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Third for third

“The most noble title any child can have,” Demosthenes wrote, “is Third.” — Ender

The “Third” mark in my life leaves me positively astonished with the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to meet and enjoy time with.

tilesWhenever I think on myself and my potential contribution, I cannot help but be grateful for the (significant) part of me I owe to others. A sample:

  • courtesy and serenity of temper, I first learnt to know from my grandparents, who while sharing time in their Manhattan home also committed me to a life of culture and art.
  • my first grade teacher gave us rapid mathematics skills that make cursory calculation almost instant. She also gave a trouble-maker a break, and I now assume everyone deserves a break, if they need it.
  • my sixth-grade teacher awarded high praise for creativity, and I never stopped believing this was within me.
  • my tutor taught me it was vital to learn new utilities, and the best companion to education is delight.
  • my friend, Steve, set an example of perseverance.
  • my hockey coach, an incredible leader, asked me to step into captaincy for all the right reasons, and I never forget. Ever. A Leader’s primary assignment is to create new leaders. Full stop.
  • rinkmy father, the focused advising of W.R. Murray, Queen’s Counsel, attended every game, and I mean, greater a tonne of hockey over a fourteen-year span. True commitment and grit. Utmost values.
  • my neighbour, the mayor of our hometown, encouraged me to pursue my doctorate, because it leads to a borderless world. (incidentally, our home town rink just down the way bears his name)
  • my high-school classmates made our gymnasium shake with laughter, my first-time speech in front of so many. Boy, did my legs shake, not that anyone noticed.
  • my sister would never let a joke linger long in the air, and we would oft laugh until our bellies and jaws hurt. I learned so much.
  • my friend Andre, Bonhomme, Bonhomme, sais-tu jouer?
  • chairmy first boss taught me to be cool with clients, always. Seek to learn many sides. Attend to details. Details make or break, completely.
  • my former roommate, Eric, related such virtue and we discovered some battles never end.
  • my first executive assignment gave me an impossible situation in which to trial my philosophies.
  • my dear friend and mentor, Dr. Michael Bennett imparted deep execution insights, and I was able to first teach from his guidance.
  • my dissertation supervisor, principal philosopher in Software Engineering, Usability and Modeling, helped me to grow in more ways than words can possibly describe. I am his retainer, for life.
  • my mother, prolific Canadian, Joan Murray, provided me every bit a patient spirit and calm. There is no rock, flower, water, or forest she has not touched with her life’s work.library
  • my IBM Manager taught me the (shifting) meaning of value, and I have pursued it since. My friend from the field imparted professionalism from aerospace. The game has changed.
  • the first interaction with government proved that value combined with well-executed innovation yields a wave ‘gainst greatest odds.
  • my client, you inspire me with your passion for positive change and I truly appreciate the opportunity to solve your mission-critical challenges; your success means everything to me. I remain in your service.
  • my wife, Shannon, you allow me to be a man, to make priority my life’s work, and to follow my heart into dear arms. Very dear.

To the next third.

A.R.

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