Picking it up

It’s been a while and I’ve got to pick it up. The original intention of this blog was to share how my second shift job made it difficult for me to balance life, family and a job in a traditional 9 to 5 world.

Since my last post I’ve lost that job to a computer and am working a more traditional schedule yet it’s still not 9 to 5, it’s more like 7a to 8p.

Although the assimilation back into that traditional world was welcoming, as I took a job with my wife’s landscape business. I was brought closer to her, my children and myself.

I had to shift work from my career of twenty plus years and allow myself the humbleness of being retrained as I really don’t know the difference between an apple and a sunflower.

I also had to shift work from restless sleep to getting almost the recommended eight hours a day.

My roles also had to shift from being an engaged telephone and weekend dad, to an engaged telephone, in person daily and weekend dad. It’s given me time for important conversations and it’s allowed me really screw them up too.

Although difficult to admit, I’ve had to shift from my minimalist involvement into an all in role that includes management of household chores, sharing the bathroom and meal preparation.

Exercise, health and nutrition needed a shift too.

So, my intention to reinvent this blog, under the auspices of shift and work.

My blog will discuss my aging self and its problems of being an older gentleman.

Also, my blog will discuss my needs, wants and dreams of growth for my family and the role I play as a son, husband, father and uncle.

I am ten years away from retirement and that is bringing some stress and that will be discussed too.

When Al Gore lost the ’86 presidential election to GHWBush he couldn’t even carry his own state of TN. He said he needed to return home and mend some fences.

Well, that’s kind of what this blog and it’s reiteration will be for me. Some fence mending for my mind, my body, my spirit and my family. I hope that you’ll visit regularly and offer comments to create or continue a conversation.

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