To the extent that I have acquired any wisdom during the course of my life thus far, which is highly debatable, it has been acquired through good luck and good people, as opposed to having grown from any innate capacity.

This site was conceived as a place for me to record my confusion,  thoughts, beliefs, frustrations, wishes, dreams, desires, and what little wisdom I have had the good fortune to acquire through the years.

Reflecting back on my life, I have many regrets, almost all based on my failure to be the kind of person I know I want to and should be.  I’ve always thought of myself as sensitive, caring, and attuned to both the wonders and the horrors of the world around me.  But I have a history of being a hard-nosed guy on the job, someone who frequently confused work performance for success, both personally and with respect to the people around me.  I’ve been very hard on myself for what I perceived as failures and I’ve been even harder on the people around me.  That’s true of my work life and my personal life.

Those are personality flaws that I’ve allowed to grow and have in fact nurtured along.  Those are flaws I’m finally striving to overcome and, to the extent possible, correct.  What I’ve written so far is just a very flexible foundation, but even the strongest and tallest buildings began with water and cement.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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