The more things change the more things stay the same.

Two years ago I came to a fork in the road and I took it.  Now it seems I am back at another fork and this fork took me.  Prior to December 31, 2007 I had spent the previous 18 years as a leader in the Package Testing Industry with a few other assorted packaging specialties that I explored along the way.  In my position of leadership I could easily bounce ideas and questions off of my subordinates who were they themselves explorers.  But the talent that was available to tap into was exceptional.  I was almost always able to get input from experts who would feed my appetite for their grey matter. I was a grey matter vampire and didn’t know it.

So today, I am back doing what I left doing at my corporate position. Only now I am trying to give back all that I collected, borrowed or stole when I was immersed in Package Design and Development on a day-to-day basis.  As a Package Lab Consultant, I have to decide how I am going to maintain the comfortable retiree perspective I was enjoying before those who have identified me as a potential full-time contributor to their goals and objectives.  Being a Packaging Consultant was never my main priority in life, at least the remaining years of my life.  I think I prefer the “packaging career” side of me stay as an elective and not something that becomes classified as “work.”

I keep reminding myself that what I am doing is not being financially compensated, so therefore, I can’t classify it as a full-time career.  As long as it stays at that level, and I can maintain a realistic perspective as to what it is, then everything should stay manageable.  I hope so anyway.

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