Moving – Red Bull for the Soul


After living in the San Francisco Bay Area (again) since 2006, I moved almost 500 miles to what appears a great community of the Temecula Valley. I live in Murrieta and my home is located less than 5 miles from Wine Country. There are over 15 wineries; I suppose they can validate that statement, but having formerly lived 20 miles from the Napa Valley with over 1000 wineries and 400 tasting rooms; Napa Valley must be considered a Wine Continent.

Back to moving, it took the moving company two trips to deliver all our furniture, mementos and stuff. I’ve been at our new home for less than two weeks and I have been working as if possessed. Example, most of our 100 boxes has been emptied with items organized that I can park my car inside my garage. According to research, moving can bring on major psychological effects. Now I consider myself to be highly organization individual; it’s just part of my DNA. Sometimes it can be resourceful, and it can be an annoying characteristic. When one does move being prepared and organized are good qualities to employ, yet despite all the rehearsals expect the unexpected, one’s levels of positioned must be positioned on high alert.

As I passed out one night, literally from exhaustion, I thought about how “driven” I was to tackle this major endeavor. I was under no directive or time-line to complete this task; however my “drive” was uncontrollably, self-imposed. It was as if adrenaline was injected mentally, physically and emotionally. I wondered how could a package this phenomenon whenever an individual needed to be “motivated” was I seeking “Red Bull for the Soul?”

In search of our personal “drive thermostat” and learning how to manage it; I believe is a resourceful quality to succeed in life. Some people are motivated by deadlines; waiting for the “last minute” countdown as a way of life. Some need to have a list of “things to do” to carry with them. It seems more important to have a target, and then actually fire at the bulls-eye.

Goals and objectives are just not motivating symptoms for everyone to be inspired to embrace life. Recently in July I asked one young man what he’s up to and he stated he was focused in getting to move. However, in his situation his transition involves moving his one bedroom of belongings in November. As ridiculous as this sounds, he appeared to needs to have this endeavor on his radar to substantiate not having anything else in his life for inspiration – to each his own, but I found this sad.

During my experience moving what I found as the “carrot on the end of the string” was self-satisfaction. Each task I accomplished I took a brief moment to acknowledge the endeavor, no matter how small or significant. If I had taken the approach that my efforts only merited success based on the completion of my entire transition, I would be sabotaging my levels of empowerment in satisfaction.

We are not yet living in a “Star Trek” galaxy in which we can transport ourselves instantaneously from one place to another. We do live in a time where we can enjoy all stages of the journey, so realize that each step up a ladder represents a climb to the top.


Al "Skip" Solorzano
SKIP is a recognized expert in the field of diversity with keen ability to build strategic alliances, and successfully expand supplier diversity initiatives. He has consulted with multiple client sectors including pharmaceutical, insurance, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, utilities nonprofit organizations, business entities and employee groups. As a facilitator and learning consultant presents unique perspectives to develop solutions; and promote qualities to successfully work with others through diversity, team-building and leadership development. Solorzano has been featured as a presenter at conferences sponsored by such entities as: AT&T, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Social Security Administration. A former Governor appointee and member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; Solorzano has been recognized by United Way as Most Influential Hispanics of the Bay Area; and a recipient of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the Year award. Skip’s career endeavors as a corporate liaison, community leader and entrepreneur, provides the unique insight to write on an array of subject matter from learning processes; diversity; with a shared humorous perspective of life.

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