Keep me in your thoughts….Surgery tomorrow (22 October 2014)

All,

Thank you for your patience with my blog.  After a very successful Residency, which saw my Dissertation topic take on a life of its own, finally, my direction threw me yet another curve-ball and I am not back in the Doctor of Business Administration program, not the Ed.D. program.  Thank you goes out to my residency instructor who helped me with this decision and guided my topic and me back to where I needed to be.

With that being said, I am having to have Cervical Surgery (Neck) tomorrow to correct some issues from my Service in the Navy that has really hindered my neck and my quality of life.  I will be in surgery tomorrow morning and will have to stay the night.  Just please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, I will make it through and will let you all know how it goes when I get the ability to get back onto my computer and into my blog.

Take care, and thank you all for following me.

Lance “Devil Doc” Chennault

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Time Management – Really?

Time….Never increases in volume or quantity, but there never seems to be enough of it, in my life, to satisfy my procrastinating way of doing things.

Stress….Unlike time, there always seems to be more volume and quantity in my life.  Maybe it is because of my procrastination…Hmmmm, maybe on to something here 🙂

I have always been one to do my best work under pressure, whether it be because of time constraints, the nature of the job, or because of my procrastination, all of my successes, at least in education, have come at the last moment.  Writing that paper and finishing it with only hours to spare before the turn in deadline.  Constructing posts and responses with only minutes left before they are considered late, or just putting it off all together, because I would rather do something else and my motivation is wavering.  What ever the case, I feel that procrastination is the drug that fuels my desire to succeed.  Let me explain:

I have this 10 Strategic Point paper that I need to have done for my Residency that is coming up on the 6th of October in Phoenix.  I have done the research for articles, thesis, and dissertations so that I can find that gap in the research that will fuel my topic.  I have even started to read that research, highlighting important facts and studies that can drive my research.  I have even had a topic, re-thought that topic, and am trying to revise that revision of that re-thought topic.  STRESS…..STRESS….STRESS….oh yeah, on top of that…the 4 hours of commuting time every day to and from work.

Stress is my motivator, yet it is my “silent killer” as well.  Feeling overwhelmed has made me realize that controlling ones life, actions and motivators is hard, especially when I am trying to control the world 🙂  My wife has always told me that I need to control the things that I can control, not what I can’t control.  My first thought is: “Why can’t I control everything?”  I have told her numerous times that I rather be the Action Person, not the REACTION person.  I would rather control my own fate instead of having to react to someone else’s fate.  Make sense?  In theory, her statement is absolutely the key to lowering my stress and my anxiety in and of life.

I know that I need to get this done, I really do, but finding the motivation to finish up a class that I really have zero motivation for and trying to concentrate on this residency has driven me to the point of exhaustion, physical weariness and overall mental “ARGH”ness.

I guess it is time to just “REBOOT” my system, realize that I can’t and shouldn’t control every little thing in my life and just let life be.

What does this have to do with Time Management?  Really?  It has everything to do with it.

Control only that which you can, and just let life happen.  Good Advice Honey…maybe I should stop procrastinating and start living.

That is all…

Doc

September 11, 2001….where were you?

Today holds many different emotions for me.  Sadness, Anger, Pride, Danger, Flight or Fight, Exhaustion, Confusion, Wonderment, Disbelief and many, many more that I can’t seem to find words for.

9/11, the day the world stood still.

I was a Corpsman (Navy) stationed at the U.S. Capitol in DC and was assisting in a procedure on a member of congress who just so happened to be from New York when we got a call into the room stating for us to turn on the TV, there has been an event in NY that just happened.  I cleared it with the Doc and the moment we turned on the TV, not 20 seconds later, the 2nd plane flew into the 2nd tower.  The Congress member shouted an expletive and jumped out of their chair…as  the doc and I stared at each other in disbelief.

The alarm to evacuate the Capital rang out and we were thrusted into action.  Every individual in my command, there were only 12 of us, had a job to do in these types of emergencies, but all were centered around the safety of the Members of Congress and the Senate, with little to no concern for our own.  I was on the first team that ran out to 1 of our 2 ambulances on the grounds.  As we did, the plane that slammed into the Pentagon, flew right by the Capital and circled around to the Pentagon, as evident moments later by the black plume of smoke that raced towards the sky at the Pentagon.

Confused, we all had a job to do, and at that moment, adrenaline kicks in, your job duties become automatic and everything seemed to go in slow motion, even though they were happening really fast.  I have never seen so many members of Congress, or the Senate in a state of “panic” before and as I surveyed my surroundings, I have never seen so many Snipers in my life either.  They seemed to come out of nowhere and were positioned in very strategic “roof tops” around the Capital and surrounding buildings.

The day was a blur, but as I relive that day, over and over again, today seems very bitter sweet to me.

How this country has moved from being the most Patriotic country I have ever seen, to one that has become so complacent in the years following.  We seem so Arrogant, so “Look at us”, so “Never Again”, that we aren’t prepared for something like this to happen again.  The Boston bombings…remember that?

I was in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I am a Veteran and I am deeply concerned about the future of our country, the very country I protected for 20 years of my life.  What is it going to take to keep us Vigilant, Humble and thankful for the freedoms we have?

My Dissertation is focusing on our Military Veterans, and I want to thank each and every single Veteran, Active, Retired or Reservist that put their lives on the line each and every single day to protect this country.

9/11…where were you?

Feel free to share your thoughts and respond to this post.

Semper Fi and Semper Gumby,

Lance “Doc” Chennault