Highlights from Ronnie's Life Journeys
"Sometimes amazing ... Sometimes crazy ... And sometimes just bizarre ... But always moving forward with direction."
Insights about My Journeys
I for sure have encountered many Life and Relationship Journeys as I have unknowingly experienced living the Cycles of Life Transformations with an eclectic range of lifestyles and philosophies.
From a rich (not wealthy) man ... to a poor (not homeless) man ... and many points in between. From hippie ... to a practicing Buddhist in my 20's ... today, consider myself a metaphysical Jew. Been an on-again/off-gain successful-unsuccessful business (not path) guy for many years.
And now ready for my final Life Journey, a journey waiting to welcome me to a new beginning my heart and soul have never known. And I know I won't need or want another ... because of the incredible Gifts of Renewed Freedom I will receive.
Some gifts already have become a most valuable and precious ingredient of who I am today. For me, having such gifts defines the meaning of what feeling grateful and thankful are about.
And for sure, my life journal below represent perhaps only a third of my sometimes amazing, sometimes crazy and sometimes just bizarre life adventures, large and small. And the many diverse characters I played along the way and the many unique individuals and teachers I met that were all part of each journey.
And would not want to leave out the fact that for parts of my life, I've been a wandering (and at times, lost) soul ... and now in search of a few final puzzle pieces. And after you've read the journal below, perhaps you'll start to appreciate each stage to my many Life Transformations I have experienced. Next Entry
After my 1st year of college, I began my journey to search for the meaning to life. Was not at all clear where I should look but was convinced at the time, it was not in my own backyard. So I began my search while unknowingly living and learning the Cycles of Life Transformation.
Stops Along the Way - Adult Years
1981 Chicago ~ 2 yrs
1983 Cleveland ~ 2 yrs
1985 Madison, WI ~ 5 yrs
1990 Minneapolis ~ 4 yrs
1994 Tucson ~ 10 yrs
2004 Phoenix ~ 10 mos
2005 Tucson ~ 12 yrs
2017 Ashland to present
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(NOTE: The journal below represent only brief highlights of my life. I could easily write many pages for each entry, filled with memorable stories that I will always cherish.)
One of my biggest disappointments growing up was senior year of high school and being in the finals of the world class Illinois High School State Track Meet mile relay event. The track meet was held at the University of Illinois Stadium filled with 20,000+ fans. I was the third man on the four man relay team. Our team was in the lead when I got the baton handoff and could feel my adrenaline racing though my body as I heard the crowd cheering.
Then, in a blink, I was tripped and fell to the ground ... and looking up could see the other runners passing me by. Did not get over this haunting event for a long time ... but life went on anyway.
1966 - Chicago
After I dropped out of Oklahoma University and having the right family connections, got into the Chicago Motion Picture Projection Union. I worked a variety of union assignments in most of the major hotels in downtown Chicago and soon was assigned to become a TV film editor at WGN TV which I did for two years. Saw lots of TV shows and movies.
Union pay was more than good so much of my social wardrobe was designer and custom made clothes. (Today, I look back and grin as jeans and t-shirt are my basic day-to-day wardrobe.)
1970 - Marina Del Rey, CA
I had a compelling urge to experience more in life than being a union TV film editor so I moved to Marina Del Rey, CA to be close to the ocean and to go to school to learn about computers.
It was an incredible year of experiencing life that I only thought existed in the movies ... life with an LA twist.
1972 - Chicago
Next I returned to my hometown of Chicago where I was to have my 1st serious intimate relationship with a woman that began my exposure to so much about life and love.
And after it ended for me with a broken heart … for the next couple of years, I often found myself writing about my experiences of Life and Love as words poured out of me including many songs. (www.LOL101.me)
(Sometimes I still find myself lost in the shower singing some of those songs … with smiles from my heart of a past that once was.)
1974 - Chicago
After my relationship ended mid 1974, I desperately wanted to heal my deep emotional wounds and pain I experienced every day. And unexpectedly I found my relief by being vulnerable.
I met a gal who was a bartender at a nearby pub who had recently become a Playboy Bunny. We quickly became supporting friends to each other and she invited me to stay with her for a few months to heal.
This all was very soothing nourishment for my broken heart and offered me some welcomed temporary emotional relief ... but still had a long, long ways to go on the emotional roller coaster healing journey that was in front of me.
1975 - Tucson, AZ
After that, I retreated to Arizona … worked in the fields for a short time with other day laborers and decided to drop back into school at the University of Arizona at the tender age of 28.
I also became a pretty good tennis player and was often on the courts early in the morning ... and played in a few local "B" tournaments. I continued to write more as my life experiences kept on rolling.
1977 - Chicago
As my funds were running low, my next adventure unexpectedly announced itself and I found myself back in Chicago working for a multi-national computer corporation starting at the bottom as a computer programmer and quickly began to rise.
After a year there, they gave me free range and encouraged me to do my own R&D and create software applications that had never been created before. It was most challenging because the software I was developing required unexplored technologies and there were no reference books or manuals written back then to guide me. A most exciting and growing and rewarding time of my life.
1980 - Philadelphia, PA
Soon I was invited to corporate headquarters to live and work as the lead design architect for a team of software engineers. My team created one of the first global online distribution systems.
A few months after the launch of this project, I was asked to deliver my first international presentation at a sizable conference in Florida about this groundbreaking technology I had developed. And I have made presentations around the U.S. and beyond ever since.
1983 - Cleveland, OH
After 6 years of working for the multinational corporation, I wanted more freedom to find new avenues to serve and create ... so left the comfort zone I was working in ... and was founder of a North American IT consulting firm, Kaufman Group, Inc (KGI). I ran it for 16 years as it grew from just myself to a staff of 35 software engineers with offices in Minneapolis and Phoenix. We were hired by many large corporate and government organizations over the years.
1984 - Madison, WI
Moved to Madison where I began to grow KGI as a prestigious client there had hired me. Next Entry
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1993 - Minneapolis, MN
I was living in Minneapolis where KGI main offices were now located. I often was in Cleveland consulting for a few clients in the area. While there, I met my future wife and several months later got married. Shortly after that, we both moved to Tucson where I already owned a home in the mountains.
1999 - Minneapolis
I chose to sell Kaufman Group, Inc as I wanted to stop my frequent road trips around the country and spend more time raising my son. Annual revenues grew from $60,000 my first year to $4 million when I sold KGI in 1999.
In a deep way, I felt like I was selling my very soul as I had so much of my blood, sweat and tears invested in it after 16 years.
2000 - Tucson
It took a while to settle into my new lifestyle. But soon it marked the beginning of a new awareness of a place I had never been before ... a place called "me".
I wanted to keep on creating and developing new territories I had not explored .... so I started a consumer based information website that provided automobile reports to car owners. What made this website most valuable when I sold it 10 years later was the 2 million unique visitors to the website each year and the 600,000+ opt-in email addresses of our website members collected over the years.
Separated from my wife. This was the most difficult and heart wrenching choice I have ever made, but felt it was best for our young son to not live in a home where parents did not get along and often fought. I felt it was a very toxic energy that I did not want him to learn from or be part of in anyway. I temporarily moved to Phoenix for 9 months to get away from it all.
2004 - Israel
I made a decision to take a spur of the moment, 10 day trip to Israel that turned out to be the start of a life changing pilgrimage for me ... that I am still awed at the reality of the world history I walked in and experienced.
2005 - Tucson
Divorce finalized. I now was free to get on with my life but found I was still a wandering soul looking to come home to a place I had never known.
I began volunteering as a facilitator for an 8 week “Children of Divorce and Changing Families” educational support group in conjunction with University of Arizona. I led parent groups two to three times a year. A most humbling and rewarding experience. Groups usually consisted of 15-20 single parents and 20 to 35 kids. I did this for 9 years. Next Entry
2008 - Tucson
I chose to take yet another turn in my life and went to a 9 month Ontological Coaching program in Boulder, CO which impacted my life immensely in positive and dramatic ways. After graduating from the 9 month program, I became a member coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a global worldwide organization.
I had a heart bypass procedure ... chose having it done using the non-invasive DaVinci Robot instead of open heart surgery.
I am convinced my heart condition was caused by my chronic "broken heart" and from a magical relationship I had the previous couple of years that came to an end.
I was elected President of the International Coach Federation of Southern Arizona.
I continue compiling all my life writings and memoirs and songs from the early 70's to present into a book titled "Labyrinth of Life" www.lol101.me as a legacy for my son and others.
In a few days, I will have completed another trip around the Sun (Feb 12).
In hindsight, I am now fully aware that all the answers to all life's questions I had been searching for at the start of my journeys, were always here inside of me all along.
I have learned well to trust the wisdom of my soul and to enjoy my amazing Gifts of Renewed Freedom.