morning. I believe those that lost are souls we lost, not simply victims. 49 - People confirmed as of 18:53. 77.9 - Average Life Expectancy i[…]
A craving for empanadas & beer that helped to make my life whole

A craving for empanadas & beer that helped to make my life whole

Struggling to see my monitor with the vibrant light of the sun blinding me as it begins to set over the rooftops. I hit mental roadblocks in adding to this blog when too many topics cross my mind; Life, learnings, friendship, quotes, love, sadness and my journey exploring the Human Element. A rollercoaster of a Sunday, two friends added rich context to the fragile nature of life, and in response to the warp speed of life my adopted mom said "Yes it does. Never realized it when I was 36[…]
An Apology to the Sun, God Moments, Day In The Life

An Apology to the Sun, God Moments, Day In The Life

The long haul flight boredom helped me discover the sitcom Jane the Virgin. For those who have not watched the series, the name may perplex you. The show about a mistake impregnating has light humor and enjoyable moments when Jane’s imagination takes over. A snippet of a short sponsored by Wells Fargo aired on TV which I curiously went online to see the complete version. Wells Fargo? This is an ad campaign with Wells Fargo sewn throughout but, I was wrong. For those on my Facebook, I have highli[…]
The perfect piece of art, a song, and a napkin #MondayMotivation #Music #theHumanElement

The perfect piece of art, a song, and a napkin #MondayMotivation #Music #theHumanElement

Over the weekend Nick and I stumbled upon Sugarboo & Co at Town Brookhaven. I entered the store and froze, gazing at a piece of art while a song (Spotify: Heartbeats; Jose Gonzalez ) hit my heart giving me a sense of calm. A minute... or two passed, unaware of the price I grabbed the art and gave it to the employee to purchase it. This store has incredible things, all unique, many intricate things that you cannot find anywhere else. This new addition to the house needed to be in the heart of[…]
Undercover Boss, Clergy and a Californian #HumanElement #TuesdayTakeaway

Undercover Boss, Clergy and a Californian #HumanElement #TuesdayTakeaway

My adventure to Europe with my sister is coming to an end, posting this from Delta 170, CDG-MSP. Heidi with Delta has been top notch, a great trip back to the US. Trump, that’s the Apprentice... am I the Undercover Boss… say what? Over the past week I had three interactions which made me reflect on my journey in life and give thought to pivotal moments that changed me. A quick search through my site, I found a post from July 2, 2011, Helping out a Stranger in the Armed Forces, Reflecting Back on[…]
The frail Dove takes flight and how we can live to Infinity #pause #4Gretchen #TuesdayTakeaway

The frail Dove takes flight and how we can live to Infinity #pause #4Gretchen #TuesdayTakeaway

What the hell do I write about? I wish I could yell at the top of my lungs, give out hugs, call my family, say I love you to everyone.  My heart has ached all day,how I feel tonight in my heart. On May 15th, I wrote about Jane Mitchell and her daughter Gretchen - Blog Post : An unsung hero, daughter battling cancer, will you dance? At 12:26 am Gretchen's soul took flight to the heavens above, leaving behind her husband, two baby girls, and her mother Jane. From the time it took me to write that […]
HURRY! Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Abraham Lincoln? #TuesdayTakeaway

HURRY! Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Abraham Lincoln? #TuesdayTakeaway

On Saturday, May 16th I was fortunate to tour the FAA tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through the New PDK Airport Association.  The tower has a 360 wrap around deck where you can see the entire airport and downtown. Photos | Exploring the tallest ATC Tower (ATL) in North America #avgeek Do you remember as a kid when you drew a Perspective? At a view of nearly 400 feet above the worlds busiest airport (2014 Passenger Volume),  the wind whispered the word Perspective in m[…]
If not me, then who, if not now, when? #MondayMotivation #MakeItHappen

If not me, then who, if not now, when? #MondayMotivation #MakeItHappen

I experienced unexpected challenges during my host provider change the last two weeks. The kinks worked out, the site now loads in 1/3rd the time. Now back to the good stuff... Happy Monday!  Can you believe that we are in June already? The many times I discounted my father's wisdom,  time flies quickly as we get older... He was right. For several months I sought out paths for a "creative" avenue, I pondered art classes to take, things to study but nothing resonated to my core. Thinking back to […]
Effie, Brace yourself, Thank You Mrs. Doubtfire… #TuesdayTakeaway

Effie, Brace yourself, Thank You Mrs. Doubtfire… #TuesdayTakeaway

Today's Tuesday Takeaway, Mrs. Doubtfire In 1993, Thanksgiving ushered in a new character named Mrs. Doubtfire who continues to bring laughter some 21 years later.  I'd like to share with you one of my favorite scenes of the movie, the interviews. Do you have a favorite character? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is0RMnx0sAo My favorite inquiry is a toss-up between I am Job and don't make me get the hose. While traveling over the weekend I debated whether a Mrs. Doubtfire clip from the movie woul[…]
The Detox I start tomorrow! I need your help! #TuesdayTakeaway

The Detox I start tomorrow! I need your help! #TuesdayTakeaway

Good Morning! Today's Tuesday Takeaway, time for a Detox. Phew, are we busy, busy, busy, busy people? First things first on the docket today, rollover to check my phone, tweet, update my Facebook status, comment on my friend's status, Facebook Messenger, post to Instagram, Home email, work email, junk email, send texts.... (lather, rinse, repeat) I can't fathom a world without social media, how would I talk to people? I would miss out on that post about the SNL skit and I just might offend […]
How One Restless Night Changed My Life #theHumanElement

How One Restless Night Changed My Life #theHumanElement

Mantra: man-tra (noun) - (Originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) A word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. A Vedic hymn a statement or slogan repeated frequently I often thought the phrase Happy Monday was an oxymoron. For those in the corporate world, it's the start of the work week and conclusion of the short two day break. The past thirty days has forever changed my perspective on life which will continue to ignite my pursuit in the better of humanity.  People […]
Video|Did you own any of these? Top 10 Ridiculous Infomercials #FeelGoodFriday

Video|Did you own any of these? Top 10 Ridiculous Infomercials #FeelGoodFriday

Happy Friday from Atlanta! What a great week it has been, the Pulling for Parker banner continues to fill up with words of encouragement! In preparation for the weekend I wanted to share with you a #FeelGoodFriday . A few years ago we had a Top 10 list which one week was Top Infomercials. We filled up the dry erase board and had many moments of laughter.  Later that year we portrayed some team takeaways as an Infomercial (But wait, there is more!)...  with a clip like this to kick it off. The Hu[…]
Deep breath, now exhale… You are ALIVE!

Deep breath, now exhale… You are ALIVE!

Gearing myself up mentally for a long day before me tomorrow starting early and non stop meetings. I took a pause last night reflecting on my #TuesdayTakeaway Challenge - Can’t Sleep? Maybe you are NOT living #TuesdayTakeaway Challenge: When you crawl into bed tonight take a moment to give thanks for air in your lungs.  Give thought to one thing you will do tomorrow to celebrate being alive. After all, each day when you wake up is a good day. I crawled into bed last night hearing the heavy exhal[…]