I ask because I kind of just won the lottery. I’m not trying to rub it in, I’m telling you because it was an unconventional win. I won the lottery by losing my job. Not exactly the ideal windfall and it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to you. But don’t worry, it didn’t make sense to me, either at first. But that’s why I’m here.

I don’t want you to think I’m a master of positivity because I’m pretty wrecked about losing my job. But I’m choosing to approach my change in work status as an opportunity. Whenever a significant change occurs – often beyond our control – we have an opportunity to choose our response. Our typical responses can either be positive or negative. Pro-active or reactive. In my case I am choosing to be appreciative, to feel gratitude, and to try really hard to improve my life and the lives of those around me. Because I can, I’m lucky, I won the lottery.

My wife has a good job, you see. Being able to pay our bills is not contingent upon me bring home a salary. I enjoy working, I have nearly all of my adult life employed, and I was once a tenure-track professor. But my contributions have changed as my family has grown and generating a small salary is not absolutely critical at this moment. Anyway, I suddenly have some time to focus on the personality traits and habits I’d like to change. I realize not many people have this luxury but I’m hoping that my effort to capitalize on my opportunity and share it with you might help somehow.

So that’s what I’m doing here. I’m spending my lottery winnings on this blog. I’ll begin by proving a bit of background about the issues I need to work on (they are common), a little more background about how I came to this opportunity, and a summary of how I plan to summarize my adventure right here.

 

 

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