Ready or Not

So just finished PULSE 2016 Orientation.  There is a lot to take in and process.  Since getting accepted, matched and confirmed, there has been an onslaught of emotions.

The best way to describe is “Magenta”.  One of my favorite TV shows is The Golden Girls.  In an episode Blanche Devereaux says she has all these emotions and the only way to sum it up is the color of Magenta.  Like her I am not yellow with cowardice. I am not green with envy.  I am not red with anger.  I am not blue with hope.  I am not purple with passion.  I am not any of these because I am all of them.  During this process all of them hit at one time or another.  Or they all  hit at the same time.  What I have learned is that they are all relevant.  I accept them all and I will use them all to be a success in Viet Nam.

I shared a cultural piece during the orientation.  It was my family crest from England.  The motto of my family translates to “As I breathe I hope”.  As I start this adventure no matter what emotions I am feeling, I will always hope!


  1. It was a pleasure to meet you and share my Pulse story. I am so excited for you and will be following your journey.

  2. So excited for you, Chad! Thanks for sharing. Keep hoping… and go & “be the change.” Wishing you all the best!

  3. SUPER excited for you! Had a lot of fun with you and the other folks at the orientations here in Philly. I will definitely come visit you in Vietnam so we can do some yoga by the water.

  4. Looking forward to following you in your journey, Chad!

    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

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