The uncomfortable choices are obvious

Picture this: You find yourself mindlessly munching on a bag of sunflower seeds. Before you know it, you’ve eaten 200 of them.

Those 200 sunflower seeds could have turned into 20,000 in just a few months if you had planted them instead.

This analogy illustrates the power of investing in the future.

I am thinking about the tough in-the-moment choices I have to make to invest in my long-term growth. This is often uncomfortable, even if it’s obvious.

I say no to short-term pleasures to say yes to my ideal future. Not my ideal “now.” This means being intentional with my time and energy.

Especially now. My day job is busy, and my freelance marketing and writing hustle is growing. I am making sure that my actions align with my values and aspirations.

It’s easy to be caught up in the day-to-day and lose sight of the big picture. Worse than that is to be caught up in the day-to-day, aware of the big picture, but missing the follow-through.

Day after day, of focusing on the sunflower seeds in front of us, instead of planting them and nurturing them to grow into something more significant.

I want to achieve my goals and positively impact the most important people in my world.

The uncomfortable choices are the most obvious. Give up the instant gratification of eating sunflower seeds now to plant them and wait for them to grow later. The rewards of delayed gratification are much more significant. Sacrifice in the short term reaps much greater rewards in the long term.

Again – the uncomfortable choices are apparent. Are we following through on the obvious?

So, rhetorically, I’m asking you because I’m asking myself, Who are you saying no to, and who are you saying yes to when it comes to the time you want to invest in your ideal future?

I won’t be afraid to make uncomfortable choices and invest in the future. The seeds I plant today can grow into something extraordinary tomorrow.

Yoda said, Do. Or do not. There is no try.

“I want to be ______ when I grow up”

I sometimes hear my kids’ fill-in-the-blank:

“I want to be a movie star when I grow up.”

“I want to play in the World Cup when I grow up.”

“I want to be (insert something famous people do) when I grow up.”

Or their desire for a job when they grow up orbits around being paid a lot, not having to work too hard, and no one telling them what to do. Because that’s the antithesis of school.

These replies almost always fall under the category of “famous.” And so I often reply with the question, “How will that be important?”

I profess they want a chance to make a difference – for themselves, others, and those they choose to serve. Aim for making a difference because that’s important. Notice the difference between “famous” and “important.” We all – deep down – want this. Discovering this truth makes a life worth living.

I want to provide my kids awareness around choosing “jobs” or “careers” or “projects” that have significance, where they are treated with dignity and respect (and therefore learn to give it, too). But mostly, this is the environment where they will receive a chance to exceed their expectations of what is possible. And that’s an excellent way to live life.

What they don’t know yet, and what no kid knows yet, is that the sweet spot for “I want to be ______ when I grow up” is to engage with the people you work with to do work that matters with people that care to make a difference.

The type of people that do work that matters with others who care to make a difference are remarkable people. Those are the type of people that exude something that makes us remark to ourselves or others about them. And that is legacy.

Empty hands

He crumpled his napkin at dinner yesterday and let it drop onto his plate. With a gesture of surrender, he signaled that he was finished with his meal. I sat across the table from him, struck by the truth of his gesture: before we can fill our hands with something new, we must empty them first. This applies to our hearts as well.

I’ve often struggled to learn this simple lesson. Holding onto one thing too tightly prevents us from embracing anything else that comes our way. We see this played out in movies, where the drama of stepping into the unknown requires letting go of something familiar.

After my wife and I split, my six-month-old son and ex-wife moved out of state, which caused me a lot of emotional pain. We lost contact during his early childhood, and I held onto his memory tightly, fearing he would fade from my heart and mind. It took a while, but things eventually improved. However, I spent years missing out on crucial things that were right in front of me. It wasn’t until I recognized I was holding onto my past too tightly that I could move forward.

True healing can only occur when our hands are open, and our hearts are free. We can’t move forward if we’re holding onto stones or fisting the past.

This is why courage is necessary. We must have the will to let go and empty our hands, even if it means turning our backs on what we think might be missed opportunities. We must move forward on our journey. Our hearts will heal, and we will find new milestones.

So chin up! Put down your pain, and walk into the next chapter of your life with open hands and an open heart. Your transformation has already been written, and it’s waiting for you to embrace it.


Along the way, there have been tests and many more to come. I’ve met and made allies and enemies. There have been ordeals and showdowns. Difficulties have been the norm. My worst fears have trickled in here and there. Sometimes it floods everything. When we survive this, we are heroes and should give ourselves more credit than we do. The reward is knowledge, experience, and insight that equates to wisdom in the long run. I put my struggles in a noble context. The trials and tribulations I have faced and survived may not seem heroic. But knowing that I grow as a result, that it can make me a better person, makes it easier to relax and sit in the moment wiser for the time. And without needing to explain it away, either. That’s what I call bravery.

Freelancer seeks a skilled assistant

I am a freelance writer and marketer, and I’m seeking a skilled tech assistant.

I am looking for a reliable and skilled assistant who can help me with some technical tasks related to websites, blogs, and email.

Specifically, I need someone who can assist me with the following:

  • Editing and revising pages on a WordPress website
  • Setting up an opt-in form in Aweber and creating an RSS feed to email
  • Making a WordPress blog more Google-friendly by connecting it to Google Search Console
  • Installing Google Analytics on a WordPress website and setting up a site map
  • Creating attractive graphics using Canva.

Ideally, I’m looking for someone to work with me on Zoom. I want to share screens and collaborate on some tasks while others may be independent. I am looking for someone friendly, professional, and who has experience with these tasks.

Please let me know if you are interested and available to work with me. Or if you happen to know of someone you can refer, I’d appreciate that too.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Use my contact form to express your interest. 

Barefoot grateful script

I have an idea I could pursue, and I’m sharing it here to put it in writing for
1). to remember this idea for myself and
2). for you to have it and run with it.
3). to practice writing a script, which I’ve seen advertised on freelance job boards.

This would look like a video or an audio short.

It’s called Barefoot Grateful, and the idea is to replace an unhealthy habit (marijuana smoking) with a healthier habit (grounding, gratitude, and breathwork).

[Eric is standing outside, with bare feet on the grass]

Eric: Hello, this is Eric L. Walker, and welcome to day 2 of my 60-day journey of not smoking marijuana. As part of this journey, I’ve decided to trade my habit of smoking marijuana for a healthier practice.

[Eric takes three deep breaths]

Eric: Instead of smoking weed, I’m grounding myself by putting my bare feet on the earth and taking three intentional deep breaths. Doing this allows me to connect with myself and nature and appreciate the fresh air around me.

[Eric pauses for a moment to reflect]

Eric: I’d like to share something positive with you. Today, I’m grateful for my health and the opportunity to make positive changes in my life. I pray for strength and determination to continue this journey, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

[Eric smiles]

Eric: If you’d like to join me in this practice, all you need to do is kick off your shoes and put your bare feet on the earth. Take three deep breaths and share something positive with yourself or someone around you. It’s a healthy practice that can bring you closer to yourself by doing something intentionally and helping you cultivate gratitude.

[Eric takes one last deep breath]

Eric: So until tomorrow, I’m Eric L. Walker, sky-gazing, sunbathing, grounding in, growing in gratitude and grace. Thank you for joining me today, and I hope to see you again tomorrow.

Choose the right hills to climb

If my success is a progression of challenging yet surmountable hills to climb, then choosing hills that are not too easy nor too difficult is essential to achieve my goals. Be it in my career or personal life. So I seek to balance setting realistic goals and pushing myself out of my comfort zone to achieve growth. With each successfully conquered hill, I can gain confidence and momentum to climb even higher.

Perfect solution

The perfect solution to your money problems; health problems; relationship problems; or whatever problems don’t appear out of the blue. It’s challenging to start working toward solutions when you don’t know what the end looks like. That’s when you get stuck. My advice is to start down the wrong path right now because I’ve been there so many times. It’s messy, but if you start moving immediately, you cannot help but improve. It’s a series of intricate moves, but you’ll find your way back to where you belong. Go now!


The people who have left a lasting impact on my life aren’t usually in a position of power or authority. Anyone, irrespective of their social status, has the potential to inspire and uplift others.

The individuals who have encouraged me, supported me, and believed in me have been my peers, friends, or even strangers. Let’s recognize that everyone has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Being kind, empathetic, and supportive can create opportunities for others to succeed and achieve their goals.

Furthermore, when I think of the people who have impacted my life — a teacher, a friend, a mentor, an uncle… These people made a difference, and they continually did it, not just something they told me once. I realize that change happens when I seek to be less influential and more impactful.

Forward motion

As someone who has worked as a general employee, manager, school teacher, and independent freelancer, I know that the key to success is consistent forward motion. As a freelance marketer and content creator, I partner with owners, directors, decision-makers, and influencers to create forward motion, whether they have a specific goal or are simply adrift. We can achieve this forward motion by committing to a project and owning the work.

Focusing on the work and avoiding distractions is essential to keep moving forward. Whether I need to take the lead or work collaboratively, understanding the difference I can make is critical to my success.

I’ve learned that generosity is essential in building solid relationships with others with whom I share the vision. I can attract the right connections and build a supportive network of connections by sustaining that generosity over time.

Another vital aspect of forward motion is the power of connection. To make progress, we must be willing to partner with others and build strong relationships, which is an integral part of any project.

Creating value in the marketplace is the best way to gain forward motion. It may take some time, but patience and persistence will attract the right opportunities and connections.

Ultimately, forward motion requires a deep commitment to the work, a willingness to connect with others, and a belief in the power of what you’re doing. Since deciding to re-engage as a freelancer in September 2022, I’ve understood these principles’ importance. I am excited to continue on this journey of growth and progress.