Hey Wait…Everything IS amazing!

First, watch this, I will wait patiently:

Thanks for coming back and reading now.  I don’t normally blog about work but I really did have a wave of gratitude wash over me for several reasons.  I work on a team of web developers and engineers at an insurance company.   Last night, we had a production deployment where we had to make some changes on several of our websites.   We all logged onto a meeting on the web, using technology that allows us to connect in one chat room, observe my screen as we worked through t he deployment and chatted both online and on a conference call to complete our work.  Our team is dispersed currently with two people on the west coast, 2 people in the midwest and 2 people across an ocean in Trivindrum, India.

The web and telephone tools we use now are standard fare for most enterprises both large and small… but take a moment to step back and enjoy the magnitude of this.  We all worked remotely and yet we could all watch one person work, offer guidance, troubleshoot, and continue sideline conversations to resolve issues that came up.  Not only do these tools give us the convenience of working in our Family Guy boxer shorts in the comfort of our own homes, but it actually gives us the ability to work closer to each other and provide an unparalleled level of support as if we were all huddled around one screen.  We have great technology at our disposal.  I know that sometimes I take it for granted, but I really did want to take a moment to pay my respects and appreciate this technology that allows us to be so far from each other and yet so close.

However, the best information and communication technology is all for not if you don’t have the people behind it to make the most out of it.  I work with a stellar team,  some of which I’ve worked with for more than 10 years.  I am lucky to be able to work with such great folks, but I have to say, last night really made me proud to be a part of such a great group.  All of us worked cohesively, we were all focused, we all worked calmly to solve the couple of hiccups that came along, and we worked quickly and efficiently to come close out the work that we started earlier in the evening.  It wasn’t just the work that struck me but how well WE worked together.  So, as I am grateful for the technology, I am also grateful for the great people, Marilyn, Candace, Dennis, Ajith and Deepu, that I worked with and that Iwill continue to work with while on our litle web team.

We really do live in exciting times.   We have a lot of adversity in front of us, but while we are faced with a mountain of debt, unsure financial times, we can also see that yes…everything IS amazing.  We don’t even need to look closely, just look.

This Too Shall Pass

I was inspired today reading a passage in Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”, about a king who observed a wise man and wanted the qualities this wise man possessed.  The king said, “I will give you anything you wish if I can be like you.” The wise man told him that he didn’t have enough in his kingdom for what this was worth so he would give this to him as a gift.

He went away and a few weeks later he came back.  He gave the king an ornate box made out of jade.  When the king opened it he found a simple ring in it with the words, “This too shall pass” inscribed on it.  The wise man said, “Whenever something happens, before you pass judgement that it is good or bad, touch the ring and read these words.  That way, you will always have peace.”

This is a reminder not only that the strife in our lives will pass, but also the good things will pass too.  All things are fleeting.  It’s an interesting thought for me to ponder on my birthday.

I thought about that a bit this morning over my celebratory spinach bacon and cheese omelette and it inspired me to put some music down on disc that’s been banging around in my head.  I hope you enjoy:

[audio http://markdeso.users.sonic.net/media/this-too-shall-pass.mp3]

I Don’t know what I’m Doing!


So, I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” about a man who decided to start juicing for health.  It inspired me to try it… I don’t have a juicer but have a blender.  Soooooooo:


Got tomatoes, cucumber, kale, mixed greens, parsley and spinach




I used a base of V8 (spicy V8… it’s spicy)

After the parsley got bended…




So, in the end it wasn’t the worst, but it sure was grassy…