Going back to Bangkok

I’m leaving Thursday.  Part vacation, part work.  This time it feels different though.  For the first time in a long time I feel my internal compass is working again.  It’s been pointing me in a direction that I no longer question, a direction that feels right to me.  It’s pointing me forward.

My old compass pointed me one way one day, another way the next.  It never seemed like it was doing that because of the changes around me.  It was just never quite sure of how to handle the questions I’ve always raised.

Now I have that foundation I’ve been looking for and with it, I’m able to push off of it and move forward.  Maybe that’s when the compass can change based on whatever else is going on around me.

At least this time when it does, I’ll be able to consider it.

Courting us

Though I tend to lean left, I count myself among many that have found ourselves defining our political viewpoints as independent.  Which means I am among those that the two parties are courting for our vote come November.

I like to think that I’m an independent in the way that I view what I’d like in our President, and the majority party in both the Congress and the Senate, but I do have to qualify that as a father of 3 young women and 1 young man, I am hardly comfortable with what I’ve seen this year from the Republican Party.  I’m not sure how anyone that is a parent to a girl could be comfortable with the direction the Republican party is taking when it comes to women in this country – or in any country for that matter.

Yet as much as I might not be comfortable with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, I don’t really know if I’m going to be that much worse off after November should they win.  What I am feeling though is that my kids will be paying a heavy price should they win.