…under whose shade…

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

For some time, I’ve dabbled in blogging and posted to a variety of platforms, but I’ve yet to take it on all-out. I frequently ask someone who hesitantly shares a goal, “What’s keeping you from doing it?” For me, like the gameshow, Family Feud, I hear, “One hundred people surveyed, the top five answers are on the board, survey says?”

“Time. Time is the number one answer.” If indeed there were five answers, you’d probably guess reasons three, four, and five, but you’d get three strikes before you guessed my number two answer. I couldn’t think of what to title my blog. Wanting something unique that was neither claimed as a .com or Twitter handle yet, everything I conjured up, regardless of how clever, was already taken. For me, it was paramount the title had to reflect both who I am and what I contribute to the world. A double entendre or a play on words, especially with my name, would be a bonus. After multiple failed attempts, I thought back to a quote I’d recently stumbled upon, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” As I pondered this Nelson Henderson version of the Greek proverb, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit in;” I thought, this is what I do. I plant seeds of thought. Whether the children I taught or the teachers I led or the leaders I trained in workshop sessions and keynote addresses, I often don’t get to see the idea fully bloom. Yet, I take solace in knowing some of the seeds cast took root and are blossoming. With this blog, I hope to do the same.

So, I found my title, one that both includes my name and a phrase with double meaning (as in “Who’s Shade?”). To be unique, I added “under,” purchased the .com and claimed the twitter handle. And here we go…


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