Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Time To Get Back Into The Game
Retirement has allowed me to do lots of fun and rewarding things. I have been involved with mentoring programs in the schools, served on the Bar Association disciplinary committee (no, I am not a lawyer..but I digress), teach kayaking and still have time to paddle and camp and mess around in anything I wish. I get to go to Cincinnati and Chicago to visit daughters and grandson. Even so, I still have a lot of "free" time. Read: empty hours.
I can meditate just so much, and long walks with Ansel usually involve standing around while he does olfactory assessments on fire hydrants. For some time now, I have been painfully aware that I need/crave more in my life. I need to feel more productive. I need to use my unused abilities more. What to do?I once wrote a small book (The Hand Book of Peak Performance) with another fellow (the late Ron Hering). I love writing and have had many articles published in various places. I have, in fact, drafted a book based on one of the talks I give in my other business. I own the trademark Work/WorkShoptm under which I do writing, give lectures and do workshops. It emphasises a soul approach to work, interpersonal relations and the like. I am also a mediator and have enjoyed doing that. What I do not enjoy is the pure business end of things (keeping books is, to me, piling them up in my room).So, I have contacted SCORE (the retired folks volunteer group) and have hooked up with a mentor who will help me learn how to market my work. I am going to drag out the draft of the book and finish it, although I plan to rewrite it entirely. I have contacted Erich, a soul mate and trusted friend with whom I have done a lot of personal work, and begun developing workshop and book ideas with him. Finally, I have contacted a local tenems group that places physicians in short term or fill-in practices. This will require filling out paper work and may take for ever to do.
I don't know what I will accomplish through all this. I do know that it feels good to "take the helm" rather than let myself just drift. We shall see.
Paddle safe...
DS



9 comments:

JohnB said...

still have time for coffee and paddling I hope!

Alex said...

Good for you! What's the book about?

Silbs said...

All writers have time for coffee!
The book is about a man's life, how he becomes who he is and where that takes him. It is done from a unique perspective and format.

JohnB said...

"It is done from a unique perspective and format."

Perspective = Through your eyes???

Format = Super large print and lots of big pictures for my eyes???

Ron said...

I'm looking forward to reading it! Just a note, my aunt who usually reads my wanderings, mentionded to me over the weekend how she enjoys reading yours blog.

Silbs said...

It's always nice to hear things like that. I would welcome her comments.

Michael said...

Okay, but don't let us hear about the lack of time for paddling trips, paddling teaching, paddling fun! We'll yank that book right off your screen...

Capt'n "O" Dark 30 & Super Boo said...

I don't think you were ever out of the game. I think your just tightening the laces. I find this all quiting interesting.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Silbs. You rock on, dude.

--Thomas