A mentor once told me that when God directs someone to do something and they refuse, He will continue to gently prod until one of two possible events. Sometimes He’ll find someone else to do it, and sometimes He’ll lovingly boot us out of our comfort zone to encourage us to go His way.
I didn’t get it at the time, but today I can say without the slightest hesitation that my mentor was right.
On December 20, 2017, I lost my job. Suddenly. Without warning. In the span of a single heartbeat I plummeted from a highly respected middle-manager who served faithfully for over twenty-one years to an embarrassing perp-walk from my manager’s office to mine, escorted by two once-friendly coworkers who observed me extracting some of my personal property after surrendering my keys, security card and two telephones before completing the perp-walk to my vehicle.
I did all the usual things. I applied for and received unemployment compensation. I polished up my resume and networked with my industry contacts. And I slept. A lot. I had no idea how exhausted I’d become until I slowed down a little and fell flat on my face–and stayed there for a month or three.
As I emerged from that dark cloud, I began a deep-dive examination of my life, the various things that consumed my time, and the touchy reality of where I stood on my likely lifeline. in the midst of this process, I took a long, hard look at the two websites I still had online–case-studies.com and danielfcase.com. To make a long story short, it looked pretty bleak. I pulled the plug on both websites (but kept the separate email server in operation) and continued my circular journey through the desert.
In early 2020, I had a totally wild-hair idea for a website. The idea woke my inner creative giant and captured my thoughts for weeks. I’ll spare the details. Suffice to say that one day it became clear to me that it was a really dumb idea. That revelation led to a “Lord, if not this, then what?” moment. I was finally ready to shut up and listen. A little over a week later, I had the answer. I came back to the place where I found the greatest fulfillment both creatively and spiritually.
All of the old content from 1997 to 2011 (the last time I updated anything) are gone. I may eventually re-create a couple of the truly timeless things, but hopefully the upgraded writing craft will block your memories and you’ll never notice.
It’s good to be home.