PM Quote of the Day — Edvard Munch

Without fear and illness, I could never have accomplished all I have.

I wish I could make the same claim after my recent illness… perhaps I’m just getting old, but I was really wiped out by my recent bout with bronchitis.  I’m not sure that I could even manage a Scream.

However, there is something to be said for adversity’s ability to focus the mind on what’s important.  It is almost cliche to recognize that great trials can produce great character and inspired art.  But more minor troubles can also be enlightening.

While I was struggling with keeping up my energy level the past few weeks, I found that prioritizing my activities became much more important.  For example, I missed my blogging, but it was eating into my work and family time way too much.  Due to my befogged state, writing posts was taking at least two to three times as long (and the quality sucked).  Blogging had to go — at least temporarily — if I were to be effective at work and happy at home.

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3 Responses

  1. Welcome back…

    Illness and adversity are discussed in the book Dropping Almonds by Bach Anon. He is promoted to Vice President at the same time he’s diagnosed with heart disease.

    An interesting glimpse into the executive mind of Bach while enduring the uncertainty of heart disease and a new position. Changes with his health ultimately led to changes in his approach to management and big corporation.

  2. Hi Nozama, Thanks for the comment… I’ll have to check out the book. Illness close to me had a profound impact on my priorities and spiritual outlook… luckily I was open to the changes the experiences made possible.

    BTW, congrats on the success of your Red Raiders. It was enjoyable watching them beat UT (my father-in-law is an Aggie), even if it was only the vicarious pleasure of watching the victory of “the enemy of your enemy.” You all have a most entertaining team.

  3. Paul,

    The book is pretty cheap through Amazon and others. Thanks for the kudos on the Red Raid. My brother and sister-in-law are Aggies; I used to attend several games at Kyle field prior to Jones Stadium.

    I hope Leach has ’em ready for OU.

    If anything, Anon offers a very different approach to understanding business and how health can help us prioritize our lives prior to the ultimate ending of this life.

    Good to hear from you and glad to read the response.

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