To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

“Some things you can’t find out; but you will never know you can’t by guessing and supposing; no, you have to be patient and go on experimenting until you find out that you can’t find out. And it is delightful to have it that way, it makes the world so interesting. If there wasn’t anything to find out, it would be dull. Even trying to find out and not finding out is just as interesting as trying to find out and finding out, and I don’t know but more so.”
Eve’s Diary (Mark Twain)

The great challenge of blogging is to find the line between honesty and over sharing. That is because people love the unfiltered posts in which we share exactly how we feel about people and particular situations.

Sometimes they read because the post is like a train wreck that you just can’t take your eyes off of and sometimes it is because it is well crafted verse that you relate to.

Consider the two ‘graphs above this to be the preface for my saying I am having trouble straddling that line today because the boundaries appear to be blurry to me so I am erring on the side of caution.

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Sadly the Federation hasn’t given me my own starship to command so I am not going to be able to share tales of wild battles with Klingons, Romulans, Borg or any sort of trouble with Tribbles.

However I am on the verge of beginning a brand new adventure and expect to find myself overwhelmed with ideas for new posts and memorable moments. Opportunity knocked and I answered.

It is a big moment for myself and my family and I am have this crazy feeling inside.

This thing is good, it is excitement and a sense that I am about to grab a hold of the brass ring I have been trying to snag for  a while now. It is an opportunity that I can’t pass up but it requires some pretty big changes.

Risk Versus Reward

Sometimes when you are trying to improve your situation you have to mix things up because the things you are doing aren’t working and the places you have been visiting aren’t providing what you need them to.

Sometimes you have to take a risk to get the reward you want and that is what I am about to do. The time has come to say goodbye to the City of Angels and see what lies just over the hill and through the woods.

It is not without careful thought and consideration. This was not a hasty decision and it would be false to say there hasn’t been any trepidation but it would be wrong to characterize my feelings as negative.

They aren’t.

They are very positive and I am very excited.

I am not prepared to say or share more details about this here so don’t expect me to say any more than I have. If you know me than you know how to contact me and I can answer your questions offline.

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I mulled over whether I wanted to use the quote above or one in which Emerson extols the virtue of experimenting in life because they both resonate with me. But I chose this one because something about it just made me smile.

It is a good reminder that there is virtue in being our own person and that there is merit in making decisions based upon our thoughts and no one else. Those who know me might laugh at that because I am not really one to do things just because others do them.

But this time around it is more meaningful because the kids are a bit out of sorts about this and it is a good reminder for me that sometimes we make the hard choices because we can’t grab the brass ring without taking a risk.

You know the sun is hot because you can feel it, but you can’t know all the details unless you go visit.  The time has come for me to find out first hand about some things so that is what I am going to do.

Tell Scotty to grab a good night’s rest because we are going to put the Enterprise through her paces real soon.

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  1. Craig McBreen February 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Okay, I need to catch up on your posts! This is what happens when I don’t come around for a while.

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  3. Tim Bonner January 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hey Josh

    Now this sounds exciting Josh.

    You’ve definitely got my attention and I can’t wait to hear what your adventure’s going to be.

    You’re certainly going for a positive change by the sounds of it. Take a deep breath and go for it I say!

  4. Brian Meeks January 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

    It sounds like you are on the cusp of a great adventure that Mark Twain would enjoy chronicling. Life is too short not to try something that is a little scary. A few years back I left my job at GEICO, making 75K, to pursue building spaces in Second Life. I did very well the first year and have been poor ever since.

    But, during this poverty, I discovered that I liked to write. That treasured find has made it all worth while.

  5. Mary Stephenson January 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Josh

    Nothing like leaving us on a “cliffhanger”! I could take guesses but I guess I will just wait and let you share with us “what’s up”. I hope that doesn’t mean you are going to drop of our radar for a very long time.

    Changes are good and I know kids are not always happy with decisions that adults make, even if it is in their best interest. I would love to have my own big changes, but alas, it will have to wait.

    So with that said I wish you much luck and happiness with your changes.


    • Josh January 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Mary,

      I don’t expect to disappear to even fall off of the radar for long, if at all. Might be a bit quieter for a while, but I am going to be around.

      When possible I’ll shed some more light on this, good things all around. Hope you have a great week.

  6. Julie Barrett January 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.” Malraux

    So, now it’s time for action and we are cheering you on from around the world. xo

  7. Kaarina Dillabough January 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    You have more than piqued my curiosity. Sounds deliciously exciting! Want to know more….Cheers! Kaarina

  8. Lori Gosselin January 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

    And the adventure begins! It sounds very exciting! Change is good for the soul, even rearranging-furniture change! I hope it’s all you want it to be!

  9. Vidya Sury January 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I wish you the bestest, Josh. 🙂 I loved the quotes. So I wonder when I get to say “beam me up, Scotty!”

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