This is a biographical essay that describes my forty-year journey (so far) of question-asking and creativity. It begins with a snapshot I took of a Mayan ruin when I was thirteen years old, which lit a fire that has never gone out. The philosopher Socrates once said our mission in life is to “know thyself” – which is a lot easier said than done! Every life is an adventure and every path we follow a mystery; hopefully, I’ve been able to make some sense of mine.
“Recently, an acquaintance asked me what I did for a living. After explaining that I ran a nonprofit that worked with ranchers and conservationists in the Southwest on land health and sustainability issues, he said summarily “Oh, you run a Think Tank.” Without pausing, I replied “No, Quivira is a ‘Do’ Tank,” which elicited a nod and smile.”
Originally published in the Quivira Coalition’s Journal, no. 37, January 2012