Hi, and welcome back. Â ThisÂ summer has been an interesting one. Â Lifetime achievements and catastrophic failures in arenas personal and professional led to an amazing amount of stress and an overall reluctance to even sitÂ at the keyboard. The passage of some “me” time hasn’t done anything to totally eliminate the highs and lows, but at least the variancesÂ are more muted. Â There were days where all I could do when I got home was to collapse on the bed and close my eyes. Thankfully, those days are much far less, but they still happen. It is truly part of life. Â As I have said before, the experience isn’t where we find benefit, it is in the lessons we learn and the changes we make to improve. I keep tweaking and adjusting, but as always, life is a work in progress.
I’m not even sure I’m ready to sit here again, but I really believe that it is necessary. Saying what is on my mind comes naturally to me (maybe not such a good thing), and I need to do that again. However, and especially for any new readers,Â I didn’t begin Firehouse Zen toÂ shareÂ subject matter expertise (or ignorance, as it were), but to reflect my observations on change management in the hopes of creating dialogue. I learn from each of you much more than you learn from me. I am just a guy with a blog, who knows how to put a few sentences together and to ask questions. Â But I guess whatever intelligence I have is that I know what I do not know. I shared a commentÂ the other day based on a recent classroom experience: A smartass is someone who acts like they know everything; an ass is one who BELIEVES they know everything. I may be a smartass sometimes (probably more often than not), but I certainly know that I don’t have all the answers. Â So I look to you all, my readers, friends, family, etc. to give me the answers, and I encourage you to make comments and observations of your own. When I say something on here, I am certainly not the definitive authority on anything. Â But if I see a method or idea that sounds like a great idea, I’ll tell you about it.
So now that I am back, and hopefully some of my more reliable readers are too, I’d appreciate your sharing Firehouse Zen with others and getting them to join the dialogue. Â Every voice has a different perspective, and if we get enough of those voices, we may actually be able to triangulate solutions. Â I think it is safe to say that our world has many new challenges as well as old ones we still keep tripping over, and emergency service certainly is at aÂ crossroads: Where do we go from where we are today? I don’t know, but I have some ideas, and I’d love to hear yours as well.
Thanks for your patience. Spread the word. Â This site is not full of slick fire porn; it is meant to create thought, so it might not be for everyone. Â But those who have a brain and know how to use it are definitely welcome.