Re-entry into reality


Artist rendering of Apollo space capsule re-entry. Courtesy NASA

I remember, as a kid, listening to and watching news reports about the first space capsules re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.  With thrusters they had to position the capsule just right so the base faced the earth.  This enabled the heat shields to provide protection from the terrific heat generated as the space capsule came down through the atmosphere. 

I need one of those heat shields because it feels like the heat is on!

“Houston, we have a problem.” 

Ok, so my issues are not life or death and it is unfair to compare to what the astronauts on Apollo 13 must have felt when things were not going as planned. However, that rationale is not helping the angst I am feeling.  I just returned from vacation and re-entry into my real world is going to be tough. 

On a positive note, our flight home was not interrupted in any way by the incident at FAA headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.  The same cannot be said for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who are stuck in Boston until Monday. 

Jumping back in!

I am facing a heavy schedule of meetings and work obligations and hoping that I have the where-with-all to juggle them. I feel particular anxiety about work. It has been a busy time and my absence means that others have had to cover for me. I am grateful for those co-workers who are willing to take on my duties as well as their own.  However, I know of at least a few issues that must be addressed when I return.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am privileged to be attending Roaring Fork Leadership this year. I have a three day workshop scheduled for later this week for that.  I am looking forward to participating in Jonathan Clark’s Mastering Performance course!  Boy, could I use that right now.   The timing is not great, but as I learned in my first RFL workshop, I need to be aware and fully present to make the most out of this workshop.    I have heard fantastic things about this course and am very excited. 

Plates spinning and home fires burning

Plates Spinning

By David Burlet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

 Additionally I have several other personal and community obligations that will be taking place over the next few weeks.  All of them are very important.  It is just a matter of keeping all the plates spinning and not letting any of them drop. It is also of critical importance for me to spend time with my family.  Wish me luck and the ability to get the most out of each experience while not burning out on re-entry into reality!