Climbing Back into the Ring – Character Creates Opportunity®: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Well, I would first like to say I am sorry for not giving you a heads up on my decision to pull back from writing a few years ago. So many of you reached out to check in and I should have more broadly communicated my plans. I am sorry and I would be grateful for your forgiveness.

I jumped back into the ring to lead a small biotech company in 2019 and just needed to create the space to focus on the critical work of building the company to help make meaningful progress our on plans to develop treatments to protect the vision of patients suffering from retinal disease. It is purposeful work and our team continues to make good progress on making a difference at ONL Therapeutics, Inc.

I do plan to begin writing again and this blog kicks things back in gear. The theme for the blog remains unchanged, sharing insights and encouragement to build and strengthen our character. As our thoughts, decisions, and actions are grounded in timeless, universal principles like compassion, commitment, and honesty, we continue to build and strengthen our character in order to fully realize the truth that Character Creates Opportunity® to reach our full potential no matter what our circumstance.

In today’s world, with divisions being seen in every aspect of life and the machine (our computers, smart phones, newsfeeds, etc.) with hardwired algorithms guiding a lot of what we see and read about, how can we effectively find truth and do our part to make a positive impact in our world?

Our first step in finding truth is still anchored in trying to more effectively understand one another. We have become so complacent with a rapid, steady stream of data and opinions that we simply play the tape inside our heads like the hardwired algorithms in our social media feed to draw quick conclusions about another person, another situation, or another apparent disagreement that we skip the hard work of trying to better understand the issue or person at hand.

Like many things in life, we have a tendency to overcomplicate and overthink the situation before taking the necessary first step. It is important to remember that simple and not complicated, timeless, universal principles are often the most effective first step in dealing with the growing complexity around us. In today’s example of living with division in our home, work, and community, the first step is based on the principle of understanding.

It never fails in my own experience, and I am sure in yours, that when I become intentional and focus on simply trying to better understand a person, a situation, or an apparent disagreement, rather than quickly picking a side to stand with, I end up transferring a great deal of physical and emotional energy for conflict and being “right” into a larger desire to comfort and help the individual or the situation.

As we continue to work on making a positive impact in our home, work, and community, if we can become more intentional about taking a first step to try and understand the individual and the situation a little better, we will begin to head down a path of serving and supporting each other as opposed to spreading division. In addition, as we take that first step towards understanding, we will continue to build and strengthen our character and we will set a helpful example for others that Character Creates Opportunity to reach our full potential and make a positive impact on those around us.

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