Action Research – Assignment 1a

Who am I?

My name is Dr. James Colquitt. I live in Gray Georgia in the Southeast region of the United States. My life is a cluster of projects, problem solving adventures, highs and lows, successes and shortcomings. I have a PhD in Workforce Education, Master of Education with a focus on Instructional Technology, and a BS in Cardiopulmonary Science. I'm a RRT-ACCS, CHSE, CHSOS, and EMT. I know... more letters after my name than in my name means I probably suffer from a confidence issue or maybe imposter syndrome.

What is important in my life?  Why? 

This should not be a difficult question but for some reason it is. I value my relationship with God, my family, and my impact on society. There are things here I wish I could include as important but I can't because they don't exist or at least it does not feel like they are present. I wish I had a stronger relationship with God, My family and a stronger impact on society but ... well I don't. This sounds like the start of a therapy session.

In five years where do I want to be?  What is my living legacy? 

I've had to answer this question a lot over my lifetime. In five years, I will be 50 years old. I want to be healthier, with a more settled career. I'd like to be more focused on my work seeing my impact on society... specifically patient care. My daughters will be out of school and my son will be either finishing up his contract in the military or finishing up his degree. My wife and I will be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. 

What am I doing now that will help me get to my imagined future? 

At this point I'm running in every direction but getting no where fast. I feel like my friend Mustafa when we tried to teach him to swim... he was (and remains) strong, energetic, motivated, hungry for new knowledge and experiences... so when he started to swim his hands and legs went in every direction... but pushed against each other... and he sank rather quickly. I'm going in every direction hoping to grab something that will work, but I feel like I continue to sink, with the occasional brief success to lift me up for a moment.

How can I improve what I am doing?

Kicking to stay afloat. ... let me stop here for now.

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