Real – Honest – Winning

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I just finished watching “The Family Man” which I guess is getting to be a Christmas tradition for me. It was a gift back in 2001 or so. So, now it’s one of the few movies I own. This week I read a post by a friend about feeling restless about not feeling at home even at home, and Just today I received a letter from another dear friend informing me that he is gay. I guess it’s all bring a few things to a head.

I have had it in me to return to school for more education. After spending the last couple years trying to walk the line as a company man / poster boy as a model Christian as part of my church, I have begun to feel like maybe there are ventures outside the covering of the Body I should be perusing. I wish there was life for me to be had more closely knit into a / the congregation, and maybe I’ve been the one choosing to find myself apart from it. Regardless, I’ve found myself dreaming about doing more than settling in an watching the world unfold. Lord help me if it’s somehow something other than your best for me.

Specifically, I’ve been working to own up to the desire in me there has been to join / explore / pursue the military. Four years ago the epiphany hit me. I could just do that. I tried to get some counsel when the idea first hit and much of what I heard was that it sounded like “escapism.” I’m interested in the experience, the credibility, the training, and being able to say that I’ve not ask anyone to do anything I’ve not been willing to do myself. These days the trick seems to be not screwing my life up … too much, and the questions of stewarding what’s already going on and what doors are even available seem to be key.

I like my job. I’ve got a good condo and car, solid friends, a good church, more family than most, and a keeper of a girlfriend, but it feels disingenuous to just ride it all out. I wish all the pieces fit together better, and I’ve got a sneaky feeling they may. It will just take “jumping off the high-dive” (taking the scary first step … and the scary second step … and etc) to get there.

I guess my propose in writing is to get back into a more honest place, willing to step into the things that seem set before me as right and good and even predestined (to whatever degree predestination works). Obviously, I want to talk about it, not like an ashamed shy eight year old, but like someone who is interested in benefiting everyone through playing square and dancing like no one’s watching.

I’m looking to get more honest with myself and everybody else, looking for and planning to find win-wins everywhere I go, and hoping and praying that (dear God) I’m not delusional and that somehow my hunch that I am supposed to go and do and be something apart from the norm is really true at the deepest level rather than some insecurity that’s turned into a self magnification complex.

So, talk to me about it, not because I need your approval or wisdom in particular, but because I need practice identify and believing the true parts of it all. Thanks – dpa

A Post About Things
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Let me know if any of these look interesting.

  1. System, Structures, Strategies & Policy, Protocol, Process
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  3. If God is All Loving, All Powerful, and All Just
  4. Why We Should Have the Moon and Even Mars Colonized by 2097
  5. What an Expert in Culture Could do
  6. Demons Per Capita
  7. Jarvis’s WWGD a Review
  8. An Insurance Exchange
  9. What Redemption Could Be
  10. The Plicit Way
  11. Primal Leadership a Review
  12. Art of War a Review
  13. Emotional Intelligence a Review
  14. Outliers a Review
  15. Blink a Review
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The Seven Wastes Lean Manufacturing Eliminates

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The original seven [wastes] are:

  • Transportation (moving products that is not actually required to perform the processing)
  • Inventory (all components, work-in-progress and finished product not being processed)
  • Motion (people or equipment moving or walking more than is required to perform the processing)
  • Waiting (waiting for the next production step)
  • Overproduction (production ahead of demand)
  • Over Processing (due to poor tool or product design creating activity)
  • Defects (the effort involved in inspecting for and fixing defects)[18]

Later an eighth waste was defined by Womack et al. (2003); it was described as manufacturing goods or services that do not meet customer demand or specifications. Many others have added the “waste of unused human talent” to the original seven wastes. These wastes were not originally a part of the seven deadly wastes defined by Taiichi Ohno in TPS, but were found to be useful additions in practice. For a complete listing of the “old” and “new” wastes see Bicheno and Holweg (2009)[19]